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'Fiscal Cliff' Message Repeats Itself

As the negotiations drag on, the lack of progress means the key players have necessarily taken to repeating themselves. Sometimes, word-for-word, as they describe how they have worked for a solution while their opponents have stonewalled.
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Susan Rice's Decision May Spur Political Musical Chairs In Senate

With U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing her name from secretary of state consideration Thursday, attention turned to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as a possible successor to Hillary Clinton. And that would have repercussions on Capitol Hill and in Massachusetts.
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Obama And Boehner Meet Again; 'Fiscal Cliff' Still Looms

President Obama hosted House Speaker John Boehner Thursday, spending nearly an hour together in which they discussed ways to avert the looming "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax hikes that will arrive at the end of 2012. Boehner left the White House at 6 p.m., apparently without reaching a deal.
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Fiscal Cliff Cuts Could Hit Health Care Providers

The budget cuts set to take effect Jan. 1 were designed to be so draconian that they would force a long-term deal to trim the federal deficit. Scott Horsley talks to Robert Siegel about what budget cuts are likely to remain or be added in a deal to avert the fiscal cliff.
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Chronology: The Benghazi Attack And The Fallout

A look at the events surrounding the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and the controversy that followed. An independent panel has found that "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels" in the State Department led to inadequate security.
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Ambassador Rice Asks Not To Be Considered For Secretary Of State

She has been the target of sharp criticism from many Republicans because of what they have charged were misleading statements she made in the days after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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