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Obama Changes Tack With Congressional Republicans

President Obama won re-election four weeks ago, and he's trying out a new leadership style which has him taking a different approach to Congress.
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Obama And Boehner Are Still Far Apart On Fiscal Cliff, But Don't Panic — Yet

Brinkmanship has long been a mainstay in Washington politics, and so it is still. Which is why it might be too early to give up hope that President Obama and congressional Republicans can reach a "fiscal cliff" deal despite how far apart the sides were Monday.
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Montgomery County's Berliner Not Worried About Fiscal Cliff

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner is optimistic his county would be fine if Congress went over the fiscal cliff.

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Closing Tax Loopholes Easier In Theory Than In Political Practice

Republicans want to raise revenue by closing loopholes in the tax code instead of by raising rates. But tax breaks like the charitable deduction and the mortgage interest deduction come with interest groups willing to fight tooth and nail for them.
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Republicans Counter With $2.2 Trillion Deficit Plan

On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner answered criticisms that Republicans have not proposed a deficit plan to counter the one from President Obama which they find so objectionable. Boehner's plan takes elements from presidential nominee Mitt Romney's proposal. David Welna talks to Melissa Block about the counteroffer.

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