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Boehner, Obama Closer To A Fiscal Cliff Deal But Not There Yet

Negotiations continued between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday to avoid the fiscal cliff. Earlier in the day, Boehner prepared his fellow House Republicans for the likelihood that taxes will have to rise on top earners. He's also now talking about a "plan B" if talks fail to come to a deal. Tamara Keith joins Melissa Block from Capitol Hill.

Obama Keeping A Low Profile On Possible Gun Control Legislation

At the Newtown, Conn., memorial service on Sunday, President Obama spoke about a need to take action to protect America's children from gun violence. Since then, the White House has been decidedly quiet about his intentions, but behind the scenes, the administration has set several things in motion. Scott Horsley looks at options President Obama is considering and the politics of his personal stake.

Low-Profile Power Player Jack Lew May Be In Line For Treasury Post

Now the White House chief of staff, Lew finessed the 2011 deal that set up the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set for the new year — and did it in a way that put President Obama in the catbird seat for the current talks. Now he's a possible pick to be the next Treasury secretary.

War Hero, Trailblazer: Remembering Sen. Inouye

Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii passed away Monday at the age of 88. Inouye was one of the longest-serving members of the Senate and a veteran of World War II. Host Michel Martin pays tribute to the senator, reprising a conversation they had on the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Can Lawmakers Prevent Mass Shootings?

After last week's elementary school shooting in Connecticut, President Obama promised to use whatever power he has to prevent another mass shooting. Host Michel Martin speaks to Republican strategist Ron Christie and Keli Goff of The Root, to discuss how the debate could play out on Capitol Hill.