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Raising Taxes A Key Sticking Point In Fiscal Cliff Talks

Congress had hoped to be out of town for the holidays by the end of this week. That's not looking likely anymore, with the negotiations on efforts to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts moving slowly, if at all. Tamara Keith talks to Audie Cornish.
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U.S.-Israeli Relations Remain Complicated

Robert Siegel talks to Ambassador Martin Indyk, vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institute. They discuss Israel, and the complicated relations it has with the United States and its neighbors. He talks about what needs to come next to keep the tensions between Israel and other state players from spinning out of control.
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Analysis: Lawmakers Work On Violence Against Women Act And Fiscal Cliff

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the unfinished business lawmakers are scrambling to complete before the end of the year.

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Can A 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Be Both In And Out Of Reach? Yes

After President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's face-to-face meeting, there's talk about an agreement soon being struck. But every such analysis also comes with many caveats.
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D.C. Democratic Committee To Chose Council Member

D.C.'s local Democratic party will meet tonight to choose who will fill an empty seat on the D.C. Council, a process that is drawing criticism from some in the District. 

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How Obama's 2nd Inauguration Will Differ From 1st

Details are emerging about President Obama's inauguration next month. Unlike in 2009, a record-breaking crowd is not expected in Washington, D.C., this coming Inauguration Day. Plus, the festivities are expected to cost less than four years ago.

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Obama, Boehner Meet At White House Over 'Fiscal Cliff'

The closed-door meeting between the two men may be the first positive signs in days that negotiations may be moving forward. Meanwhile, a top Republican said Senate Republicans could agree to higher taxes on the richest Americans if it meant getting a chance to overhaul entitlement programs.

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