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Cliff Talks Send Parties Back to Old Corners

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
Boehnerís meeting with White House officials on the fiscal cliff Thursday did not go well, and he later questioned the presidentís willingness to reach a deal.

ďItís sort of up to them. ... The easiest place to start, the thing we all agree on, is making sure middle-class families donít face a tax increase next year,Ē the official said. ďThis stuff happens, but at the end of the day, working across the aisle to do important things is good for the country. Itís what the American people are looking for, itís what the American people want and itís what the president wants.Ē

Similarly, Nabors emerged from his meeting with McConnell saying, ďThings are going fine.Ē

Alan K. Ota and Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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