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Cliff Talks Send Parties Back to Old Corners

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Boehner’s meeting with White House officials on the fiscal cliff Thursday did not go well, and he later questioned the president’s willingness to reach a deal.

“It’s sort of up to them. ... The easiest place to start, the thing we all agree on, is making sure middle-class families don’t face a tax increase next year,” the official said. “This stuff happens, but at the end of the day, working across the aisle to do important things is good for the country. It’s what the American people are looking for, it’s what the American people want and it’s what the president wants.”

Similarly, Nabors emerged from his meeting with McConnell saying, “Things are going fine.”

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

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