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12:12pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Planet Money

Episode 425: An FBI Hostage Negotiator Buys A Car

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 12:17 pm

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The fiscal cliff, for all its grand theater, really comes down to people in a room trying to come to an agreement. People doing whatever it takes to get what they want from the other side.

On today's show, three professional negotiators walk us through techniques that members of Congress may be using right now. They explain these techniques not with textbooks, but with examples from their everyday lives.

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11:27am

Fri December 21, 2012
It's All Politics

Boehner's Power Outage Dimming Obama's Options As Well

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 11:53 am

House Speaker John Boehner speaks at a press conference Friday on Capitol Hill.
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The most important measure of power on Capitol Hill can be summed up with a question: "Do you have the votes?"

For House Speaker John Boehner, the answer once again appears to be "no." In a move that's hard to view as anything short of humiliating for the speaker, Boehner had to shelve his own "Plan B" fiscal-cliff-avoidance proposal Thursday evening after it became clear he couldn't get enough fellow Republicans to support it.

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11:03am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Sen. Daniel Inouye Remembered As Quiet Inspiration

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 4:10 am

Sen. Daniel Inouye "embodied the spirit of aloha," President Obama said.
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At a service for the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday, President Obama said if it weren't for the example of the long-serving Hawaii Democrat, he might not have gone into public service.

Inouye "hinted to me what might be possible in my own life," Obama told the crowd, which included Vice President Joe Biden and other friends and former Senate colleagues.

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9:16am

Fri December 21, 2012
Politics

Boehner Answers Questions About Withdrawing 'Plan B'

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Action last night in the U.S. House of Representatives suggests just how hard it could be to pass a solution to the tax increases and spending cuts due at the end of the year.

INSKEEP: House Speaker John Boehner has yet to reach a deal with President Obama so he sought to put his own plan before the House last night.

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7:53am

Fri December 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Boehner: 'We'll Continue To Work' On Avoiding Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 8:14 am

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the Capitol on Wednesday.
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On this morning after he couldn't get fellow Republicans to support his "Plan B" for avoiding the year end "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts, House Speaker John Boehner took some questions from reporters.

We listened in and posted updates. Hit your "refresh" button to see our latest additions:

-- Update at 10:12 a.m. ET. House Will Come Back "If We're Needed":

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