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6:51am

Tue December 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Three 'Should Read Stories' About The 'Fiscal Cliff'

How long and how late will talks go? (The Capitol dome.)
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  • Mara Liasson, on 'Morning Edition'
  • Renee Montagne and Tamara Keith, on 'Morning Edition'

The back-and-forth continues between the White House and Republican leaders in Congress about how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that arrives at midnight Dec. 31 — when Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire and automatic spending cuts are set to begin.

The big news Monday was the "counteroffer" put forward by House Republicans.

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3:01pm

Mon December 3, 2012
The Two-Way

House GOP Sends Obama Its 'Fiscal Cliff' Counteroffer

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 4:26 pm

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner arrives for a news conference in November.
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Leaders of the Republican-controlled House sent President Obama a counteroffer that would avoid the fiscal cliff and cut $2.2 trillion from the country's deficit over the next decade.

According to NPR's David Welna, the bottom line is that it achieves those cuts with $800 billion in new tax revenue and the rest through a combination of cuts to entitlements.

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2:27pm

Mon December 3, 2012
Politics

Republicans Counter With $2.2 Trillion Deficit Plan

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 4:08 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

I'm Melissa Block.

And today there is a counter offer. Republicans have put forward the broad strokes of their proposal to avert the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled at the end of the year. It should sound familiar to those who followed the presidential campaign. House Speaker Jon Boehner offered a plan that borrows heavily from ideas put forth by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

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1:20am

Sun December 2, 2012
It's All Politics

The 3 Unofficial GOP Rules That Are Making A Deficit Deal Even Harder

Originally published on Sun December 2, 2012 5:40 pm

House Speaker John Boehner takes questions during a news conference Friday on Capitol Hill.
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Making an already head-splittingly difficult deal on the fiscal cliff even harder to resolve is a set of three rules by which the Republicans who run the House play.

These are not official regulations; they're more shibboleths that House GOP leaders have adopted in recent years. And those rules are leaving House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, little room to maneuver as lawmakers try to avoid a set of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect at the end of the year.

1. "The majority of the majority"

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10:39am

Sat December 1, 2012
It's All Politics

Think Congressional Gridlock Is Bad? If Reid Changes Filibuster Rules, Look Out

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 10:44 am

Jimmy Stewart in a scene from the 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
AP

Sen. Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, was clearly frustrated with the tactics some of his colleagues were using to gum up the legislative process.

The mere threat of a filibuster of a procedural motion to allow the defense authorization bill to be considered on the floor caused the Senate's leadership to balk at scheduling the legislation at all.

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