With House Speaker John Boehner signaling that he and House Republicans are ready to begin negotiations to avoid the looming fiscal cliff, President Obama will speak publicly from the White House at 1 p.m. ET on Friday about those tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect in January. Obama, who spent much of his presidential campaign calling for people who earn more than $250,000 a year to pay their "fair share" in taxes, is likely to continue to urge Congress to do so. An official schedule released by the White House Thursday said the statement would address "the action we need to take to keep our economy growing and reduce our deficit."
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