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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) couldn't contain his laughter upon hearing Obama's plan.

The fiscal cliff talks: What do Republicans want?

President Obama has laid out his demands. And this time, he reportedly isn't just negotiating with himself

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
President Obama meets with cabinet members on Nov. 28 amid discussions regarding the looming fiscal cliff.

What a fiscal cliff compromise might look like

Publicly, Republicans and Democrats sound like they're miles apart in deficit-reduction talks. Privately, though, both sides know they have to bend

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
President Obama will go back on the campaign trail to push his preferred fiscal cliff solution.

Will campaigning help Obama win the fiscal cliff debate?

The president is planning campaign-style events to shore up public support for his push to raise taxes on the wealthy

 
Budget Battles : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: The pandering, boneheaded motives behind the payroll tax holiday

Temporarily lowering payroll taxes on American workers failed to stimulate the economy — and ending the holiday promises to invite major political blowback

 
Budget Battles : The List
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speak to reporters outside the White House after a Nov. 16 meeting with President Obama to discuss the fiscal cliff.

5 reasons to let the U.S. ride over the fiscal cliff

Cheering for steep spending cuts and tax hikes to kick in Jan. 1 is now a bipartisan sport

 
Budget Battles : Best Video
Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell speak to the media at the White House after meeting with President Obama to discuss the fiscal cliff.

The fiscal cliff talks: Are Republicans and Democrats close to a deal?

Lawmakers strike an optimistic note after meeting with Obama, raising hopes that Congress will spare the economy an unwelcome jolt on Jan. 1

 
Budget Battles : Analysis
With crusading liberals like Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joining the Senate, a bipartisan deficit deal may be hard to come by.

Is the Senate too liberal to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff?

Democrats have beefed up their Senate majority with the election of some "unabashed progressives." Will that make compromise even harder on Capitol Hill?

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Mitt Romney holds a copy of his plan to increase jobs and boost the economy during a talk in 2011: The former Republican presidential candidate may have been onto something with his tax plan.

Is Mitt Romney's tax plan the key to avoiding the fiscal cliff?

Democrats say Romney's proposal to raise revenue by slashing deductions for the rich could reduce deficits — without the tax-rate hikes that Republicans despise

 
Budget Battles : The List
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal chided his party this week for protecting the rich and "their toys."

5 Republicans who think the GOP should stop coddling the rich

In the months leading up to the election, Democrats successfully portrayed Republicans as the party of rich white elites. Never again, vow some conservatives

 
Budget Battles : Burning Question
If President Obama allows all of the Bush tax cuts to expire, say some Democrats, he may be able to force House Republicans to pass tax cuts for the middle class.

Should President Obama drive America over the fiscal cliff?

Liberals have urged Obama to play hardball in budget talks with Republicans, even if it means plunging the country into economic uncertainty

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama are about to engage in some fiscal hand-to-hand combat — and Democrats may have the advantage.

Are Republicans caving in on raising taxes?

In the wake of President Obama's decisive victory on Election Day, the GOP appears to be buckling at the knees when it comes to its anti-tax position

 
Budget Battles : Best Video
President Obama addresses the nation Friday about how he and congressional leaders will work together to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

The fiscal cliff: Obama's plea for bipartisan compromise

In his first public address since declaring victory Tuesday night, the newly re-elected president urges Congress to end the gridlock

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
President Obama and John Boehner will likely have to contend with Tea Partiers who refuse to back any tax increases in a potential fiscal-cliff-avoiding bargain.

Does President Obama have an advantage in the fiscal cliff battle?

A newly empowered Obama is heading into Round Two of budget talks with Speaker John Boehner

 
Budget Battles : Instant Guide
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) discusses the looming fiscal cliff on Capitol Hill on Nov. 7, asking President Obama to work with House Republicans.

Everything you need to know about the fiscal cliff

Washington and Wall Street are freaking out about a looming one-two punch of tax hikes and spending cuts

 
Budget Battles : Opinion Brief
Sure, things are looking good for the president now. But soon, he'll be facing a divisive face-off over the country's fiscal future.

Obama's next challenge: Can he avoid the fiscal cliff?

The president shouldn't expect a honeymoon after Tuesday's victory. Now that he has won re-election, Obama has to deal with a looming economic crisis

 
Budget Battles : Flashback
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Reid, "the most powerful Democrat on Capitol Hill," reportedly asked President Obama last year to give congressional leaders privacy to hammer out a debt-limit deal on their own.

Inside the debt-limit showdown

The U.S. was days from default, says Bob Woodward, and Washington was playing a game of chicken

 
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