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Obama to Return to Washington as Fiscal Cliff Looms

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U.S. President Barack Obama is cutting short his vacation in the Pacific state of Hawaii and will return to Washington to resume talks with congressional leaders aimed at reaching agreement on a deficit reduction package before the year ends.

The White House says Obama will leave Wednesday and is expected to arrive back in Washington early Thursday.

Early last week, the president said he and Republican House Speaker John Boehner were relatively close to an agreement on a compromise to avert what is being called a "fiscal cliff" -- $500 billion in mandated spending cuts and tax increases that would affect almost all American workers starting January 1. But by the end of last week, those efforts were in disarray as lawmakers fled Washington for their Christmas holiday break.

Obama and his family had also left town for Hawaii and what would normally be an extended vacation. But this year, Obama will return early for the fiscal talks.

The holiday recess began shortly after House Republicans abandoned an attempt to pass a Boehner compromise proposal that would have raised taxes for millionaires while keeping tax cuts for everyone else. Obama wants the tax break extended only up to the $400,000 level.

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by: Raymond Murdock from: Washington DC
December 26, 2012 10:36 AM
The silence must not be considered to be the wisdom of the fools, but as the honor of the wise men, which they possess, not the effect but the virtue of the taciturnity. Thomas Browne Las unnecessary laws are not good laws, but alone traps for the money. Thomas Hobbes. It works to support there lives in your chest this small spark of celestial fire called conscience. George Washington

by: Exenon from: Australia
December 26, 2012 4:11 AM
From an Australian perspective it is exceptionally difficult to imagine what is going on in the minds of the party of the super rich and the disenfranchised poor of the Republican side of politics. The perverse machinations that would lead America to the brink of another financial disaster seem to be revenge against Americans for rejecting them at the polls and an underhand way undermining President Obama for his attempts to keep America working during the engineered crash and for his wide spread popularity in his home and overseas.

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