1. STANDOFF

    Obama to Boehner: Pass This Bill

    Evan Vucci

    President Obama is turning up the pressure on John Boehner to pass the Senate’s two-month extension of the payroll-tax cut. Obama called the House speaker to tell him the compromise bill was “the only option” to ensure taxes don’t go up in 10 days. Boehner, however, told Obama to call Senate Democrats and appoint negotiators to a conference committee on a full-year extension. White House spokesman Jay Carney, said Boehner’s sudden insistence on a year extension “doesn’t ring true” and that he should “do the right thing and pass the bipartisan compromise."

    Read it at The Hill