1. STANDOFF

    Obama to Boehner: Pass This Bill

    Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to the media before a meeting with the conference committee on the payroll tax cut on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 in Washington.  From left, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., Boehner, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    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