Boehner: We’re at Fiscal Cliff ‘Stalemate’

    WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30:  U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during a news conference November 30, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Speaker Boehner held a news conference to respond to President Barack Obama on the fiscal cliff issue saying "There is a stalemate. Let's not kid ourselves."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    At least the two sides can agree on not mincing words. "Let's not kid ourselves, we've reached a stalemate," Speaker of the House John Boehner said Friday, filling us all in on just how poorly budget-deal negotiations seem to be progressing. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania Friday, President Obama told a crowd at a Tinkertoy factory that the Republicans' tax plan "is sort of like the lump of coal you get for Christmas.” Republicans rejected an offer Obama made Thursday, which reportedly asked for a $1.6 trillion tax increase, a $50 billion stimulus program, and new executive power to raise the federal debt limit without congressional approval. Republicans have called for more spending cuts.

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