Obama: GOP Actions ‘Puzzling’

    WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19:  U.S. President Barack Obama (R) announces the creation of an interagency task force for guns as as Vice President Joseph Biden listens in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on December 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama announced that he is making an administration-wide effort to solve gun violence and has tapped Vice President Joe Biden to lead an interagency task force in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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    President Obama said on Wednesday that it is “puzzling” that Republicans haven’t accepted his plan to avoid the fiscal cliff, saying he has gone “at least halfway” to meet them. “I’m prepared to get it done, but [Republicans] are going to have to go ahead and make adjustments,” Obama said. But the president insisted that there is “no reason” the country should go over the fiscal cliff, the name given for what will happen on Jan. 1 if no budget compromise is reached, allowing major spending cuts to go into effect and the Bush tax cuts to expire. Obama insisted this is a “self-inflicted crisis” that Republicans are putting the country through, and that House Speaker John Boehner's plan “defies logic.”

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