1. CLOSING ARGUMENTS

    Obama Blames the 'GOP'

    Pete Souza / The White House

    Is it almost over? The president gave his closing arguments on the fiscal-cliff fiasco in a rare appearance on Meet the Press Sunday. Obama blamed the GOP’s “trouble saying yes” for the failure to strike a deal. Referring to gun control, the president turned to Lincoln. “One of the things that you learn, having now been in this office for four years, is the old adage of Abraham Lincoln’s,” he said. “That with public opinion, there’s nothing you can’t do, and without public opinion, there’s very little you can get done in this town.” Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly says that the chances of a deal passing are “exceedingly good” and "hats off to the president" on his victory.

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