Boehner: ‘No progress’ toward resolving fiscal cliff

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, emerged Friday to say that “no progress” had been made on resolving the impending “fiscal cliff.”

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DeMint will leave Senate to head Heritage Foundation

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South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, an influential Republican who has helped prod his party rightward, will step down from his seat in January to become the next director of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

A Biden dictionary record? No malarkey

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Joe Biden: Delawarean. Vice president. Vocabulary muse.

In new data announced Wednesday by Merriam-Webster, a much-quoted Bidenism from the 2012 campaign set a record for the year in online lookups during a single 24-hour period.

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Obama sees signs GOP might relent on tax hikes for wealthy

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday suggested that some Republicans had begun to soften their opposition to increased tax rates on the wealthiest Americans, but sharply warned the GOP against looking to tie their budget fight to an upcoming debate over whether to increase the debt ceiling.

Ten fresh faces to watch in the new Congress

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Some will become household names, and some may be doomed to a quick re-election defeat or to toil away in anonymity. But every two years, new freshmen members of Congress descend on Capitol Hill, representing the country’s changing landscape with their politics and their life stories. 

Geithner urges Republican leaders to offer ideas on averting fiscal cliff

President Barack Obama’s fiscal cliff negotiator, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, predicted on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that congressional Republicans will accept Obama’s plan to raise income tax rates and limit deductions on people making $200,000 and over. “I think we’re going to get there,” he told NBC’s David Gregory.

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Obama, Romney - let’s ‘stay in touch’

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President Obama and Mitt Romney met today for the first time since the president’s sweeping electoral-vote reelection Thursday over lunch at the White House.

Over an hour — and white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad — the once-bitter rivals talked about “America’s leadership in the world” and “pledged to stay in touch,” according to the White House.

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Romney meets with Obama at White House lunch

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The winner of the presidential election met with the man he defeated Thursday as President Barack Obama had lunch at the White House with former Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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Inside the ‘Romney Readiness Project,’ the ambitious plans for an unrealized administration

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If Mitt Romney had won the presidential election, insiders say, it’s not hard to imagine what he and his number two, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, would have been tackling on this very day.

An extensive preparation plan dubbed the “Romney Readiness Project,” pulled together by the GOP nominee’s team and no longer of any use, offers detailed insight into how ready he was to take the reins, the sources told NBC News.

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Petraeus testifies on Benghazi attack

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Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified Friday morning before the House Intelligence Committee as Congress seeks to find out why the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi occurred and why greater protection was not provided to the facility. Petraeus will also testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Friday.  Both sessions were to be held behind closed doors and were not open to the public.


Obama sticks to guns on tax increase for wealthiest Americans

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His hand strengthened by Tuesday’s re-election, President Barack Obama on Friday invited congressional leaders of both parties to the White House next week for talks on how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, but reiterated his insistence that the wealthiest Americans must pay higher taxes as part of a “balanced” deficit-reduction plan.

Emotional Obama sheds tears as he thanks campaign workers

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President Barack Obama was among those who got teary eyed Wednesday during a surprise visit to his Chicago-based 2012 campaign headquarters, according to a campaign team video posted to YouTube.

"What you guys have done means that the work that I’m doing is important, and I’m really proud of that. I’m really proud of you," he said before choking up, turning his head and wiping away a tear.

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Whoops! Romney’s ‘transition’ website spotted by blogger

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Before the election, Mitt Romney’s staff prepared a transition website, in case the former Republican nominee was elected president of the United States. And even though Romney didn’t win the election, the site saw the light of day — for a few moments anyway.

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