December 10th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Obama, Boehner try to talk their way down from fiscal cliff

It's crunch time for avoiding the fiscal cliff as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner and their aides hold private talks on issues that will impact every American.

Three weeks remain to cut a deal before the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts of the fiscal cliff go into effect on January 1.

Obama and Boehner met face-to-face on Sunday for the first time since November 16. It also was their first one-on-one meeting in more than a year, when talks broke down on a comprehensive agreement to reduce the nation's chronic federal deficits and debt.

In a rare display of bipartisan concurrence, both sides issued identical statements after the meeting that said no details would be forthcoming. Staff on both sides also have been talking, but few details were available.

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  1. Canadian Observer

    We enjoy pepperoni pizza here in Canada. We often eat it on national holidays. Like Canada Day and Maple Tree Day.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Canadian Observer

    Sometimes we put maple syrup on our pizza to make it more Canadian.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Canadian Observer

    Remember to insist on genuine Canafian Maple Syrup. If its nor from Canada, it's just not good syrup. .

    December 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. mmmmmm

    turnip pie. It does a body good.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Fact

    Some of the tastiest turnips are grown in Canada. The frost makes them sweeter. Insist on Canadian turnips. Turnips grown the way Mother Nature intended.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Benn

    Goodnight everyone. We hope you have happy good dreams.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. saywhat

    Thanks but no thanks @ the prophet.
    Hi@little mister
    So it was you all the time & me pinning all on poor CNN.lol
    Have a very good night all.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. bdtchase

    The Dems need to realize that people voted in the Republicans to have their say. Its not all about them and higher taxes. There needs to be equal representation from both parties.

    December 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. ronvan

    How the heck did we get to talking about maple syrup and turnips?

    December 12, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
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