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With each side denouncing the other's plan for the fiscal cliff, President Obama and John Boehner contine to argue about taxes [Photo:CNN].

December 6, 2012

What do Americans want from a Fiscal-Cliff deal?

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Congress is back in session and working on a solution for the looming fiscal cliff crisis [Photo: CNN]

With lawmakers getting down to business on a fiscal-cliff deal, interest groups are working overtime to tell the politicians what voters want them to do.

Obama vows firm stance on deficit-reduction plan

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President Obama reassured leaders of labor and progressive groups on Tuesday that he will not yield to Congressional Republicans and extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans as he negotiates for a deficit-reduction plan to avoid looming tax increases and spending cuts.

‘Fiscal cliff’ already hampering U.S. economy, report says

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The “fiscal cliff” is still two months off, but the scheduled blast of tax hikes and spending cuts is already reverberating through the U.S. economy, hampering growth and, according to a new study, wiping out nearly 1 million jobs this year alone.

Inside Congress’s End-of-Session Follies

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Faced with a House Republican bill that extends the payroll-tax holiday but doesn't raise taxes on millionaires, President Obama and Senate Democrats are considering financing the extension with budget cuts. And as House Republicans attempted an end-run around the effort by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to stall passage of a massive, almost $1 trillion spending package, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer called for passage of another short-term funding measure.

PBS NewsHour: Ohio Voters Weigh Repeal of Controversial Collective-Bargaining Law

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Gwen reports on the controversial and closely watched ISSUE 2 state ballot initiative in Ohio which calls for reforms in state spending. It's strongly supported by Republican Governor John Kasich but opposed by unions and public sector workers.

December 22, 1995

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The 1995 budget talks between President Bill Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress over how to reduce America’s spiraling deficit ended in political deadlock and a partial government shutdown. Republicans were demanding deep cuts in taxes and spending including Medicare; President Clinton wanted smaller cuts in spending and none at all in taxes. Sound familiar?