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On ‘fiscal cliff,’ both sides lay groundwork for debate’s next phase

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Private talks between President Obama and top congressional leaders in search of a deal to avoid the year-end “fiscal cliff” are accelerating, officials said Monday, even as the president began ramping up pressure on Republicans to extend tax cuts for the middle class.

November 23, 2012

Weekly Show

The panelists review the role of the Obama administration in brokering the Israeli-Hamas ceasefire agreement in Gaza.  Also, we examine the post-election politics behind the looming fiscal cliff crisis. Plus, what factors could slow down the U.S. economic recovery. Joining Pete Williams of NBC News: Peter Baker, New York Times; Molly Ball, The Atlantic; and Jim Tankersley, National Journal.  

Gaza’s grim prophecy

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Obama, showing support for Israel, gains new leverage over Netanyahu

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In the fractious relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, the shoe may have just shifted to the other foot.

For Obama and Clinton, their final tour in Asia as partners

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They emerged from Air Force One together, side by side, smiling at the crowd waiting on the tarmac below. Then as they headed down the stairs, she held back just a little so that she would stay a step behind him. For President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, this week’s trip to Southeast Asia is to be their last foreign adventure together in office, an intriguing, sometimes awkward closing road show that is nostalgic over a partnership at an end yet hints at a future ripe with possibility.

Abraham Lincoln, vote hunter

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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is so lush you feel like you’re watching it in a velvet chair. The dark parlors and White House meeting rooms are full of fire and cigar smoke. The Lincoln played by Daniel Day Lewis seems so familiar it reminds you of the first time you heard him, except of course you never have. But after my wife and I watched the film, her first reaction was to say this: “I kept thinking about health care.” She wasn’t talking about the gritty scene at an Army hospital. She was talking about the Affordable Care Act.

November 16, 2012

Weekly Show

With a looming fiscal cliff, we look at the potential for compromise between President Obama and congress. Also, former CIA director David Petraeus agreed to testify about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi.  Plus, Romney’s post-election analysis.  Joining Gwen:  Martha Raddatz, ABC News; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal; Helene Cooper, New York Times; and Charles Babington, Associated Press

 

The Political Storm Ends; the Drama Begins

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Perhaps it's just my imagination, but one of the most hard-fought electoral prizes in the nation -- the Buckeye state -- seems oddly quiet.

The 4 issues dragging down the economic recovery

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It seems bizarre even to mention this less than two weeks after the vote, but President Obama just won an election that was all about the economy. That’s what six in 10 voters on Nov. 6 told exit pollsters they were most concerned about. Not balancing the budget, reforming the social-safety net, or making the rich pay more in taxes—rather, improving an economy still laboring to find a growth groove more than three years after the Great Recession officially ended.

G.O.P. Governors meet, amid whispers of 2016

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The polite praise initially showered upon Mitt Romney for having waged a good fight against President Obama has given way to a plea from some Republicans: Please stop talking.