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Obama, Boehner clash as cliff edge approaches

1:59 AM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have been swapping barbed political charges concerning the fiscal cliff.

The president says Republicans should take the deal he's offering to avoid year-end tax increases and spending cuts.

Boehner is criticizing Obama for threatening to veto a fallback bill that would prevent tax hikes for all but million-dollar earners.

Boehner expressed confidence the Republicans' narrow so-called Plan B bill would clear the House tomorrow despite opposition from some conservative, anti-tax dissidents, but a cold reception awaits the measure in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Associated Press

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