Fiscal Cliff

11:46am

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama: 'I Didn't Get Re-Elected Just To Bask In Re-Election'

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:44 pm

President Obama during his news conference at the White House today.
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10:15am

Wed November 14, 2012
Politics

VIDEO: President Obama's Press Conference

Screencap from the President's first full Q&A session with the press after his re-election
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1:45am

Tue November 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Hopes For Another Victory: Avoiding Fiscal Cliff

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 11:55 am

President Obama speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Arlington, Va., on Sunday.
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President Obama meets with labor leaders at the White House on Tuesday to discuss how to steer clear of the so-called fiscal cliff. It's the first of many meetings aimed at avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts at the beginning of the new year.

A week ago, the president proved again that he and his team are good at winning elections. The question now is whether he can translate victory at the ballot box to success in shaping policy.

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1:31am

Tue November 13, 2012
It's All Politics

Fiscal Cliff Would Only Dent The Deficit

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 5:30 pm

House Speaker John Boehner, seen last week, discusses the looming fiscal cliff.
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Virtually everyone agrees that allowing the nation to fall off the fiscal cliff would be a bad thing.

Government programs would be cut, taxes would rise significantly on a majority of Americans, and according to the Congressional Budget Office, the economy would fall back into recession.

But get this: Even if all of those things happen, there would still be a budget deficit.

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10:36am

Sun November 11, 2012
Economy

Congress Barrels Toward Fiscal Cliff

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

Here's a term you're going to get really tired of in the next several weeks - if you haven't already: The fiscal cliff. It's a combination of automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to hit at the start of the year. That is, if Congress and the president fail to find a way to avoid it.

NPR's Tamara Keith has this primer.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: Both House Speaker John Boehner and the president made it clear, they don't want to go off the cliff.

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