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In recent negotiations with Mr. Boehner the President seemed to find his voice. These exchanges, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, were featured on Hardball last night:
"At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, "I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?"
"You get nothing," the president said. "I get that for free."
In another exchange:
"Mr. Boehner said he wanted a deal along the lines of what the two men had negotiated in the summer of 2011 in a fight over raising the debt ceiling. "You missed your opportunity on that," the president told him.
That night, the speaker and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) decided to make the biggest concession so far.
As the country the next day digested news of a brutal school shooting in Connecticut, Mr. Boehner called the president and for the first time offered to let tax rates rise—on income above $1 million. The president acknowledged the concession but said Mr. Boehner's plan wasn't raising enough revenue.
News broke the next night both about the concession and that the speaker was willing to extend the borrowing limit. On Sunday, the White House sent a plane to fly Mr. Boehner back to Washington for a morning appointment with the president on Monday,(but it now appears) the deal fell apart."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324731304578193770576333616.html?mod=googlenews_wsjIn recent negotiations with Mr. Boehner the President seemed to find his voice. These... more
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