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Partisan rhetoric on taxes, spending intensifies in D.C.

GOP, Democrats try to affix blame as deadline looms

WASHINGTON — With the country on the brink of a “fiscal cliff” that could plunge the economy back into recession, the partisan rhetoric over taxes and spending intensified on Tuesday, with both sides attempting to pin blame as the year-end deadline quickly approached.

The likelihood of a deal before Christmas seemed to diminish Tuesday, as both sides acknowledged they were running out of time.

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