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Obama, Boehner meet, no progress reported

WASHINGTON — With time running short to work out a deal to avert a year-end fiscal crisis, President Obama called Speaker John A. Boehner to the White House on Thursday evening to try to move talks forward even as pessimism mounted that a broad deal could be struck that bridges the substantial gap between the parties on taxes and entitlements such as Medicare.

Obama and Boehner met for less than an hour, not an ­encouraging sign, with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner joining the talks.

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