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Fiscal talks remain stalled

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio did not rule out a rise in the top income tax rate below the level President Obama wants, indicating that he has more room to compromise on taxes if the White House comes forward with flexibility in other aspects of deficit negotiations.

‘‘There are a lot of things that are possible to come from revenue, if the president seizes the opportunity,’’ Boehner said when asked about a top tax rate increase short of the 39.6 percent level of the Clinton-era tax code. ‘‘But none of it is going to be possible if the president insists on ‘my way or the highway.’ ’’

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