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Politics

Obama urges compromise on fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON — Talks between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff were overshadowed by political skirmishing Wednesday, sapping the momentum of just a few days ago.

With less than two weeks before $500 billion in automatic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect, Obama said he was hopeful progress in negotiations could be resumed. He called on lawmakers to start compromising and keep Washington political battles in perspective in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre.

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