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Hope for deal on taxes fades at break time

WASHINGTON — A week that started with hopes for a deal ended Friday on a starkly negative note, as Republicans and Democrats traded barbs and laid the groundwork to blame their opponents in the increasingly likely event Washington takes the nation off the fiscal cliff on Jan. 1.

House Speaker John Boehner essentially threw up his hands Friday after his strategy of unilaterally introducing a House bill imploded Thursday night in a humiliating collapse. After failing to bring his bill to the floor because of a lack of support, he said it was now up to President Obama or the Senate to find a solution.

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