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A hint of compromise in ‘fiscal cliff ’ debate

Republicans and Democrats jousted on Sunday over the best way to avoid the “fiscal cliff” but also indicated a growing bipartisan consensus that any solution must include a combination of spending cuts and revenue increases.

“I think that’s a given, and I think the vast majority of Americans agree with that,” Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The question is how do you do that and how do you allow taxes to rise at the same time [that] you fix the real problem? And the real problem is uncontrolled entitlement spending and a government that has grown massively.”

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