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    Boehner calls for Obama response to GOP’s fiscal cliff proposal

    House Speaker John Boehner spoke about the fiscal cliff negotiations on Wednesday.
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    House Speaker John Boehner spoke about the fiscal cliff negotiations on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican negotiator in talks with President Barack Obama on avoiding economy-jarring tax increases and spending cuts says it’s time for the White House to respond to Monday’s GOP offer.

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    House Speaker John Boehner says that ‘‘we can’t negotiate with ourselves.’’ The GOP plan mixes $800 billion in higher tax revenue with cuts to Medicare and a stingier cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits.

    The White House has dismissed the GOP plan since it fails to raise the top two tax brackets for upper-income earners — a core campaign promise of Obama’s and a central demand in the current talks. So far, Republicans say that is a step they’re unwilling to take.