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December 4th, 2012
10:59 PM ET

KTH: No sign of fiscal cliff deal progress

With 28 days before the deadline, there's no compromise between Congress and the president. No behind-the-scenes negotiating, no staff level talks, nothing. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.


Filed under: Congress • Economy • Fiscal Cliff • Keeping Them Honest • President Obama • Taxes
December 4th, 2012
10:24 PM ET

Compromise in Washington is harder than 20 years ago

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell says in his day, the parties worked together despite opposing beliefs. He tells Anderson Cooper why reaching a fiscal cliff deal is much more of a challenge in 2012 than it would have been decades ago.

Although the issues and views from both sides haven't changed much, the difference is the personal relationships between members of the two sides."You didn't have the total polarization that you have today," says Mitchell.

After he was chosen as majority leader, Mitchell's first priority was reaching out to Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole. He recounts to Anderson the conversation that would set the tone for their working relationship. Mitchell told Dole, "If we don't have some degree of trust between us, it will be an impossible job," and he promised never to surprise him and never to try to embarrass him.

And in the six years they worked together, no harsh words were exchanged. "We debated vigorously on the floor of the Senate, but it was not personal," says Mitchell.

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December 3rd, 2012
10:28 PM ET

Walker: Price to pay for going off cliff

David Gergen and David Walker discuss the partisan politics at play in the fiscal cliff talks.

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December 3rd, 2012
10:26 PM ET

KTH: Fiscal cliff blame leads nowhere

Keeping Them Honest, Americans want compromise, but elected officials are instead blaming each other for stalled progress.

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December 3rd, 2012
06:05 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Gergen: Will President Obama push us over the cliff?

Editor's note: David Gergen is on AC360 tonight at 8 and 10 .m. ET. Follow him on Twitter.

Forgive me, but haven't we seen this movie before in the aftermath of national elections? Usually, it doesn't end well.

In the weeks since his victory, President Barack Obama has argued - correctly - that voters are demanding that high-income Americans pay higher taxes as a way to reduce deficits. Some 60% in exit polls endorsed that proposition, and a Pew/Washington Post poll released this week found that 60% still support it. The president, then, has good reason to push the idea.

In a breakthrough, House Speaker John Boehner quickly lined up behind the idea of the wealthy paying more. He still disagrees with the president on how to get there, of course, but critics are losing sight of how far Boehner seems prepared to go. In private negotiations with Obama last year, the two men first agreed on raising $800 billion in new taxes over 10 years. When Obama pushed to see whether Boehner would go up another $400 billion to $1.2 trillion, the talks fell apart amid bitter recriminations and conflicting accounts of what happened.

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Filed under: Congress • Economy • Fiscal Cliff • President Obama
November 30th, 2012
10:41 PM ET

Rep. Terry: Republicans have no leverage

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Nebraska, says it would be politically advantageous for President Obama if no deal on the fiscal cliff is met by the end of the year, calling the administration’s proposals to tame the nation’s debt “disingenuous.”

"We come back from the election; we want to get the fiscal cliff resolved,” Terry told CNN on Friday. “But yet we aren't seeing anything from the White House.”

If no deal is reached by the end of the year, automatic federal spending cuts and tax rate increases will go into effect, a situation economists warn could slow economic growth and push the country back into a recession.

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November 30th, 2012
10:31 PM ET

Matalin: Obama does not have a mandate

Mary Matalin and Paul Begala debate the strategy behind President Obama's fiscal cliff proposal.

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November 29th, 2012
11:16 PM ET

Ellison: I won't sacrifice the interests of the poor

Rep. Keith Ellison says a fiscal cliff deal must protect seniors, low-income Americans and those with disabilities.


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November 29th, 2012
11:05 PM ET

Matalin: Obama's proposal is despicable

Mary Matalin and Cornell Belcher react to the tax proposal President Obama offered as part of fiscal cliff negotiations.


Filed under: Economy • Fiscal Cliff • President Barack Obama • Taxes
November 29th, 2012
07:02 AM ET

KTH: Tax cuts and political reality

Wolf Blitzer looks at why some Republicans are calling for a compromise with President Obama that would mean higher taxes for top income earners.

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