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  • CNBC's Steve Liesman takes you inside the spending proposals from both sides in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations and finds that the numbers don't add up.

  • Obama Names Biden to Head Gun-Control Effort Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 12:15 PM ET
    President Barack Obama announces the creation of an interagency task force for guns as as Vice President Joseph Biden listens on.

    President Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead an effort to draft policies to reduce gun violence, a call to action after the massacre of 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school.

  • How Obama Would Change Social Security Payments Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 10:33 AM ET
    Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Barack Obama and Harry Reid

    Obama's offer to slow the growth of Social Security benefits would force fellow Democrats to abandon promises to shield the program from cuts as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations.

  • Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, R-OH, speaks to the press December 18, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

    President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner pressed ahead on trying to avert the "fiscal cliff" after the White House rejected a narrow GOP plan on taxes.

  • Here's How Close Boehner and Obama Are Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 2:21 PM ET
    President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner

    Here's how close President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are in the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

  • Could a 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Include Cap on the AMT? Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 1:23 PM ET

    President Obama's latest "Fiscal Cliff" proposal calls for a permanent cap on the AMT, though it doesn't offer specifics on income levels and Republicans have yet to respond.

  • No 'Cliff' Deal by Week's End: GOP Sen. Corker Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012 | 10:33 AM ET
    Senator Bob Corker

    Republican Senator Bob Corker told CNBC on Tuesday that he does not think a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" will be reached by the end of this week.

  • Boehner's Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough: White House Monday, 17 Dec 2012 | 2:45 PM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner

    President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met for 45 minutes Monday in hopes of reaching a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff," but the White House suggested later that it was not budging from its plan.

  • Boehner Caves on Taxing the Rich: Will GOP Go Along? Monday, 17 Dec 2012 | 12:43 PM ET
    John Boehner

    The House Speaker says he is now willing to raise taxes on Americans making more than a $1 million a year. Conservatives have been staunchly opposed to raising taxes on anyone next year, regardless of income bracket.

  • Time for Tougher Gun Laws: Sen. Manchin, NRA Supporter Monday, 17 Dec 2012 | 12:26 PM ET
    Sen. Joe Manchin

    It may be time to reconsider an assault weapons ban after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat and member of the NRA, told CNBC.

  • How Much Money Would Taxing the Rich Raise? Monday, 17 Dec 2012 | 11:00 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Barack Obama.

    For all its symbolic value, the House Speaker John Boehner's plan to tax million-plus incomes would raise only modest revenues compared to the Obama plan.

  • The NRA Is Out of Control: Gov. Dean     Monday, 17 Dec 2012 | 6:50 AM ET

    Former Governor Howard Dean debates David Kopel of the Cato Institute on whether the U.S. needs tighter gun regulations following last week's school shooting in Connecticut.

  • President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service for the victims and relatives of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday consoled the Connecticut town shattered by the massacre of 20 young schoolchildren

  • Boehner: A Dealmaker and a Survivor in Tight Spot Saturday, 15 Dec 2012 | 11:32 AM ET
    John Boehner

    One month after getting a pricey bottle of wine from the president as a birthday present, it's been more bar-room brawl than friendly wine-tasting for the speaker whose job is at stake right along with the nation's economic future.

  • Obama, Boehner Meet on 'Fiscal Cliff' Friday, 14 Dec 2012 | 4:17 PM ET
    John Boehner with spending chart

    Face to face with time running short, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner negotiated at the White House Thursday night in what aides called "frank" talks.

  • Obama Won't Go After States Where Pot Is Legal Friday, 14 Dec 2012 | 9:17 AM ET

    President Obama says he won't go after Washington state and Colorado for legalizing marijuana.

  • How the GOP Engineered a Blow to the Unions Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 3:57 AM ET

    From outside Michigan Republican circles, it appeared that the Republican drive to weaken unions came out of the blue - proposed, passed and signed in a mere six days.

  • Obama Has 'Mandate' to Increase Taxes on Rich: Poll Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 6:30 PM ET

    A majority of Americans wants a compromise to avoid the "cliff," and most back President Barack Obama's prescription for doing so, according to a new NBC News/WSJ poll.

  • House Minority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., speaks at a news conference in the Capitol after a meeting of the House Republican Conference.

    Talks to avoid the "fiscal cliff" showed little progress on Wednesday, with Republicans publicly rebuking the Obama administration and one House member saying "it's getting worse, not better."

  • 'Let's Just Do It,' Dimon Says of Avoiding 'Cliff' Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 8:52 AM ET
    Jamie Dimon

    The U.S. economy could grow at a 4 percent rate and monthly jobs creation could get above 200,000 if Washington politicians can "grasp a rational fiscal policy" and avoid the "fiscal cliff," JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said.

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