It's Boehner vs. Obama in fiscal cliff talks

No aides, no other party leaders - it's just Boehner and Obama in fiscal cliff negotiations. Reuters: Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are "being kept in the loop," said an aide close to Democratic leaders, ready to work out any details. "The White House and Boehner have the most to work out, so they do the most talking," he said on Friday. Fundamental differences remain. The president is demanding that tax cuts set to expire on December 31 be extended for the middle-class taxpayers but not for the more affluent. If and when agreement is reached on that question, the two sides will try figure out a way to deal with the spending cuts, perhaps postponing or trimming them, and work toward a longer-term deficit reduction package to be taken up after the newly elected Congress is sworn in next month. "It's going to require both leaders," said Obama senior adviser David Axelrod told MSNBC on Friday. "Each is going to have to...(Read Full Post)