December 5th, 2012
05:28 PM ET
1 year ago

Source: Obama and Boehner speak for first time in a week

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner spoke on the phone Wednesday afternoon, according to a source familiar with the call.

The conversation, the first between the two in a week, did not result in a breakthrough in the ongoing "fiscal cliff" stalemate.

According to one source familiar with the conversation, Republicans have not agreed to move on tax rate increases for the top 2% of income earners, a point the Obama administration considers non-negotiable.


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  1. shoremanbrian

    @TeaParty MIke. Knock it off already. Its over. Can't wait to hear what you teapublicans will Brewing up in Jan. And a year from now when Countrywil be fully recovered from the "great recession" and striving and growing even stronger! ! ! The Man won the Presidency ! We are here at this place(out of great recession) because of his policies. The Man won the Presidency ! Give credit due and then sit back , and enjoy the ride....enjoy the ride Buddy.

    December 5, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Ken

    It's not just the US that will be affected. The whole world is watching and we will all be affected – and we WILL remember!
    I wonder how Boehner (and his lik) will enjoy being the most hated man in the world if he doesn't accept that the tax rates on the wealthy HAVE to go up and a deal isn't reached. That was the platform on which the winning presidential
    candidate ran – and won!

    Get over yourselves, John and the Republicans!

    December 5, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. man what

    Stop lie that's your new name lie its not going to work we know the republicans. Thay just lie and lie and lie Thay thnk its normal silly tpublicans

    December 5, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Boehner needs to find a way to get his party to accept the tax rates returning to what they were. There is no getting around that. The revenue needs to come in.

    December 5, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    The toughest negotiations are not those between Bohner and Obama; they're between Bohner and the Tea Party. These folks managed to scuttle the last such deal after the Speaker and President had agreed. They're trying to do it again.

    December 5, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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