Let Me Start: Look Who’s Talking

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with bipartisan group of congressional leaders in...
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (L) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with bipartisan group of congressional leaders in...
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President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met privately at the White House to talk about a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. It’s the first time in three weeks the two principals have met in person. While Republicans – Boehner included – have bemoaned the lack of progress on the negotiations in public, this private meeting is raising hopes that a deal will get done by year’s end.

With just weeks to go as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s options are wide open. But the big decision everyone wants her to make won’t be forthcoming anytime soon: Will she run for the presidency in 2016?

Michigan is the latest state whose Republican leaders are pushing anti-union right to work laws. Today, President Obama travels to the Daimler Diesel plant outside of Detroit where he’s expected to weigh in on the right to work battle.

With the Supreme Court’s decision Friday to take on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8, what are the odds of a split decision, and what would that mean for gay couples? A new poll finds that a plurality of Americans favors same-sex marriage.

A changed man: Former Florida governor Charlie Crist is now officially a Democrat.

Who’s the leading figure in the Republican party? A new poll can’t find a consensus pick.

So much for throwing the bums out: Many of the new faces in the next Congress are seasoned politicians, some with prior experience on Capitol Hill.

Mitt Romney was spotted sitting ringside at the Pacquiao-Martinez fight in Las Vegas this weekend. The AP reports he met with Manny Pacquiao before the fight and told him “I ran for president. I lost.” Pacquaio is a member of Congress in the Philippines who has said he may run for president there one day.

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Let Me Start: Look Who's Talking

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