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Obama to meet today with congressional leaders

‘Fiscal cliff’ talks down to the wire as deadline nears

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to the Senate floor Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to the Senate floor Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders at the White House today in search of a compromise to avoid a year-end “fiscal cliff” of across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cuts. The development capped a day of growing urgency. Obama returned early from a Hawaiian vacation while lawmakers snarled across a partisan divide, leaders in each party blaming the other for an episode of government gridlock that threatens the economy with a new recession. ...


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