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Dancing tonight Mike thank you President Obama.
Is vehemently against the Michigan right to work law he spoke against the yesterday near Detroit.
Earlier today Republicans here in Washington on Capitol Hill accused the president of deliberately delaying talks to get the country off the fiscal cliff.
But late this afternoon word of a new offer from the president and a GOP counteroffer.
And we've been told the president and the house speaker John Boehner just spoke on the phone moments ago chief White House correspondent Ed Henry has tonight's update.
Good evening -- sort of promising.
Good evening -- some promising signs tonight -- just confront what you mentioned about that phone call today late today between the president and the speaker that follows what I'm being told by senior officials as what was a better than has been reported face to face meeting on Sunday when the president and speaker got together for that fought hush hush meeting here that it -- better and then on Monday the president put a new offer on the table lowering the tax increases for one point six trillion dollars to about one point four trillion dollars then the speaker late today put -- counter offer on the table so in private making progress although in public.
Still no deal.
Leaders in both parties today sounded increasingly pessimistic about getting a deal before Christmas.
Probably American people have to be scratching their heads and wondering.
Whether -- -- president gonna get serious.
With Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid charging the real problem is infighting among speaker John Boehner is leadership team over whether Republicans will support tax rate increases the speaker has to make an important decision.
What he's going to save -- speakership.
More the country.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell fired back that President Obama can't get fellow Democrats to back -- real spending cuts were basically running out of time.
It's time to see whether the president's willing to cut any spending at all White House spokesman Jay Carney simply held up the president's budget plan again it's it's not.
And history we've we've we've seen this before this is the document.
-- contains the specific spending cuts.
Except in that very budget the president includes 100 billion dollars in Medicaid cuts that would have come from shifting more costs to states.
Yet just yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services revealed.
It no longer supports those cuts because the supreme court's landmark healthcare decision allows states to opt out of the new law's Medicaid expansion -- is when hardy was pressed today on how the White House who make up those spending cuts he hedged but just minutes after demanding more specifics from Boehner on taxes -- When I got to get even more -- to see if we have more specifics for you.
This comes as the White House faces heavy pressure from fellow Democrats who today demanded no cuts to any of the health entitlement programs we're not budging on Medicare.
We're not budging -- Democrats were joined at that news coverage -- labor leaders who got a boost from the president yesterday firing up a union crowded Michigan.
Are giving you the right to work for less money.
After today's angry clashes in that state with one democratic lawmaker warning quote.
There will be blood if the right to work legislation signed into law.
Carney urged calm president -- and you know.
-- tonight advisors to the president are privately saying they think that speaker Boehner is publicly complaining about the need for more spending cuts to show his fellow Republicans he's pushing hard for their priorities.
But in private he's moving closer and closer to a deal will see even if there's a framework over the next 44 hours or so.
-- the president is bigger this still has to get through both the house and the -- that's going to be a big -- -- long way to go -- -- north -- and thank --
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