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Some Dems: drive over ‘fiscal cliff,’ then bargain

November 14, 2012 • Business


Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., pauses while speaking to the reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Washington, as the lame duck 112th Congress returned. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats are pushing an unorthodox idea for coping with the “fiscal cliff”: Let the government go over, temporarily at least, to give their party more bargaining leverage for changes later on.

The idea has plenty of skeptics, and the White House regards it frostily. But it illustrates the wide range of early negotiating positions being staked out by Republicans and Democrats as lawmakers gathered Tuesday for their first postelection talks on how to avoid the looming package of steep Login to read more

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