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Fiscal Cliff Talks Face Test as Speaker Meets Caucus

In past weeks at secretive White House meetings, Speaker John A. Boehner and President Barack Obama have faced off in fiscal cliff negotiations. But it’s a meeting Tuesday morning at the Capitol that may be Boehner’s toughest negotiating session.

The Ohio Republican is set to meet with his rank and file for the first time since news leaked that he has put tax rate increases and a one-year debt ceiling increase on the table, and one Republican aide predicted “some major pushback” on what would be huge GOP concessions.

But with time running out before the nation goes over the cliff and public opinion turning against them, some Republicans are cautioning not to read too much into any political theater.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Consultant: Not Sure Offshore Wind Farm’s Worth Cost

It looks like it’s still a no-go for the Fishermen’s Atlantic City Wind Farm.

At least that was the conclusion reached by consultant retained by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to evaluate the state’s first offshore wind farm, which is proposed to be built 2.8 miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

“In summary, we remain concerned with the significant level of subsidy that would be paid by ratepayers for a project that poses significant technical risk,’’ said the final report by Boston Pacific Company Inc. and Outsmart BV, which reviewed the company’s application.  Click here to continue reading this story.

President Obama’s options on gun control

President Barack Obama’s call to action at Sunday’s vigil for the victims of the Newtown massacre has anti-gun advocates thinking that they may see progress, even though the president avoided details.

The White House continued that tactic on Monday — Obama discussed the shootings with Vice President Joe Biden and at least three Cabinet secretaries, but press secretary Jay Carney answered a slew of reporters’ questions by saying he did not “have a specific agenda to announce.”

But ideas are already circulating, including from Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who both have top National Rifle Association ratings and both expressed openness to new gun restrictions Monday.  Click here to continue reading this story.
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