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President Obama vs John Boehner: It's deja vu all over again

This is what it looks like when grand bargains end.

The dueling press conferences today by President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner regarding the fast-approaching fiscal cliff had an eerie feeling of deja vu for political observers. After all, this was the exact same way that the attempts by Obama and Boehner to strike a big debt and spending deal over the summer collapsed. Threats over who would be blamed? Check. Assertions that each side has gone more than halfway to compromise? Check. Calls to "get serious"? Check.

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