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December 31st, 2012
11:04 AM ET

National Journal reporter Chris Frates weighs in on the latest fiscal cliff negotiations

The key figures involved in fiscal cliff talks have released few details about negotiations since they restarted Sunday afternoon. Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took over negotiations on Sunday. Sourves say a big stumbling block has been avoided due to Republicans reportedly dropping their demand to reduce social security "cost of living increases." National Journal reporter Chris Frates has been working the story from Capitol Hill all night into Monday morning and weighs in on the latest fiscal cliff negotiations.

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  1. C.A.Franklin

    The fiscal cliff,congress created the situation and now they're acting like President Obama is the blame. The people who report the new is talking about why a deal isn't being agreed on,they always talk about who's winning or losing.There are a lot of people calling talk shows and blogging, say they blame President Obama, why don't you all (media) explain in simple terms( I know it's has been done before) how bill get to be the law. Most of us know tthat the president doesn't write the bill or bills he does have the power to sign a bill after it pass thru the house and senate.

    If the media wood push that thought you know and I know the public wood change their mind set and start blame the house and senate. When ever a republican is interviewed on tv they always say the president hasn't given them what he want in the bill or his vision for the country or he doesn't understand,no one ever correct them or ask the person to explain why they think the president don't understand is it because they think they're smarter? If they were smarter the country wouldn't be in this bad situation, because they (republicans) wanted to fight two wars on credit,shipping jobs out of the country to avoid taxes, millions lost their jobs, the health care system is over charging just to make a few people rich on the back of the sick and the healthy. Some of our leaders should be reminded that it doesn't always have to be bigger or cost the most to be better.

    December 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. C.A.Franklin

    I watch CNN almost everyday or night,I am feed up with all this talk about who's winning and who's losing.Why don't you explan to the people how these issues will affect them. Every new network talks about middle class, how about adding the poor to this conversation? Explain what the republicans want to do. There are some politicians in washington
    talking about raising the retirement age,this should be talked about openly. Some people age faster than others, some people work jobs that wont allow them to work 35,40 or 50 years and their health will dictate how long they can work.
    I know most of the personality on the new are in the higher income bracket,May be this is why we don't get the information needed to help educate the public.

    December 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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