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Liberals Press Red Lines in 'Cliff' Talks

By Stephan Dinan, Washington Times - December 27, 2012

Republicans said Wednesday that it’s now Democratic leaders’ turn to feel the heat of trying to work out a budget deal.

After House conservatives sank his plan last week, Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, and his top lieutenants said it’s now up to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, to take the next step and try to write a deal that can get through the Senate.

But Mr. Obama and Mr. Reid are facing increasing heat from their party’s left flank to make sure Social Security isn’t part of any agreement.

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