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The souring of the Obama-Boehner relationship

Less than two months ago, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner were in secret conversations about a so-called “grand bargain” to address the country’s debt problems.


President Obama addresses a Joint Session of Congress inside the chamber of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hil in Washington earlier this month. ( REUTERS/Larry Downing)
Today the two men are engaged in an increasingly vitriolic public feud — a remarkable transformation that has mirrored the growing partisanship around the economy and debt and raised doubts about the government’s ability to solve the nation’s big problems.

While both sides insist there is nothing personal to the increasingly antagonistic relationship between the two, their public comments tell a very different story.

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President Obama’s delicate dance on Medicare

President Obama’s delicate dance on Medicare

House Democratic strategists make no secret of their belief that Medicare amounts to their political silver bullet in 2012.

The decision by the Republican controlled House to back and pass a plan authored by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan that would turn Medicare into a voucher system is regarded by many Democrats as a strategic error of colossal proportions.

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