|ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press|
Obama's announcement was a recognition that chances for a larger agreement before year's end have probably collapsed. It also suggested that any chance for a smaller deal may rest in the
"In the next few days, I've asked leaders of
Maybe, maybe not. The latest plan faces uncertainty at best in the sharply divided
Boehner, giving the
Earlier, Boehner said Obama needs to give more ground to reach an agreement and that both he and Obama had indicated in a Monday telephone call that their latest offers represented their bottom lines. "How we get there," he added, "God only knows."
Obama announced his plans after talking by phone with Boehner and meeting with Senate Majority Leader
Boehner spoke in the morning, describing the increasingly tangled attempts to beat the
"Because of the political divide in the country, because of the divide here in
Obama said that in his negotiations with Boehner, he had offered to meet Republicans halfway when it came to taxes and "more than halfway" toward their target for spending cuts.
It's clear, however, that there's great resistance in