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President Obama is preparing to make a statement at 545 on the fiscal cliff. *Synopsis pg3 url***
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WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama plans to make a statement about 5:45 p.m. following a meeting with congressional leaders on the fiscal cliff.
Obama met Friday for about an hour with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
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