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Obama agenda: The grand bargain's back

The Washington Post: “By Wednesday evening, as House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) huddled with Obama at the White House, aides in both parties said a grand bargain to slice $4 trillion out of the federal budget over the next decade was back on the table.”

The New York Times adds, “Politically, the main question remained whether House Republicans would be willing to negotiate over any package that could be construed as raising taxes, and throughout the day there were signs of internal debate among party leaders.”

Politico echoes that point: “[T]he House GOP showed no sign of relenting, having come off a tough, almost party line 234-190 victory Tuesday on the same debt-and-tax question.”

A new Quinnipiac poll has Obama’s approval rating in Ohio at 46%, but he leads Romney by four points in the Buckeye State, 45%-41% (though he’s below the magic 50%).

The Center for American Progress’ Faiz Shakir pens a Washington Post op-ed arguing that the White House should allow its nominees -- like Richard Cordray, who was tapped to head up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- to speak. “The White House should take the muzzle off its nominees. Let them talk to the press over and over again to tout their accomplishments. Allow them to publicly defend their records, as they are best and uniquely qualified to do. By silencing a nominee, the administration gives its critics the opportunity to spout unfounded concerns about the nominee’s fitness to serve. The conversation quickly descends from one about the individual’s merit to meritless attacks on his or her character or qualifications.”