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Obama agenda: Bluff or hard line?

The AP’s Pace: “It may be just a bluff or a bargaining ploy, but the White House is signaling that President Barack Obama is willing to let the country go over the ‘fiscal cliff,’ a hard-line negotiating strategy aimed at winning concessions from Republicans on taxes.”

The White House yesterday was trying to put going over the cliff squarely on Republicans. Said Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer: “This is a choice of the Republican Party. If they are willing to do higher rates on the wealthy, there’s a lot we can talk about. And if they are not, then they'll push us over the cliff.’’

“President Barack Obama will renew his case for tax hikes on wealthy Americans to avert a year-end fiscal crunch and call for a smooth increase in the nation's borrowing limit in a speech to a business group on Wednesday, a White House official said,” Reuters reports.

“Native American tribal leaders are concerned that steady progress on their issues might be undermined if President Barack Obama and Congress make deep spending cuts to avoid the ‘fiscal cliff,’” AP writes. “More than 500 tribal leaders were taking those concerns to the fourth White House Tribal Nations summit, which convenes Wednesday.”

“Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, one of the most influential figures in fashion, is on President Obama’s short list to be the U.S. ambassador to either Britain or France,” the New York Daily News writes. “Wintour, 63, is under consideration not because of her fashion sense, but her fund-raising prowess. She was one of Obama’s top bundlers of donations in the campaign, raising more than $500,000 for his reelection.”