Lid on ‘fiscal-cliff’ talks seen as vital to success

Posted: November 18, 2012 at 5:53 a.m.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is joined Friday by (from left) House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after a “fiscal-cliff” meeting with President Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders sat down together Friday for the first time after a long political campaign and began negotiations on a budget deal. To reach an agreement, the negotiators should keep mum on the details of their talks and avoid giving a blow-by-blow of any progress being made to the media, lawmakers and political experts said.

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