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The President and Republican leaders concede their differences but promise a working relationship. Also, what do WikiLeaks documents show about the possible collapse of the North and reunification of the two Koreas?
Banner image: House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) (C) is flanked by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)(L) and House Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor (R-VA) (R) while participating in a media briefing after GOP leaders met at the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama on November 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Congressional Leadership Meets with President Obama ()
The White House originally invited leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress to a working afternoon followed by dinner on November 18. That devolved into a meeting this morning that ended well before lunch. But both Democrats and Republicans said afterward they really are trying to work together. Anne Kornblut covers the White House for the Washington Post.
- Anne Kornblut: Reporter, Washington Post
Can the Washington Environment Really Change? ()
After a meeting today at the White House, President Obama and Republican leaders promised to work together on major business before the end of the year. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will meet with members of Congress to resolve differences on the Bush tax cuts for wealthy Americans. Also high on the list are unemployment benefits and appropriations to keep the federal government running. Both sides agreed that the message from voters this month was that partisan gridlock is not acceptable. Is there a honeymoon? How long will it last?
WikiLeaks Cables on North Korea Offer Dim View into Relations in Asia ()
Early this year, American and South Korean officials began gaming out what might happen if North Korea collapsed and what China's role might be. After last week's shelling of South Korean civilians by North Korea, the United States and South Korea are engaged in major naval exercises in the Yellow Sea. That gives special importance to what WikiLeaks has revealed about diplomatic activity in East Asia. David Sanger is national correspondent for the New York Times.
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