Thursday in politics: Talk of compromise, and more

Phil Pruitt

Washington is in the midst of something of a post-election honeymoon.

Speaker of the House John Boehner expressed openness Wednesday to including new tax revenue in a legislative package to address the so-called "fiscal cliff," and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proclaimed, "We need Republicans to help us. Compromise is not a dirty word. I'm willing to negotiate anytime on any issue."

President Barack Obama, meanwhile, called leaders in both houses of Congress and on both sides of the political aisle to talk about working together.

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Expect more statements along these lines in the next few days from members of Congress, who return to work for a lame duck session Tuesday, and from the White House. All will be focused on the "fiscal cliff," a package of automatic tax increases and steep across-the-board spending cuts that are set to take effect in January. Economists have warned the economy could slip back into recession if a deal is not reached.

Time will tell if the let's-work-together talk gets tangled up in gridlock.

And then there is this: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas participate in a special citizenship ceremony for adopted children in recognition of National Adoption Month.

Sources: Yahoo! News, ABC News, Associated Press