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** FILE ** Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican (The Washington Times)

GOP warns Obama after 'cheerleading rally'

Republicans reacted angrily to President Obama's Monday-afternoon rally with middle-class residents, saying it seemed to them as if he was taking a victory lap for having forced them to concede on tax increases.

President Obama speaks to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington after meeting with congressional leaders regarding the "fiscal cliff" on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama cites Lincoln, then downplays comparison

Faced with an inability to reach a deal with congressional Republicans on the "fiscal cliff," President Obama is downplaying his own comparisons of himself to Abraham Lincoln, a president often credited with holding feuding Washington factions together.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, leaves the White House in Washington on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, after a closed-door meeting between President Obama and congressional leaders to negotiate the framework for a deal on the "fiscal cliff." (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Boehner: Obama blew chances to solve 'fiscal cliff'

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday that President Obama should stop casting blame and instead lead efforts to avert the "fiscal cliff," saying Mr. Obama could have solved the situation long ago if he'd put more pressure on Senate Democrats.

In this frame grab taken from APTN footage from Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, President Francois Bozize addresses crowds, in Bangui, Central African Republic. (AP Photo/APTN)

Obama deploys troops to Africa to defend U.S. Embassy

With rebels advancing on the capital city of the Central African Republic, the U.S. has deployed about 50 combat troops to neighboring Chad to support the evacuation of U.S. Embassy personnel and American private citizens, President Obama notified Congress in a letter Saturday.

** FILE ** This combination of photographs shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio as they leave the White House separately in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, after a closed-door meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to negotiate the framework for a deal on the fiscal cliff. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Rep. Bass predicts public will back Democrats in 'fiscal cliff' fallout

Is the post-"fiscal cliff" blame game already under way? A couple of Capitol Hill's more liberal lawmakers, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, and Rep. Karen Bass, a California Democrat who is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, took swipes at their Republican colleagues on Saturday.