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President Obama speaks to the news media Monday after meeting with Democratic congressional leaders about a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts. He said "there are things that I do not like" about the compromise with Republicans in exchange for an unemployment insurance extension. (Associated Press)

President Obama speaks to the news media Monday after meeting with Democratic congressional leaders about a year-end bipartisan agreement to extend expiring tax cuts. He said "there are things that I do not like" about the compromise with Republicans in exchange for an unemployment insurance extension. (Associated Press)

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