Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume
Boehner staffers meeting with White House staffers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2012 5:04 PM CST
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – It might be too much to hope for, but it's at least possible that the public harumphing over the fiscal cliff might be nearing an end: With 25 days to go, the Wall Street Journal reports that private talks between staffers of John Boehner and the White House have resumed. One possible route to a compromise getting some traction: Republicans would agree to President Obama's demand to increase the top tax rate—it now stands at 35%—but the rate would not go all the way back up to the 39.6% of the Bill Clinton presidency.