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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House to discuss the ongoing negotiations to avert the impending “fiscal cliff,” as a growing number of Republicans in Congress appear to be moving toward acceptance of Obama’s demand that tax rates go up on the wealthy.

Sunday’s meeting was the first between just the two leaders since Election Day, Nov. 6. Spokesmen for both Obama and Boehner said they agreed to not release details of the conversation, but emphasize that the lines of communication remain open.