Obama cuts short his holiday as fiscal cliff battle heats up

WASHINGTON—US President Barack Obama rushed back to Washington on Thursday in a last-ditch bid to halt America’s slide over the “fiscal cliff,” only to find lawmakers blaming each other for looming failure.


Cutting short his Christmas vacation in Hawaii, Obama arrived at the White House and strode inside ignoring reporters’ shouted questions about the crisis, four days before a deadline to agree a deal on tax and spending.


He has returned to a sharply divided Washington, where the mood has soured on a possible plan to prevent hundreds of billions of dollars in tax hikes and deep automatic spending cuts from kicking in from January 1.


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