By Ed O’Keefe and Paul Kane
Monday, October 10, 2012

President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) met Sunday afternoon at the White House to continue discussions over how to avert the “fiscal cliff,” their first in-person gathering in nearly a month as the deadline to avert a massive tax hike is fast approaching.

Aides to Boehner confirmed the meeting took place, but declined to provide further details. “We’re not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.

The face-to-face meeting follows a phone call between the president and speaker Wednesday, but also comes after Boehner said bluntly Friday that no progress had been made on the issue. The president and congressional leaders have been trying to reach a deal to avert more than $500 billion in tax increases and automatic spending cuts slated to take effect Jan. 1, after a series of previous compromises in tax and debt legislation in 2010 and 2011 set up this collection of deadlines for expiring legislation all at the same time.

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