Top Ten Videos to watch

An attractive ethnic business woman smiling confidently at the camera as she stands in an office
Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors
Toddler Caught In Crossfire Of Shooting In Chicago
HISTORY Brings 'Roots' Cast And Crew To The White House For Screening
Graduates tossing caps into the air
Freddie Gray Baltimore Protests
Mid section of man in graduation gown holding diploma
Legendary Baseball Player Tony Gwynn's Family Files A Lawsuit Against Big Tobacco
ME.jailhouse#2.0117.CW Montebello City Council has approved use of a private contractor to run the n
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Addresses Police Misconduct At Chicago City Council Meeting
WWII Soldiers Standing In A Flag Draped Sunset - SIlhouette
Students Taking a College Exam
Bill Cosby Preliminary Hearing
Hillary Clinton Campaigns In Louisville, Kentucky
Worried black businesswoman at desk
Tyler Perry And Soledad O'Brien Host Gala Honoring Bishop T.D. Jakes' 35 Years Of Ministry
Teacher with group of preschoolers sitting at table
FBI Officials Discuss Apprehension Of Explosions Suspect After Three-Day Manhunt
NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons
US-POLITICS-OBAMA
Protests Erupt In Chicago After Video Of Police Shooting Of Teen Is Released
24673281
US-VOTE-DEMOCRAT-SANDERS
Nine Dead After Church Shooting In Charleston
Portrait of senior African woman holding money
Medicare
President Bush Speals At Federalist Society's Gala
Police
Police Line Tape
Senior Woman's Hands
Leave a comment

barack obama john boehner

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Twenty-three days since they last met face-to-face and 23 days before the fiscal cliff becomes a harsh reality, the two men most pivotal to the contentious budget talks sat down Sunday.

SEE ALSO: Unemployment Falls To 7.7 Percent, Lowest Since Dec. 2008

There was no evidence of a breakthrough, though President Barack Obama (pictured ) and House Speaker John Boehner (pictured) at least did agree on something: what, and what not, to say.

Sunday’s White House meeting caught some by surprise, considering it had not been on the president’s official schedule and the two sides have been sparring publicly, accusing each other of failing to work sincerely toward a compromise. After the talks ended, White House spokesman Josh Earnest and Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck issued identical statements.

“This afternoon, the President and Speaker Boehner met at the White House to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff. We’re not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open.”

The statements didn’t give much insight in to developments on the effort to prevent the U.S. government from going over the fiscal cliff, the term referring to the widespread automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will take effect in January without a deal.

On Sunday, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde echoed numerous economic experts in predicting a sharp drop in confidence and “zero” U.S. economic growth if there’s no agreement.

But the two political camps’ matching words was remarkable, given what they have been saying about each for weeks.

Last Friday, for instance, Boehner reported “no progress” and accused the White House of having “wasted another week.”

“There are a lot of things that are possible to put the revenue that the President seeks on the table, but none of it’s going to be possible if the President insists on his position, insists on ‘my way or the highway,'” the Ohio Republican told reporters.

Obama has held his ground, especially on his insistence that tax rates return to 1990s’ levels for families with incomes higher than $250,000, while they’d remain the same for those making less than that.

After campaigning against any tax increases, many top Republicans have expressed willingness since the election to raise revenue by adjusting deductions and loopholes.

But Boehner and others have said any revenue hikes must be packaged with major spending cuts, including reforms to entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. And they’ve resisted any tax rate hikes — including for the wealthiest Americans — as part of any deal.

There have been some public departures from that thinking however. On Sunday, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said he’d support raising taxes on the top 2 percent of households, arguing it will better position Republicans to negotiate for larger spending cuts to Social Security and Medicare despite opposition from many Democrats.

“A lot of people are putting forth a theory, and I actually think it has merit, where you go ahead and give the President … the rate increase on the top 2 percent, and all of a sudden the shift goes back to entitlements,” Corker said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Corker is not entirely alone, as fellow Republican Sens. Tom Coburn, Susan Collins, and Olympia Snowe have said they could vote for such a limited tax hike.

There have been fewer higher-profile voices express that opinion in the House, though. One of them, Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, reiterated Sunday that he could go along with this scenario.

“You have to do something, and doing something requires the cooperation of the Senate, which the Democrats run, and the signature of the President,” Cole said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

But one of his colleagues, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, said the Republicans shouldn’t budge. Despite the loss of Republican seats in the House and Senate, Blackburn argued voters affirmed support for the GOP on Election Day and “clearly said we don’t want our taxes to go up.”

“The President thinks he has momentum, I think he is running on adrenaline from the campaign,” the Tennessee lawmaker told CNN.

Also On News One: