In this Nov. 27, 2012, photo, White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington. Senate Democrats are deeply divided over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to address the nation’s financial problems, raising a big obstacle to an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff, even if Republicans agree to raise taxes. Much of the focus during budget negotiations has centered on whether congressional Republicans would agree to raise taxes in exchange for spending cuts. "It is the president's position that when we're talking about a broad, balanced approach to dealing with our fiscal challenges, that that includes dealing with entitlements," Carney said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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