PM Note: On This Week – Could Pelosi Accept a Deal Without Rate Hikes? ‘No’, GOP Puts ‘Revenues on the Table’, Petraeus Testifies, #Winegate

Nov 16, 2012 6:34pm

Reince Priebus Wants Another Go at RNC Chairman –  http://abcn.ws/UJRGV1

On This Week: Martha Raddatz anchors,  a special interview with Nancy Pelosi and newsmaker interviews with Sen. Carl Levin and Rep. Peter King

First taste -

RADDATZ:  Could you accept a deal that does not include tax rate increases for the wealthy?  We’ve seen talk about a possible compromise that would leave rates the same but cap deductions for high-income earners..Is that something that’s acceptable?

PELOSI:  No.

RADDATZ:  Not at all?  No way?

PELOSI:  Well, no … just to close loopholes is far too little money, if it’s — and it could be they have said they want it to be revenue-neutral. If it’s going to bring in revenue, the president has been very clear that the higher income people have to pay their fair share.

More from the This Week team here: http://abcn.ws/XiQAB4

Everything in Washington was behind closed doors today. Closed door fiscal meetings. Closed door Benghazi hearings.

‘Constructive’ Closed Door – Despite Pelosi’s pledge to Martha on tax rates, she still said the closed-door meetings were constructive. She wasn’t the only one. Reporters saw Obama wish Boehner a happy birthday – it’s tomorrow – and heard he gave the Speaker a $125-bottle of wine. (Jon Karl inhaled deeply at that gift – #winegate – http://abcn.ws/RZakVZ )

Everyone said they made progress and Boehner suggested a fiscal cliff framework,  but things are in the hands of staffers for details now. Obama is headed to Asia and returns just before Thanksgiving. Congress is out ’til Tuesday after next.

“The President and the leadership had a constructive meeting,” spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. “We will continue a constructive process to find a solution and come to a conclusion as soon as possible.”

“I believe that we can do this and avert the fiscal cliff that’s in front of us today,” said Boehner. Both he and McConnell said they’d put “revenue on the table” if there were enough spending cuts.

Reid said he felt “very good” about the tenor of the talks. “We have a cornerstones of being able to work something out,” he said. “We’re both going to have to give up some of the things that we know are a problem.”

Both sides agreed to lay out “milestones of success so that confidence can build” among the American people, said Pelosi. “I feel confident that a solution is in sight.”

Full report from Devin Dwyer – http://abcn.ws/SSjReT

Petraeus Affair Takes Benghazi Behind Closed Doors – And there were a duo of closed-door briefings on Capitol Hill with former CIA Dir. David Petraeus.

He was whisked around Capitol Hill and the normally game Capitol press corps couldn’t get video of the man. That’s a real rarity. Police cordoned off hallways from reporters and staffers to get Petraeus in and out unseen. Reporters can generally get pictures of just about anybody on Capitol Hill.

That put a premium on lawmakers’ take on what he said and how it reflected on Susan Rice’s September recitation of CIA-approved unclassified talking points.

Feinstein: “The key is that they were unclassified talking points at a very early stage. And I don’t think she should be pilloried for this. She did what I would have done or anyone else would have done that was going on a weekend show,” Feinstein said. “To say that she is unqualified to be Secretary of State I think is a mistake. And the way it keeps going it’s almost as if the intent is to assassinate her character.”

Saxby Chambliss said Rice “went beyond” the talking points. “She even mentioned that under the leadership of Barack Obama we had decimated al Qaeda. Well, she knew at that time that al Qaeda was very likely responsible in part or in whole for the death of Ambassador Stevens,” he said.

And the sex scandal? “Ten seconds into it, that was off to the side,” said Rep. Peter King.

More from Sunlen Miller, John Parkinson and Sarah Parnass – http://abcn.ws/T6n3Ge

Jill Kelley Made Repeated Trips to White House as Tourist - https://bitly.com/

GOP Govs Invite Federally-Run Exchanges – Republican governors in Ohio, Maine and Wisconsin announced decisions Thursday night and early this afternoon to leave plans for health care exchange programs that comply with the Affordable Care Act up to the federal government, despite a deadline extension on those plans from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Under the new health care law, each state must either create its own exchange from which residents can select a health care plan or allow the federal government to design one for them. A statement on Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s website said his decision to opt out was partially motivated by the lack of wiggle room in the law.

“Despite the perception to the contrary, the law gives states little flexibility or control over how the exchange in their state operates, making it difficult for Ohio to set up an exchange that responds to the unique needs of Ohioans or the Ohio insurance market,” Kasich’s statement read. “Basic operational details are controlled by the federal government, including open enrollment periods, requirements on how to set up and run call centers and the exchange’s website.” http://abcn.ws/ZZtGMI

Christie Won’t Touch Twinkie Question, But Posts It Onlinehttp://abcn.ws/UJPz3w

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