President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner disagree about whether tax rates on the top two percent of earners should go up. The White House says, 'yes' and Republicans say, 'no'. Most Americans don't think the two sides will reach an agreement by January 1, according to a recent poll. But others are more optimistic.
White House hails as 'welcome' the news that Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their first child. The Obamas met the young royals soon after the couple was married in spring 2011.