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Clear battle lines emerge about budget issues After last week's agreement to avert the ‘fiscal cliff,’ President Barack Obama and congressional GOP leaders are making clear their positions on taxes increases and entitlement spending reductions – – including those to Medicare. The Associated Press/Washington Post: White Home, GOP Draw Red Lines In Debate On US Debt Limit, Vow Not To Budge Republicans state they are prepared to raise the debt ceiling but insist any boost should be paired with significant savings from Medicare, Medicaid and other government benefit programs. President Barack Obama has said he's ready to consider spending cuts separately but won't bargain over the government's borrowing authority salt absortion .