Obama Uses Polls As Pry Bar Amid 'Frank' Fiscal Cliff Talks

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This Dec. 5, 2012 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking at the Interior Department in Washington. The president says he won't go after Washington state and Colorado for legalizing marijuana. In a Barbara Walters interview airing Friday on ABC, Obama is asked whether he supports making pot legal. He says, "I wouldn't go that far." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) | AP

President Obama and John Boehner met privately Thursday night in search of a budget deal while new polls underscored why the president believes public opinion has become a powerful pry bar to use in the negotiations.

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