The News-Tribune reports:
House Speaker John Boehner on Friday wouldn’t rule out higher income-tax rates as part of an agreement to avert the coming “fiscal cliff,” but he also said no such movement was possible unless President Barack Obama showed more interest in compromising.
The Ohio Republican was asked at a news conference whether he could accept higher rates, perhaps 37 percent...
"There are a lot of things that are possible to put the revenue that the president seeks on the table,” he said.
Boehner reiterated later that he still opposes higher tax rates, but his initial comments are significant, because they suggest that higher rates might be part of a deal. The comments also reflect the murky nature of such negotiations, and how sending signals can be oblique, but significant.