President Barack Obama talks to reporters following his meeting with Congressional Democrats and Republicans appealing for bipartisanship on fixing the economy, in the White House press briefing room in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 17, 2012 10:13:09 AM PDT
ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
WASHINGTON - March 17, 2012 --
After a few months of relative peace on the budget front, Democrats and Republicans are readying for a party-defining, election-year fight over trillion dollar-plus deficits and what to do about them.