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Obama hails US budget deal

Barack Obama has hailed a deal to avoid a "fiscal cliff" of stark tax hikes and spending cuts. The US House of Representatives backed the bill by 257 votes to 167.

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Report: House Speaker turns White House air blue

Speaker of the House Boehner (centre) reportedly swore at Senate Majority Leader Reid (right). Credit: Joshua Roberts / Reuters

While the unwelcome f-word in US politics in recent months has been "fiscal cliff", House Speaker John Boehner has been accused of resorting to the traditional swear word in an angry exchange with a political rival near the Oval Office.

After being labelled a dictator by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid amid the bitter Washington negotiations over the nation's tax hikes and spending cuts, Mr Boehner hit back last Friday, telling Mr Reid: "go f*** yourself", Politico.com has reported.

Multiple witnesses reportedly said Mr Reid appeared startled, asking the Republican: "What are you talking about?"

But Mr Boehner is said to have only repeated his insult, which he apparently later "bragged" about to his party colleagues.

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