A few dozen Republicans have joined a bipartisan call to breakthe impasse between President Barack Obama and House Speaker JohnBoehner over taxes for the highest-earning Americans.

The Republicans signed a letter calling for exploration of “alloptions” on taxes and entitlement programs, a signal that somerank-and-file members are ready to bargain.

One of the petition leaders, Representative Mike Simpson ofIdaho, says he could accept higher rates for married couplesearning more than $500,000 a year, in exchange for an overhaul ofspending on entitlements such as Medicare.

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