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December 14, 2012
J. Applewhite photo

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., second from left, accompanied by fellow Senate Democratic leaders, pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, to discuss the stalled fiscal cliff negotiations and other unfinished business in the Senate. From left are, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Reid, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Charles Dharapak photo

President Barack Obama, accompanied by a U.S. Secret Service agent, waves at reporters shouting questions at him regarding the fiscal cliff as he walks from the White House across Pennsylvania Avenue to Blair House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, to attend a holiday party for the National Security Council.