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December 19, 2012
Evan Vucci photo

President Barack Obama pauses as he talks about the fiscal cliff negotiations during a news conference in the briefing room of the White House on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 in Washington. Obama also announced that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence in response to the Connecticut school shooting.

Jacquelyn Martin photo

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., turns to answer a reporter as she exits a news conference after speaking about the fiscal cliff on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.