Obama resumes Hawaii vacation after 'fiscal cliff' bill passes

WASHINGTON Tue Jan 1, 2013 11:49pm EST

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WASHINGTON Jan 1 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama departed the White House on Tuesday to resume his Hawaii vacation shortly after Congress approved legislation that raises taxes on the wealthiest Americans and avoids the "fiscal cliff" of across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts.

The president left the White House shortly before midnight. He had cut his vacation short on Wednesday to oversee negotiation of a deal before a year-end deadline.

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