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Fiscal deal stalls as clock ticks to deadline


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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves the Senate Chamber for the caucus at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 30, 2012. Efforts to prevent the economy from tumbling over a ''fiscal cliff'' stalled on Sunday as Democrats and Republicans remained at loggerheads over a deal that would prevent taxes for all Americans from rising on New Year's Day. REUTERS/Mary Calvert