House speaker Boehner optimistic can avert fiscal crisis

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during a GOP news conference on the ''fiscal cliff'', on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 28, 2012. Boehner voiced optimism that Republicans could broker a deal with the White House to avoid year-end austerity measures, saying on Wednesday that Republicans were willing to put revenues on the table if Democrats agreed to spending cuts. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas