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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House in Washington November 28, 2012. Obama said on Wednesday he hopes he and Congress can reach agreement to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff" and shrink the budget deficit before Christmas, and urged supporters to press lawmakers to agree to a deal. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House in Washington November 28, 2012. Obama said on Wednesday he hopes he and Congress can reach agreement to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff" and shrink the budget deficit before Christmas, and urged supporters to press lawmakers to agree to a deal. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during a news conference 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

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during a news conference 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
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