"Fiscal cliff" efforts in disarray as U.S. lawmakers flee
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to the media on a "fiscal cliff" on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 20, 2012.REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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