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Obama tries to rescue fiscal talks for post-Christmas deal

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the fiscal cliff at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the fiscal cliff at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the fiscal cliff at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the fiscal cliff at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. Obama on Friday urged lawmakers to reach agreement on averting tax hikes on the middle class, saying he was ready and willing to do what it takes to get a deal by January 1, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the fiscal cliff at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. Obama on Friday urged lawmakers to reach agreement on averting tax hikes on the middle class, saying he was ready and willing to do what it...more

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the fiscal cliff at the White House in Washington December 21, 2012. Obama on Friday urged lawmakers to reach agreement on averting tax hikes on the middle class, saying he was ready and willing to do what it takes to get a deal by January 1, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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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

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

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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