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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) listens to a question while speaking with reporters in the Capitol in Washington December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) listens to a question while speaking with reporters in the Capitol in Washington December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) listens to a question while speaking with reporters in the Capitol in Washington December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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President Barack Obama waves as he walks from the Blair House back to the White House, after attending a Christmas Party hosted by the National Security Council in Washington, December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

President Barack Obama waves as he walks from the Blair House back to the White House, after attending a Christmas Party hosted by the National Security Council in Washington, December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

President Barack Obama waves as he walks from the Blair House back to the White House, after attending a Christmas Party hosted by the National Security Council in Washington, December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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Speaker of the House John Boehner (L) arrives for negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington December 13, 2012. Negotiations between congressional Republicans and the White House hit a wall on Thursday, with both sides voicing frustration at the lack of progress on averting the "fiscal cliff" of steep tax hikes and spending cuts. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Speaker of the House John Boehner (L) arrives for negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington December 13, 2012. Negotiations between congressional Republicans and the White House hit a wall on...more

Speaker of the House John Boehner (L) arrives for negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington December 13, 2012. Negotiations between congressional Republicans and the White House hit a wall on Thursday, with both sides voicing frustration at the lack of progress on averting the "fiscal cliff" of steep tax hikes and spending cuts. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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Speaker of the House John Boehner arrives in a vehicle for negotiation on the "fiscal cliff" with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington December 13, 2012. Negotiations between congressional Republicans and the White House hit a wall on Thursday, with both sides voicing frustration at the lack of progress on averting the "fiscal cliff" of steep tax hikes and spending cuts. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Speaker of the House John Boehner arrives in a vehicle for negotiation on the "fiscal cliff" with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington December 13, 2012. Negotiations between congressional Republicans and the White House hit a wall...more

Speaker of the House John Boehner arrives in a vehicle for negotiation on the "fiscal cliff" with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington December 13, 2012. Negotiations between congressional Republicans and the White House hit a wall on Thursday, with both sides voicing frustration at the lack of progress on averting the "fiscal cliff" of steep tax hikes and spending cuts. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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