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Obama, Boehner express optimism on avoiding 'fiscal cliff'
President Obama said he believes that members of both parties can reach a framework on a debt-cutting deal before Christmas.
Conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, right, speaks to the media following a meeting of the Republican leadership about the fiscal cliff on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 while Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor look on. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)