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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (second from right) speaks Thursday during debt-reduction talks with Hill leaders. Also taking part were Rep. James E. Clyburn (fourth from right), South Carolina Democrat; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (third from right), Virginia Republican; Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (right), Hawaii Democrat; and Office of Management and Budget chief Jacob Lew (foreground).

Bloomberg Vice President Joseph R. Biden (second from right) speaks Thursday during debt-reduction talks with Hill leaders. Also taking part were Rep. James E. Clyburn (fourth from right), South Carolina Democrat; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (third from right), Virginia Republican; Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (right), Hawaii Democrat; and Office of Management and Budget chief Jacob Lew (foreground).