Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, emerges from a closed-door meeting with fellow Democratic members of the supercommittee at the Capitol on Nov. 16, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, emerges from a closed-door meeting with fellow Democratic members of the supercommittee at the Capitol on Nov. 16, 2011. (Associated Press)