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Gray skies cover the U.S. Capitol in Washington as Congress closes down for the holiday without a compromise on the "fiscal cliff" threatening the U.S. economy, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Hopes for avoiding the "fiscal cliff" fell Friday after fighting among congressional Republicans cast doubt on whether any deal reached with President Obama could win approval ahead of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts kick in Jan. 1. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Gray skies cover the U.S. Capitol in Washington as Congress closes down for the holiday without a compromise on the "fiscal cliff" threatening the U.S. economy, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Hopes for avoiding the "fiscal cliff" fell Friday after fighting among congressional Republicans cast doubt on whether any deal reached with President Obama could win approval ahead of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts kick in Jan. 1. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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