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The U.S. Capitol Building stands in Washington

The U.S. Capitol Building stands in Washington December 17, 2012. The first real movement in the "fiscal cliff" talks began on Sunday, with Republican House Speaker John Boehner edging slightly closer to President Barack Obama's key demands as they try to avert the steep tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect unless Congress intervenes by December 31. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

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