A screen grab from an ad by the Defend My Dividend campaign, which is funded by utilities and other companies. They don't support a proposed increase in taxes from investment income. YouTube hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner, seen last week, discusses the looming fiscal cliff. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images hide caption

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Tagg Romney, the eldest son of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, shakes hands with Barbara Irby at GOP headquarters in Lynchburg, Va., last month. Sam O'Keefe/AP, News & Daily Advance hide caption

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (right), D-Ohio, debates his Republican challenger, Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel, at the City Club in Cleveland on Oct. 15. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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Alan Shull attends a job fair in Portland, Ore., on April 24. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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A Marine Corp F-35B Joint Strike Fighter lands at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland in 2011. Analysts say that if mandatory Pentagon budget cuts are imposed next year, fewer new planes could ultimately be ordered. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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The Social Security tax rate is scheduled to revert to 6.2 percent next year, up from the temporary reduction — to 4.2 percent on an employee's first $110,000 in wages — which has been in effect since January 2011. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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President George W. Bush signs tax cut legislation on June 7, 2001. The cuts from this and a subsequent bill are set to expire at the end of 2012. Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop in Roxbury, Mass., on Thursday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Josh Walling and Randi Cartmill with their children, Jacqueline, Josh and Ryan. Josh Walling says his family, whose household income is below the national median, would lose a substantial amount of money if the Bush tax cuts expired. Courtesy of Randi Cartmill hide caption

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Abel Maldonado, a former California state senator and current congressional candidate, pushed for the change to the top-two primary system. He says he thinks the system will lead to "more open-minded and more reasonable" officials. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Congress, shown gathered for President Obama's State of the Union in January, is speaking at about a grade level lower now than in 2005, according to the Sunlight Foundation. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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