Egyptian anti-goverment demonstrators flood Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square early Friday. Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama spoke about the economy Wednesday after touring Orion Energy Systems, a technology and clean energy company in Manitowoc, Wisc. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Peter Rhee (right) discusses Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' condition. The three-term Arizona Democrat was shot in the head Saturday. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Construction workers lug building materials at a job site in New York's midtown Manhattan. While a number of industries added jobs in December, the construction sector lost 16,000. Swoan Parker/AP hide caption

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More than 45 million people -- or about one-third of the nation's approximately 140 million taxpayers -- itemize their deductions. Those taxpayers will have to wait until sometime next month to file their returns. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Even when times are good, some experts say, members of Congress can't expect much better than about 40 percent approval. That would still be a vast improvement over where it stands today. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, pictured in July, had predicted that Democrats would be forced to accept the package or face gridlock that would lead to "an increase in taxes on working Americans." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Job seekers wait in line before entering a job fair in San Francisco. Private employers added 50,000 jobs in November, down significantly from the 160,000 the previous month. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion stemming from encounters with two women during a trip to Sweden this summer. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blasted the release of more than 250,000 confidential documents by WikiLeaks. She said Monday that such leaks pose "real risks to real people ... and often to the very people who have dedicated their own lives to protecting others." Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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A passenger runs through Union Station in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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