Vice President Biden arrives at the Capitol on Wednesday for a meeting with legislators to work on a framework for deficit reduction. At left is his chief of staff, Bruce Reed. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Win McNamee/Getty Images

A Libyan raises his AK-47 and an American flag in the rebel-stronghold city of Benghazi. Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

On Tuesday, the Senate blocked a measure that would have ended both federal subsidies and protective tariffs for corn-based ethanol fuel. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Peter Diamond prepared to address the media last October after winning the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Last week, more than a year after being nominated for a seat on the Fed, and facing Republican opposition, Diamond withdrew his nomination. Darren McCollester/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Darren McCollester/Getty Images