President Obama pauses as he speaks about the deal to raise the debt limit in the White House briefing room on Sunday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen (right), the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, spars with Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz as they testify before the House Rules Committee on the Cut, Cap and Balance plan Monday at the Capitol. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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President Obama sits with (from left) House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during a meeting Wednesday at the White House on raising the debt ceiling. While the president negotiates with congressional leaders to avoid a possible debt default next month, some lawmakers say they won't vote to raise the debt ceiling. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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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

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

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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

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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

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday. "I'm willing to make painful compromises to achieve this historic peace," he said. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lawmakers departed this week without taking any action on Libya. On Friday, the 60-day period for using U.S. forces against Gadhafi without congressional authorization ends. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Grover Norquist (left), of the anti-tax lobbying group Americans for Tax Reform, and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK, right) have been in an unusually public spat. Coburn, who seven years ago signed Norquist's so-called Taxpayer Protection Pledge, now says a solution to the deficit could involve an increase in tax revenues. Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images (Norquist photo); Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (Coburn photo) hide caption

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says the 2012 plan is about protecting Medicare. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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