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"I'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time," the president said after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner arrives at the White House on Friday for talks with President Obama and congressional leaders aimed at avoiding the "fiscal cliff." Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Feudin' And Fightin' George Jones 1:02

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Sky King Danny Gatton 0:58

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A man wears a costume reading "Dad" and "Mom" during a demonstration against gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in Nice, France, in October. Valery Hache /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Left Bank Air 0:25

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    Pocket Symphony
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Think I'm In Love Beck 0:29

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Home of the Blues Johnny Cash 0:25

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Ring of Fire Lucy Kaplansky 1:24

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    Over the Hills
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Candlelight Michael Gallant Trio 0:59

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Pocket versions of the Proclamation of Emancipation were distributed through Union troops to be read to slaves. Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture hide caption

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A fragment of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls is laid out at a laboratory in Jerusalem. More than 60 years after their discovery, 5,000 images of the ancient scrolls are now online. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images hide caption

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Fountain of Youth John Kruth 0:31

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No Feelings The Sex Pistols 0:03

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Any Colour You Like [Instrumental] Pink Floyd 1:26

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