House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio (center) looks on as President Obama talks to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland in this file photo. Tuesday's White House meeting offers a chance for two sides to move beyond heated campaign rhetoric. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Gay-rights activists and gay veterans handcuff themselves to the fence of the White House during a Nov. 15 protest calling for an end to the ban on openly gay Americans serving in the military. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida Democrat Alan Grayson leaves the House of Representatives next month after a two-year term marked by verbal fireworks. But he says he won't leave bitter. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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In this January photo, President Obama shakes hands with now House Speaker-elect John Boehner of Ohio, as Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor of Virginia looks on. Can Obama, who sees himself as a transformational figure, find common ground with GOP leaders? Charles Dharapak /AP hide caption

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Jerry Brown will become California's oldest governor in January, 36 years after he became the state's youngest.  Brown, shown here on Nov. 3, the day after he was elected, will face an increasingly dire budget situation. This past week, outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called a special session of the Legislature to address a ballooning $25 billion budget deficit. David Paul Morris/Getty Images hide caption

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Soon after his party lost control of Congress in 1946, President Harry Truman turned his focus to the world, traveling to Brazil. Jean Manzon/Time and Life Images hide caption

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