Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. (right), shown at a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is arguing for raising taxes on the wealthy as part of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte, joined by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John McCain, discusses the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill earlier this month. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Committe Chairman John Kerry , D-MA, speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of Robert Beecroft to be ambassador to Iraq Sept. 19 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as he arrived at the Capitol on Thursday for negotiations with congressional leaders. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday after private talks with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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A screen grab from an ad by the Defend My Dividend campaign, which is funded by utilities and other companies. They don't support a proposed increase in taxes from investment income. YouTube hide caption

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President Obama and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shake hands in the Oval Office after their lunch Thursday at the White House. Pete Souza/White House Photo/UPI/Landov hide caption

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