President Obama met with more than a dozen lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the White House on Tuesday to press his case for a military strike in Syria. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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President Obama reached out to touch the statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks during Wednesday's dedication ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was behind the president. Jason Reed/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner swears in the newly elected members of the 113th Congress on Thursday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner holds a press conference at the Capitol on Friday. The night before, he did not have enough backing from his own party to pass his fiscal cliff legislation. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner at the Capitol on Thursday. In a call the following day with President Obama, he proposed an income tax rate increase on people making more than $1 million a year as long as the president agreed to substantial spending cuts. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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