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Fiscal Cliff Compromise: Devil Is In The Definition Of Revenue

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The Last Pew Poll: Obama Holds Edge On Eve Of Election

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You've Got Mail: Campaigns Still Rely On Snail Mail

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney meets audience members after he addressed the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles on Monday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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August 2011: President Obama (right) and House Speaker John Boehner at the White House as they and other lawmakers worked to head off a government shutdown that loomed. Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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