Getting started: President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the start of today's meeting. Larry Downing /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Vice President Biden looks on as President Obama speaks at the White House. Mark Wilson/Getty Images 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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House Speaker John Boehner speaks Thursday at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill. Boehner spoke on a number of topics but would not comment on gay marriage when asked. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) at the Capitol last week. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama on Labor Day in Detroit. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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