David Welna David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.
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Republican Cole Breaks Party Ranks On Fiscal Cliff

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prepares to announce a debt ceiling deal in July 2011. That deal laid the foundation for the across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect on New Year's Day, 2013. Harry Hamburg/AP hide caption

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Before The Showdown: The Long Road To The Fiscal Cliff

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President Obama reaches to shake hands with House Speaker John Boehner, during a meeting Friday at the White House to discuss the deficit and economy. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Congressional Leaders Optimistic On Budget Deal

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Boehner: GOP Won't Support Raising Tax Rates

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Reid: Congress Faces 'Enormous Challenges' Ahead

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Democrats Retain Control Of U.S. Senate

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A worker installs carpet into a Jeep Liberty at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio, in 2011. J.D. Pooley/Getty Images hide caption

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