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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, leaves the Senate chamber to caucus in the Capitol on Sunday. Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Fruitless Weekend, Congress Still Seeks Fiscal Deal

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House Speaker John Boehner arrives at the White House on Friday for talks with President Obama and congressional leaders aimed at avoiding the "fiscal cliff." Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Congressional Leaders Hopeful As Fiscal Cliff Deadline Nears

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House Pulls 'Plan B' Tax Measure From The Floor

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Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, has an "A" rating from the NRA, but questions why anyone would need the kind of semi-automatic assault rifle used in the Newtown, Conn., killings. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Some Senators Show Willingness To Take On Gun Laws

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Parting Advice From The Senators Leaving Congress

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said Democrats aren't going to throw America's seniors over the fiscal cliff to give a tax cut to the wealthiest. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Senator DeMint Leaving Congress To Head Think Tank

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