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"Nobody -- Democrat or Republican -- wants to see people's paychecks smaller on Jan. 1 because Congress didn't act," President Obama told NPR's Steve Inskeep during an Oval Office interview on Thursday. Pete Souza/White House hide caption

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Obama 'Confident' Congress Will Pass Tax Deal

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South Korean Gen. Han Min-koo looks at houses destroyed by North Korea's Nov. 23 shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. Two weeks after the attack, the rivals are still trading threats, while tensions are also rising between South Korea's ally, the U.S., and China, an ally of North Korea. Kim Ju-sung/AP/Yonhap hide caption

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U.S.-China Tensions Intensify Over Korean Crisis

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Kenneth Reitz plans to spend his tax money on Apple products, e-books, apps and possibly a dinner with his fiancee. Courtesy of Kenneth Reitz hide caption

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To Spend Or Not Spend: Will Tax Deal Spur Economy?

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