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"I'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time," the president said after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Obama: 'The American People Are Watching What We Do Here'

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Obama: 'The American People Are Watching What We Do Here'

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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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It's All Politics

Congressional Leaders Hopeful As Fiscal Cliff Deadline Nears

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Congressional Leaders Hopeful As Fiscal Cliff Deadline Nears

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A man wears a costume reading "Dad" and "Mom" during a demonstration against gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in Nice, France, in October. Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Same-Sex Marriage And Adoption: Unresolved Issues In France

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Musician Kristina Olsen says Tibetan prayer flags flying over porches near her home in Venice, Calif., became the inspiration for a song. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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What's In A Song?

'Prayer Flags,' A Song About Waiting On Heavenly Help

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'Prayer Flags,' A Song About Waiting On Heavenly Help

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Steve (Matt Damon), a salesman for a large oil company, visits a small town in which he hopes to buy drilling rights. Scott Green/Focus Features hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Matt Damon On His Promising New Film

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Matt Damon On His Promising New Film

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The Cash family house today. Michael Hibblen hide caption

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Michael Hibblen

Music Interviews

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

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Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

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Pocket versions of the Proclamation of Emancipation were distributed through Union troops to be read to slaves. Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture hide caption

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'Watch Nights,' A New Year's Celebration Of Emancipation

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A fragment of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls is laid out at a laboratory in Jerusalem. More than 60 years after their discovery, 5,000 images of the ancient scrolls are now online. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images hide caption

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Virtually Anyone Can See The Dead Sea Scrolls Now

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The London headquarters of EMI, whose sale this year brought the number of major labels from four to three. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Reflecting On EMI, An Industry Giant Felled In 2012

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