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The U.S Capitol Building

U.S. Debt CeilingBarack Obama
The U.S Capitol Building is pictured at sunset in Washington, October 11, 2013. President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders inched toward a resolution to their fiscal impasse on Friday, but struggled to nail down the length and terms of a short-term deal to increase the U.S.... JASON REED / REUTERS