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Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes

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President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden looking on, makes a statement regarding passage of the fiscal cliff bill at the White House Tuesday evening.

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Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.
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