Article updated: 1/3/2013 9:30 AM

2016 politics on display as Congress ends term

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From left, Rep. Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. While the next presidential primary voting is still three years away, the political implications of the actions and whereabouts of the potential field of 2016 candidates hung over a dramatic year-end period.

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While the next presidential primary voting is still three years away, the political implications of the actions and whereabouts of the potential field of 2016 candidates hung over extraordinary year-end Washington drama. The fiscal cliff vote forced those in Congress who are eyeing presidential runs to stake out early positions which signal how they may be aligning themselves -- and which could come back to haunt them should they move forward.
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