Hopes rise for 'fiscal cliff' deal as Obama, Boehner meet

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U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-OH) walks to his office in the U.S. Capitol after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington December 17, 2012. Obama and Boehner met at White House for about 45 minutes on Monday, but there was no word of any progress in their bid to avert the looming ''fiscal cliff,'' an aide said. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts