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What is the 'fiscal cliff?'

Published On: Nov 09 2012 10:50:09 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 31 2012 07:28:08 AM CST

Confused by all this talk of a "fiscal cliff" and what it means to you? As lawmakers in Washington try to beat tonight's deadline, here are some answers.

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How likely is an agreement? -- Several lawmakers have expressed confidence over the past few days that some kind of deal -- most likely a scaled back deal -- will get done, but talks have started and stopped several times over the past several weeks. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats believe asking "the richest of the rich" to pay more must be the biggest part of the equation.

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