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Republican lawmakers set up 11th-hour bid on “fiscal cliff”
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives told their members to be back in Washington from the Christmas holiday break on Sunday night in case they need to vote on budget measures, leaving the door open to a last-minute “fiscal cliff” solution. READ MORE
Photo: The Capitol building is pictured behind a fence as lawmakers return from the Christmas recess in Washington on December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

Republican lawmakers set up 11th-hour bid on “fiscal cliff”

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives told their members to be back in Washington from the Christmas holiday break on Sunday night in case they need to vote on budget measures, leaving the door open to a last-minute “fiscal cliff” solution. READ MORE

Photo: The Capitol building is pictured behind a fence as lawmakers return from the Christmas recess in Washington on December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

President Obama’s re-election, the ”fiscal cliff” standoff, the Affordable Care Act upheld, gay marriage, and everything in between - Reuters TV looks back at a packed political year.

Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential nomination as a “turnaround man,” whose capacity to reinvent companies, and the 2002 Olympics, could be transferred to the nation and its troubled economy.
But from the outset of his general election campaign-burdened with the lowest favorability rating of any major party candidate since 1984 - it was evident that his most challenging reinvention would have to be Mitt Romney.
And Tuesday night it failed. Willard Mitt Romney came up short, losing his second and likely last campaign for the presidency to President Barack Obama.
"Almost president" is a distinction sought by no politician.
READ ON: Romney’s last, greatest ‘turnaround’ falls short

Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential nomination as a “turnaround man,” whose capacity to reinvent companies, and the 2002 Olympics, could be transferred to the nation and its troubled economy.

But from the outset of his general election campaign-burdened with the lowest favorability rating of any major party candidate since 1984 - it was evident that his most challenging reinvention would have to be Mitt Romney.

And Tuesday night it failed. Willard Mitt Romney came up short, losing his second and likely last campaign for the presidency to President Barack Obama.

"Almost president" is a distinction sought by no politician.

READ ON: Romney’s last, greatest ‘turnaround’ falls short

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama celebrate with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill after his victory speech election night in Chicago, November 6, 2012. [REUTERS/Jason Reed]

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama celebrate with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill after his victory speech election night in Chicago, November 6, 2012. [REUTERS/Jason Reed]

Current electoral vote tally: President Obama has 240 votes, Mitt Romney has 183 votes. 270 needed to win. [Live coverage]

Current electoral vote tally: President Obama has 240 votes, Mitt Romney has 183 votes. 270 needed to win. [Live coverage]