Article Photos: Last ditch effort to avoid fiscal cliff under way 7/13

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, after a closed-door meeting between President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders to negotiate the framework for a deal on the fiscal cliff.  The end game at hand, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders made a final stab at compromise Friday to prevent a toxic blend of middle-class tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect at the turn of the new year.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)