Article Photos: Last ditch effort to avoid fiscal cliff under way 12/13

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. arrives at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, for a closed-door meeting between President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders to negotiate the framework for a deal on the fiscal cliff.  The negotiations are a last ditch effort to avoid across-the-board first of the year tax increases and deep spending cuts.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)