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Boehner confident about fiscal cliff deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of Congress declared confidence Friday they could reach a deal with President Barack Obama to avert economically convulsive tax increases and budget cuts at year’s end, in a rare show of unity reflecting the dire stakes in a nation sick of political stalemate.

‘‘I believe that we can do this,’’ House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said after top lawmakers met with Obama at the White House.

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