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The wheels of government continue to turn as politicians prepare for the holiday break

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President Barack Obama smiles after signing the $858 billion tax deal into law in a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Dec. 17, 2010 in Washington.

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Speaker-designate John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks about the pulling of the omnibus bill, as well as the passage of the tax bill, in the U.S Capitol in Washington, DC, Friday.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds up the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act after she signed it during an enrollment ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 17, 2010.

There was a flurry of activity in Washington today. Here are some links that will help explain it all.