President Obama is reaching out to Senate Democrats and Republicans to strike an eleventh-hour deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, even as lawmakers grow increasingly skeptical about the likelihood of success.

Obama has invited the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and House to meet at the White House Friday to restart the stalled talks, while House Republicans have made plans to return to Washington on Sunday.

While any deal will have to win approval of both chambers, the focus of the negotiations has shifted to the Senate.

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to anticipate this shift in dynamic last week when he presided over a Senate Republican conference meeting to discuss a potential compromise on taxes, according to a Republican senator who participated.

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