President Obama is cutting his Hawaiian vacation short, heading back to Washington to try to avoid the fiscal cliff, which is now less than a week away.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern has details from Washington:

While a so-called "big deal" or "grand bargain" is likely out of reach, President Obama flies back to D.C. late tonight to work on a scaled-down solution to the fiscal cliff.  After an effort to extend tax rates for most taxpayers collapsed in the House last week, the President still described himself as a hopeless optimist.

But President Obama and House Speaker Boehner did not speak over the break.  The House has not scheduled when its members will return.  The Senate is in session tomorrow.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

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