As the country prepares to hit the road to travel for the upcoming holiday, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction showed new deftness when it comes to gridlock, Egypt erupts in protests and a terror plot is uncovered by the NYPD. This and more in this edition of the Week in Pictures. 

University of California students and student leaders from UC Berkeley and UC Davis protesting tuition hikes listen to Berkeley professor and provost George Breslauer speak during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. Two days later, police used pepper spray on protesting students while trying to evict encampments at UC Davis. The action lead to increased alacrity across the broader occupy movements and the UC Davis police chief being placed on leave. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

Protesters chant slogans in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Egypt was poised for a return of international investment before the recent protests erupted against the military’s reticence to release power to a civilian government. On Nov. 22, 2011, the military offered to transfer power to a civilian president by July 2012 in order to assuage popular anger. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Jose Pimentel, 27, right, represented by attorney Joseph Zablocki, left, is arraigned at Manhattan criminal court, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in New York. Pimentel, 27, an “al-Qaida sympathizer” accused of plotting to bomb police and post offices in New York City as well as U.S. troops returning home, was charged with criminal possession of explosive devices with the intent to use in a terrorist manner. (AP Photo/Jefferson Siegel, Pool)

This Oct. 13, 2011 file photo shows a citrus turkey surrounded by side dishes in Concord. N.H. No need for a salt shaker on the Thanksgiving table: Unless you really cooked from scratch, there’s lots of sodium already hidden in all the turkey and trimmings.(AP Photo/Matthew Mead, FIle)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks at a town meeting at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. Gingrich recently stated that he would back a plan allowing workers to divert Social Security taxes and place them into private investment accounts. Should the plan come to fruition, it would have wide ranging implications on financial advisors and retirement planners. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, listens during a news conference about new sanctions the U.S. is taking to increase pressure on Iran, at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. The new sanctions would not allow Iranian banks and some Iranian companies to do any business with the U.S. the UK and Canada. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A statue of Benjamin Franklin graces empty corridors in Congress Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Lawmakers on both sides of the special deficit-cutting committee talks stressed Friday that they were ready to meet through the weekend in a last-ditch search for compromise. On Sunday talk shows some blamed each other for the intransigence that has gridlocked the panel in its quest to cut the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the coming decade. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)