**FILE** Gene Sperling, director of the Economic Council, stands on the South Lawn of the White House before President Obama observes a moment of silence on Sept. 11, 2013, as they mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Gene Sperling, director of the Economic Council, stands on the South Lawn of the White House before President Obama observes a moment of silence on Sept. 11, 2013, as they mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. (Associated Press)