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** FILE ** President Obama, speaking at a briefing at the White House on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, said a "faction" of House Republicans is refusing to vote on a Senate bill that would extend a payroll-tax cut for two months. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**
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** FILE ** President Obama, speaking at a briefing at the White House on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, said a "faction" of House Republicans is refusing to vote on a Senate bill that would extend a payroll-tax cut for two months. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

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