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President Barack Obama, flanked by National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Co-Chairmen, former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, left, and former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, walk to a podium in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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President Barack Obama, flanked by National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Co-Chairmen, former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, left, and former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson, walk to a podium in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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