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Mr. Boehner, whose handicap is in the single digits, has said he expects to give the president “a few strokes.” Mr. Carney said the president’s handicap is “classified.”

The so-called “Golf Summit” comes as the administration is trying to reach a deal with congressional Republicans on deficit reduction.

Mr. Carney said Mr. Obama is competitive but added, “I have heard no trash-talking from the president on this.”

PENNSYLVANIA

Statue planned for late Rep. Murtha

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. | John P. Murtha’s widow has given her approval to a new statue that will commemorate the late politician in the heart of his southwestern Pennsylvania congressional district.

Mrs. Murtha was in attendance when organizers held a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday for the planned 7-foot-tall tribute that will stand near the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown.

Murtha died last year at age 77 from complications of gallbladder surgery. His widow decided the statue should show how he looked a decade earlier.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reported that a model of the bronzed statue depicts Murtha striding forward with his right hand extended. Work is expected to be completed by early October.

Two Johnstown regional veterans groups are leading the fundraising effort for the project.