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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, pauses as he speaks to media before a meeting with mayors and newly-elected mayors from across the country, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House to discuss job creation and ensuring middle class families have a pathway to opportunity. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, pauses as he speaks to media before a meeting with mayors and newly-elected mayors from across the country, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House to discuss job creation and ensuring middle class families have a pathway to opportunity. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, gestures as she speaks to media before a meeting with newly-elected mayors from across the country, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, to discuss job creation and ensuring middle class families have a pathway to opportunity. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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FILE - In this file photo from Dec.10, 2013, Thamsanqa Jantjie, right, interprets in sign language for President Barack Obama during his remarks at a memorial service at FNB Stadium in honor of Nelson Mandela in Soweto, near Johannesburg. The South African government says it is aware of reports that Jantjie faced a murder charge a decade ago, and says he is being investigated. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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In this Dec. 10, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in the Johannesburg, South Africa township of Soweto. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama hugs Santa at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony across from the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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In this Dec. 10, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in the Johannesburg, South Africa township of Soweto. The Nelson Mandela eulogized to the world by Obama as "a giant of history" and the "last great liberator of the 20th century," seemed a different person from the one the United States held at arm's length, to put it diplomatically, for much of his life and career. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy and growing economic inequality, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus in Washington. The president said the income gap between America's rich and poor is a "defining challenge of our time." Obama said income inequality has jeopardized the nation's middle class. And he is urging Washington to take steps to ensure that the economy works for everyone. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** In this April 25, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama stands with former President George W. Bush at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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** FILE ** In this April 25, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama stands with former President George W. Bush at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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In this Dec. 10, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in the Johannesburg, South Africa township of Soweto. The Nelson Mandela eulogized to the world by Obama as "a giant of history" and the "last great liberator of the 20th century," seemed a different person from the one the United States held at arm's length, to put it diplomatically, for much of his life and career. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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In this Dec. 10, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in the Johannesburg, South Africa township of Soweto. The Nelson Mandela eulogized to the world by Obama as "a giant of history" and the "last great liberator of the 20th century," seemed a different person from the one the United States held at arm's length, to put it diplomatically, for much of his life and career. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Barack Obama talks with Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, left, as first lady Michelle Obama looks on at right during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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In this Dec. 10, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to speak at the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in the Johannesburg, South Africa township of Soweto. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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DRAMA: Moves by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left) and his staff to expedite visas ensnared President Obama's nominee to be the No. 2 Homeland Security official, Alejandro "Ali" Mayorkas (right), whose appointment is to be reviewed by the Senate on Wednesday.