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** FILE ** President Obama (center), accompanied by (from left) Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marine Gen. James Cartwright, speaks about the Afghanistan-Pakistan annual review on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Obama walks out the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, and across Pennsylvania Ave., to the Blair House, for a scheduled working meeting with business leaders. (AP Photo)

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President Obama makes a statement to reporters in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, before meeting with CEOs of some of the nation's leading companies. (AP Photo)

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Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has assumed a high profile in leading a legal challenge of the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. (Associated Press)

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President Obama is congratulated by third-grader Luis Avilar-Turcios, 8, after signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in the District. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat (left), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat (second from left), also attended. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama with his family, from left, Sasha Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, obscured and Malia Obama, greet performers and Andrea Bocelli, right, during the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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The first family, from left, Sasha Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, and Malia Obama, applaud during the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation, at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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The first family, from third from left, President Barack Obama, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, the first lady's mother, Marian Robinson watch the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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President Barack Obama, front left, assists children dressed like elves he and his family, from back left, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, obscured, first lady Michelle Obama, and the first lady's mother Marian Robinson, attend the taping of the Annual 2010 Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum in Washington Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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President Barack Obama, with his family first lady Michelle Obama, left, and their children Sasha Obama, obscured, and Malia Obama, third from left, are joined by from third right, Matthew Morrison, Mariah Carey, and host Ellen DeGeneres, during the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation, at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) and others look on as President Obama signs the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010 during a ceremony at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) and others look on as President Obama signs the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010 during a ceremony at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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**FILE** President Obama speaks at a news conference in Washington. (Associated Press)

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In this Dec. 9 photo, construction workers in Shanghai push wheelbarrows past an energy-themed advertisement featuring a photo of President Obama depicted as Buddha. American lawmakers are pressing China for action on currency and high-tech trade in talks this week, and an impending Washington visit by President Hu Jintao has raised expectations Beijing might offer concessions. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama looks on as former President Bill Clinton speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama talks briefly about taxes and his meeting the day before with Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in the Oval Office at the White in Washington. The president was in a meeting with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, not shown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who was at the White House for a meeting with President Obama in October, said the South Korea free-trade deal reached last week does not go far enough to protect American jobs. (Associated Press)

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Budget Director Jacob Lew talks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 after attending the Senate Democratic caucus to discuss President Obama's tax-cut deal with the Republicans. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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POINTED REMARKS: At a news conference Tuesday, President Obama likened the GOP to hostage-takers, hearkening back to his accusations that Republicans were holding middle-class tax cuts "hostage." (Associated Press)

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President Obama makes a opening statement during a press conference in the White House briefing room in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)