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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke presents his semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke presents his semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke presents his semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke presents his semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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President Obama, while speaking July 9, 2012, at the White House, called on Congress to pass a temporary, one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people who make less than $250,000 a year. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, while speaking July 9, 2012, at the White House, called on Congress to pass a temporary, one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people who make less than $250,000 a year. (Associated Press)

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"Today's report is further evidence that Congress should be focusing on creating jobs and helping the middle class, not re-fighting old battles for political gain." - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat

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"Today's report is further evidence that Congress should be focusing on creating jobs and helping the middle class, not re-fighting old battles for political gain." - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat

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**FILE** President Obama (right), with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at his side, calls on Congress during a June 21, 2012, news conference at the White House to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling. (Associated Press)

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President Obama (right), with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at his side, calls on Congress during a June 21, 2012, news conference at the White House to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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**FILE** NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks Oct. 3, 2011, in Washington to reporters after speaking about concussions at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks Oct. 3, 2011, in Washington to reporters after speaking about concussions at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan (second from right) at his side, looks back June 21, 2012, at a group of students during a news conference at the White House as he calls on Congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling. (Associated Press)

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"I'm not going to speculate about the outcome of a vote that we still hope doesn't happen," White House spokesman Jay Carney said of the pending House vote on whether to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress.

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Seth MacFarlane, TV's "Family Guy" creator, has funded the collection and organization of the work of Carl Sagan for donation to the Library of Congress. (Associated Press)

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Seth MacFarlane, TV's "Family Guy" creator, has funded the collection and organization of the work of Carl Sagan for donation to the Library of Congress. (Associated Press)

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President Obama greets students after a Thursday news conference, during which he called on Congress to act to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama greets students after he called on Congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling next month during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Barack Obama greets students after he called on Congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling next month during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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President Obama speaks June 21, 2012, at the White House to call on Congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling on July 1. (Associated Press)