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  • White House press secretary Jay Carney listens at left, as White House National Economic Council Chairman Gene Sperling speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. With Congress back, the Senate is expected to work on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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  • A gunman takes aim at a burned army truck during clashes with Iraqi security forces on the outskirts of Fallujah on Sunday. Insurgents have made significant gains in the Sunni stronghold of Anbar province, including cities of Ramadi and Fallujah. (Associated Press)

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    Iraqis unable to defend their borders

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