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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives at the Saban Forum to speak about the Middle East at the Willard Hotel in Washington. Obama's approval ratings for handling foreign policy issues generally top his ratings for most domestic issues, including the economy and health care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. But the poll also suggests a majority of Americans want the president to pull troops out of Afghanistan faster than he's doing, and many are skeptical about a tentative nuclear deal with Iran. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, last week led the charge to undo some of the sequester cuts, replacing them with more spending now, offset by promised fees and cuts in the future. Mr. Boehner is one of a number of members of Congress who have changed their stance on the automatic cuts since the 2011 debt deal that set the sequesters in place. (Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for December 19, 2013 - Heroism lost in bureaucratic shuffle: President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to retired Army Captain William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Swenson is being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban in the Ganjgal valley near the Pakistan border on Sept. 8, 2009, which claimed the lives of five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media as he and first lady Michelle Obama meet with a group of mothers in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, to discuss how health care reform could benefit their families. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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"Mitt," a Netflix documentary featuring behind-the-scenes details and personal moments from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, debuts next month. (NETFLIX)

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Charles Edwards was to testify before Congress on Thursday about suspected wrongdoing before he stepped down this week as acting inspector general. (Associated Press)

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Syria has become a focal point for the State Department in the war on terrorism as al Qaeda-linked groups operating there — specifically the al-Nusrah Front — have expansionist aspirations. (Aleppo Media Center AMC via Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Syria has become a focal point for the State Department in the war on terrorism as al Qaeda-linked groups operating there — specifically the al-Nusrah Front — have expansionist aspirations. (Aleppo Media Center AMC via Associated Press)

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Long-Awaited Award: Former Army Capt. William Swenson received the nation's highest military honor during a White House ceremony Oct. 15 after a lengthy battle in Afghanistan in 2009 and an even longer fight with Pentagon red tape. (Associated Press photographs)

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"This was an extraordinarily close election," Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark R. Herring (above) said as his Republican rival, Mark D. Obenshain (below), seen with his wife, Suzanne, conceded the race to the Democrat in Richmond on Wednesday. Mr. Obenshain had called for a statewide recount in November after an initial count found a 165-vote margin. (associated press photographs)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Virginia State Sen. Mark Obenshain gestures as his wife Suzanne looks on during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Obenshain conceded the race for Attorney General to Democrat Mark Herring after a recount showed his losing ground in votes. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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** FILE ** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Smoke surrounds Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) as he waits to be announced before the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants in Sunday Night Football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, December 1, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)