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President Obama announces in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, March 4, 2013, that he will nominate (from left) Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Ernest Moniz for secretary of energy, Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Wal-mart Foundation President Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the White House Office of Management and Budget. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** In this Oct. 16, 2012 photo, President Obama, right, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Obama and Romney, bitter campaign foes just weeks ago, are to share a lunch on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the White House with an eye on overlapping interests rather than the sharp differences that defined their presidential contest. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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President Obama arrives to speak to reporters about his meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts at the White House in Washington on March 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

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President Obama arrives to speak to reporters about his meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts at the White House in Washington on March 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington on March 1, 2013, following after meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington on March 1, 2013, following after meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013, following after meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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** FILE ** President Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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**FILE** Former President Bill Clinton (left) listens to former President George W. Bush speak on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

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**FILE** Secretary of State Colin Powell looks April 4, 2002, on as President Bush makes a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters outside the White House on March 1, 2013, following a meeting with President Obama and Congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts. (Associated Press)

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White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses during his daily news briefing at the White House on Feb. 28, 2013. (Associated Press)

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White House press secretary Jay Carney pauses during his daily news briefing at the White House on Feb. 28, 2013. (Associated Press)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (right) and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano walk in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Feb. 25, 2013, before President Obama addressed the National Governors Association. (Associated Press)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (right) and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano walk in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Feb. 25, 2013, before President Obama addressed the National Governors Association. (Associated Press)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (right) and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano walk in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Feb. 25, 2013, before President Obama addressed the National Governors Association. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** This Feb. 15, 2011, file photo shows White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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**FILE** President Obama discusses the continuing budget talks in the briefing room of the White House on July 19, 2011. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the White House about the sequester as he stands with emergency responders, a group of workers the White House says could be affected if state and local governments lose federal money as a result of budget cuts. (Associated Press)

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associated press “This is an independent organization,” White House press secretary Jay Carney says of the newly formed Organizing for Action nonprofit group.