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White House spokesman Jay Carney briefs reporters at the White House on Jan. 28, 2013. (Associated Press)

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President Obama announces in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, that he will nominate Mary Joe White (right) to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and will renominate Richard Cordray (left) to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position he has held for the past year under a recess appointment. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama walks out of the Oval Office of the White House on Monday to make a statement on the economy in the Rose Garden. (Associated Press)

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President Obama announces in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, that he will nominate Mary Joe White (right) to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and will renominate Richard Cordray (left) to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position he has held for the past year under a recess appointment. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama pauses in the State Dining Room of the White House on Jan. 24, 2013, as he announces that he will nominate Mary Joe White to lead the Security and Exchange Commission and re-nominate Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a role that he has held for the last year under a recess appointment. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama pauses in the State Dining Room of the White House on Jan. 24, 2013, as he announces that he will nominate Mary Joe White to lead the Security and Exchange Commission and re-nominate Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a role that he has held for the last year under a recess appointment. (Associated Press)

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Richard Cordray stands left as President Obama announces in the State Dining Room of the White House on Jan. 24, 2013, that he will re-nominate Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a role that he has held for the last year under a recess appointment, and nominate Mary Joe White to lead the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). (Associated Press

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**FILE** Richard Cordray stands left as President Obama announces in the State Dining Room of the White House on Jan. 24, 2013, that he will re-nominate Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a role that he has held for the last year under a recess appointment, and nominate Mary Joe White to lead the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). (Associated Press

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**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden, joined at the White House by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (left), holds a meeting Jan. 9, 2013, with gun-safety advocates and victims' families. (Associated Press)

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Former House Whip and new White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel gives the thumbs up to House Democrats before the arrival of President-elect Barack Obama at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, Tuesday, January 20, 2009. (J.M. Eddins Jr. / The Washington Times)

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President Obama looks to Mary Jo White in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, as he announces he will nominate her to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama looks to Mary Jo White in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, as he announces he will nominate her to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama announces in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, that he will nominate Mary Joe White (right) to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and will renominate Richard Cordray (left) to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position he has held for the past year under a recess appointment. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama announces in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, that he will nominate Mary Joe White (right) to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and will renominate Richard Cordray (left) to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position he has held for the past year under a recess appointment. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, center, flanked by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence President Dan Gross, left, and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, speaks outside the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, following President Barack Obama's proposal to reduce gun violence. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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** FILE ** Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, center, flanked by Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence President Dan Gross, left, and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, speaks outside the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, following President Barack Obama's proposal to reduce gun violence. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama speaks about negotiations regarding the fiscal cliff as he takes questions from reporters, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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White House press secretary Jay Carney refused Wednesday to say whether President Obama would expend political capital to back climate-change legislation, despite Mr. Obama's remarks on the topic in his inaugural speech. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama announces June 15, 2012, his administration's immigration plans in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Associated Press)

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White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House on Jan. 23, 2013. (Associated Press)