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President Barack Obama walks with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner towards the Oval Office at the White House in Washington as he returns from speaking about the fiscal cliff at Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama (right) walks with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner toward the Oval Office at the White House in Washington as he returns from speaking about the "fiscal cliff" at the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama and the first family light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse south of the White House, Washington, D.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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President Obama and the first family light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse south of the White House, Washington, D.C., Thursday, December 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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White House press secretary Jay Carney (AP photo)

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Outgoing director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag after President Obama signed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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A festive crowd is bundled against a chilly evening Thursday for the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree just south of the White House. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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President Obama and the first family light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse south of the White House, Washington, D.C., Thursday, December 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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President Obama and the first family light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse south of the White House, Washington, D.C., Thursday, December 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (left) and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, take part in a news conference on deficit reduction on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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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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Conservative lawmakers and interest groups have said House Speaker John A. Boehner's offer of $800 billion in tax increases abandoned core Republican principles and earned no credit from a White House that has insisted on even bigger tax hikes. (Associated Press)

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President Obama walks on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, before boarding the Marine One helicopter en route to Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland and then on to Hatfield, Pa., to speak at the Rodon Group manufacturing facility. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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“We oppose all unilateral actions, including settlement activity and housing construction, as they complicate efforts to resume direct, bilateral negotiations and risk prejudging the outcome of those negotiations and this including building in the so called E1 area.” — White House press secretary Jay Carney (Associated Press)

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“We oppose all unilateral actions, including settlement activity and housing construction, as they complicate efforts to resume direct, bilateral negotiations and risk prejudging the outcome of those negotiations and this including building in the so called E1 area.” — White House press secretary Jay Carney (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Crowds celebrate in front of the White House on May 2, 2011, after President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed. (Associated Press)

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White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Dec. 3, 2012. (Associated Press)

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White House spokesman Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Dec. 3, 2012. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, before boarding the Marine One helicopter enroute to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., then onto Hatfield, Pa. to speak at the Rodon Group manufacturing facility. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama walks on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, before boarding the Marine One helicopter en route to Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland and then on to Hatfield, Pa., to speak at the Rodon Group manufacturing facility. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)