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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)

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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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President Obama mentioned climate change eight times during his inaugural address Monday, and the White House has hinted that he may use executive power to pursue a form of clean-energy investments. (Associated Press)

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President Obama mentioned climate change eight times during his inaugural address, and the White House has hinted that he may use executive power to pursue a form of clean-energy investments. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden reacts Jan. 21, 2013, with his wife, Jill, as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House during the 57th presidential inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Obama. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Vice President Joseph R. Biden reacts Jan. 21, 2013, with his wife, Jill, as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House during the 57th presidential inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Obama. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama pauses during a statement on the fiscal cliff negotiations with congressional leaders in the briefing room of the White House on Dec. 28, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama speaks at the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington on Dec. 31, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Supporters of gun control gather on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House on Dec. 14, 2012, during a vigil for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and to call on President Obama to pass strong gun control laws. (Associated Press)

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President Obama talks with Vice President Joseph R. Biden in the presidential box during the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House on Jan. 21, 2013. (Associated Press)