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Actress Sarah Jessica Parker attends a National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony at the White House in February 2010. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama, accompanied by business people, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 30, 2010. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 16, 2012, during a meeting to discuss the deficit and economy. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 16, 2012, during a meeting to discuss the deficit and economy. (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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** FILE ** In this Nov. 16, 2012, photo, President Obama acknowledges House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio while speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Admnistration officials say Mr. Obama and Mr. Boehner met Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the White House to discuss the ongoing negotiations over the impeding "fiscal cliff." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 16, 2012, photo, President Obama acknowledges House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio while speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Admnistration officials say Mr. Obama and Mr. Boehner met Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the White House to discuss the ongoing negotiations over the impeding "fiscal cliff." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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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 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)