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President Barack Obama stands with Marye Anne Fox, a renowned organic chemist and chancellor at the University of California, San Diego, at a ceremony for recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors, at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Barack Obama applauds after presenting the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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In this May 19, 2010, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama's Chief of Staff Susan Sher arrives for the State Dinner, at the White House in Washington. The first lady's office announced Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, that Ms. Sher will leave the White House and return to Chicago after the first of the year. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)

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Former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel shakes hands Oct. 11 along the route of Chicago's Columbus Day parade as he prepares to run to replace outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley. (Associated Press)

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Slurpees are good to go at a 7-Eleven store in Concord, N.H. But there is no word yet on whether elected officials will be sipping the sweet slushy drink Thursday while discussing tax cuts in the White House at a gathering jokingly dubbed the "Slurpee Summit." (Associated Press)

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President Obama gestures as he moves off stage at the conclusion of a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, at which he conceded Democrats took a "shellacking" by the voters Tuesday. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama walks past a portrait of former President Jimmy Carter, right, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, as he headed to the East Room for a news conference the day after the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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** FILE ** President Obama answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Trick-or-treaters get their treat at the North Portico of the White House during a Halloween celebrations, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

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** FILE ** John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, briefs reporters at the White House in Washington on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, after President Obama made a statement about suspicious packages found on U.S.-bound planes. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Ben Rhodes is White House deputy national security adviser. (Associated Press)

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President Obama is introduced by Javier Garcia of Brownsville, Texas, before signing the Executive Order on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. (Associated Press)

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The White House is bathed in pink light in recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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The White House is bathed in pink light in recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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The White House is bathed in pink light in recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Actor George Clooney speaks to reporters after meeting with President Barack Obama about his recent trip to Sudan at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Barack Obama (C) speaks alongside Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (R) and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner as he delivers a statement on transportation infrastructure, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, October 11, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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President Barack Obama puts his arm around Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as they walk back into the Oval Office after Obama delivered a statement on transportation infrastructure, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, October 11, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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White House senior adviser David Axelrod, appearing Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," was challenged on administration assertions — claims repeated in a new Democratic commercial — that the Chamber of Commerce was using foreign dues money to finance political attack ads. (Associated Press)