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President Obama and his administration are pressuring Republicans to cancel the sequester cuts and replace them with tax increases and different spending cuts. (Associated Press)

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Carlos Maisonet, 73, receives a flu shot from Dr. Eva Berrios-Colon, a professor at Touro College of Pharmacy, during a visit to the faculty practice center at Brooklyn Hospital in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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Carlos Maisonet, 73, receives a flu shot from Dr. Eva Berrios-Colon, a professor at Touro College of Pharmacy, during a visit to the faculty practice center at Brooklyn Hospital in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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French troops talk with Malian soldiers outside Bourem, in northern Mali, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Pascal Guyot, Pool)

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VA Secretary-designate Eric K. Shinseki will have to seek out new solutions for the health problems of an ever-growing population of veterans.

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**FILE** Lawrence Stallworth II (left), 20, of Cleveland, who was diagnosed with HIV at age 17, speaks July 22, 2012, on a youth panel at the International AIDS Conference in Washington. Stallworth learned he was infected with HIV at age 17, when he was a high-school senior, after a hospitalization. A black gay man, he's among one of the nation's highest-risk groups. (Associated Press)

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Nathaniel Donaker, 4, eats Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday. Commercials promoting sugary breakfast cereals could be put on a strict diet under government guidelines urging food companies to limit marketing of unhealthy products to children. Under a proposal announced Thursday by several government agencies, companies would be urged to only market foods to children ages 2 through 17 if they are low in fats, sugars and sodium and contain specified healthy ingredients. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Dr. Pedro Jose Greer examines Medicaid patient Kenneth Caldwell, 50, in his office at Mercy Hospital in Miami, where the gastroenterologist has made a career of offering treatment without regard to a patient's ability to pay. (AP Photo)

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Jack Nicholson starred as “senseless, out of it, gone-down-the-road, wacko” — and rebellious — mental patient Randle McMurphy in 1975’s “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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** FILE ** Millions of dollars already have been spent looking at fracking’s impact on water and air quality and at possible links to cancer and other diseases, but many analysts believe there hasn’t been enough research to draw firm conclusions. (Associated Press)

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“It’s a great way to commemorate this challenging moment in history,” says Kevin Sacher, president of American Mint, which has issue a platinum-plated “$1 Trillion Coin” for collectors. And for only $9.95. (American Mint)

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Jack Nicholson starred as “senseless, out of it, gone-down-the-road, wacko” — and rebellious — mental patient Randle McMurphy in 1975’s “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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American Mint has issue a platinum-plated "1 Trillion Coin" for collectors, priced at $9.95. (image from American Mint)

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**FILE** Tea Party Express chief strategist Sal Russo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on May 11, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Tea Party Express chief strategist Sal Russo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on May 11, 2011. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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French troops talk with Malian soldiers outside Bourem, in northern Mali, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Pascal Guyot, Pool)

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French troops talk with Malian soldiers outside Bourem, in northern Mali, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Pascal Guyot, Pool)

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**FILE** Sen. Mike Johanns, Nebraska Republican, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 13, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Mike Johanns, Nebraska Republican, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 13, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Sens. John McCain (left) and Lindsey Graham on Sunday indicated Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary likely will be confirmed when the Senate reconvenes. “I don’t believe he’s qualified, but I don’t believe we should hold up his confirmation any further,” Mr. McCain said. (Associated Press)