FILE - This Dec. 28, 2012 file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. Republican leaders scramble for votes on a stopgap debt-limit measure that would let the government keep borrowing until at least mid-May, giving up for now on trying to win spending cuts from Democrats in return. But the respite would be only temporary, with major battles still to come between the GOP and President Barack Obama over taxes, spending and deficits. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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