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U.S. President Barack Obama is seen in the Oval Office before departing the White House in Washington for a trip to Newport News, Virginia, February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

U.S. President Barack Obama is seen in the Oval Office before departing the White House in Washington for a trip to Newport News, Virginia, February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

U.S. President Barack Obama is seen in the Oval Office before departing the White House in Washington for a trip to Newport News, Virginia, February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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U.S. President Barack Obama runs to greet well-wishers upon his arrival in Newport News, Virginia February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama runs to greet well-wishers upon his arrival in Newport News, Virginia February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama runs to greet well-wishers upon his arrival in Newport News, Virginia February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama waves while walking on the South Lawn towards Marine One before departing the White House in Washington for a trip to Newport News, Virginia, February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

U.S. President Barack Obama waves while walking on the South Lawn towards Marine One before departing the White House in Washington for a trip to Newport News, Virginia, February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS...more

U.S. President Barack Obama waves while walking on the South Lawn towards Marine One before departing the White House in Washington for a trip to Newport News, Virginia, February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal speaks after the National Governors Association meeting at the White House in Washington February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal speaks after the National Governors Association meeting at the White House in Washington February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal speaks after the National Governors Association meeting at the White House in Washington February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A general view of the U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A general view of the U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A general view of the U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) gathers with fellow Republican House leaders (L-R) Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) gathers with fellow Republican House leaders (L-R) Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in...more

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) gathers with fellow Republican House leaders (L-R) Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A general view of the U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A general view of the U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A general view of the U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A general view of the U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A general view of the U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A general view of the U.S. Capitol is seen from the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) leads fellow House Republican leaders in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) leads fellow House Republican leaders in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) leads fellow House Republican leaders in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives for a news conference with fellow House Republican leaders at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives for a news conference with fellow House Republican leaders at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives for a news conference with fellow House Republican leaders at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. President Barack Obama runs to greet well-wishers upon his arrival in Newport News, Virginia February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama runs to greet well-wishers upon his arrival in Newport News, Virginia February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama runs to greet well-wishers upon his arrival in Newport News, Virginia February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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