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FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo President Barack Obama talks about sequestration in the Eisenhower Executive Office building on the White House complex in Washington, accompanied on stage by emergency responders, a group of workers the White House says could be affected if state and local governments lose federal money as a result of budget cuts. Lawmakers and the president on the brink of yet another compromise-or-else deadline Friday, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)