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FILE – In this Jan. 3, 1995, file photo federal workers demonstrate against the partial federal government shutdown outside the State Department in Washington. President Barack Obama and his officials are doing their best to drum up public concern over the shock wave of spending cuts that could strike the government in just days. So it’s a good time to be alert for sky-is-falling hype. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File)