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Obama's Lost Leverage

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Obama speaks to the media after meeting with congressional leaders at the White House March 1. He said he wouldn’t risk a government shutdown by demanding a sequester fix in the continuing resolution needed to fund the government past the end of March.

But, he lamented, “It is a silent group right now.”

Obama issued the order triggering the $85 billion sequester in federal spending at 8:31 p.m. on March 1.

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