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March 11, 2013
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Tough week of budget negotiations will test limits of Obama's charm
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This week represents a vital period for congressional budget talks, and President Barack Obama will have to turn on the charm to get both parties to compromise, Sean Sullivan writes. Obama will meet with congressional Republicans and Democrats while House Republicans propose a budget plan and Senate Democrats propose their own budget plan and a funding resolution to get the government through the fiscal year, but Sullivan notes that past negotiations on the subject haven't been successful. "I think he's genuinely reaching out," Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said of Obama. "But you know, you've got a lot of scabs and sores on people, and it's going to take a while for that to heal." The Washington Post/The Fix blog (3/11), U.S. News & World Report/Ken Walsh's Washington blog (3/11)
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Senator tries to hold onto prime congressional real estate
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