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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, file photo President Barack Obama leaves after speaking in the White House State Dining Room in Washington. In that 20-minute statement Obama underscored the sensitivity of discussing tax increases. He called for "a balanced approach to a responsible budget," code for a mix of spending cuts and new revenues. Aside from saying immigrants here illegally should pay back taxes, the only time Obama mentioned taxes was when he advocated closing "corporate tax loopholes that don't help create jobs." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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