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Obama calls Boehner, McConnell as budget cuts loom

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling an attempt to break an impasse, President Barack Obama on Thursday placed calls to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell about the looming spending cuts set to kick in on March 1. Neither side reported progress, however, and aides taunted each other with Twitter messages. The outreach was Obama's first in weeks to top...