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White House greets budget deal with caution, hope

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WASHINGTON (AP) — There were no champagne corks popping at the White House after Congress passed a two-year budget deal, no declarations of a new era of cooperation in President Barack Obama's second term. Instead, the modest agreement passed Wednesday served as a stark year-end reminder of how low expectations for Washington sank in 2013. That's particularly true for a president who hoped his...

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