House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio smiles during a news conference on 

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio smiles during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, following  a Republican strategy session. Congressional Republicans’ unyielding stand against income tax increases has caught President Barack Obama and his allies off guard. The result is a spending-cuts-only approach to deficit reduction that Democrats wanted to avoid. The events have dimmed hopes for broader efforts to start taming costly “entitlement” programs such as Medicare and Social Security.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio smiles during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, following a Republican strategy session. Congressional Republicans’ unyielding stand against income tax increases has caught President Barack Obama and his allies off guard. The result is a spending-cuts-only approach to deficit reduction that Democrats wanted to avoid. The events have dimmed hopes for broader efforts to start taming costly “entitlement” programs such as Medicare and Social Security. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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