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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 1996 file photo the sun gleams down on the closed Washington Monument as the federal budget impasse continued in Washington.  President Barack Obama and his officials are doing their best to drum up public concern over the shock wave of spending cuts that could strike the government in just days. So it’s a good time to be alert for sky-is-falling hype. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook, File)

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