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Party intransigence dims hopes for 'grand bargain'

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Party intransigence dims hopes for 'grand bargain'

FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama stands with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio after they attended a Friends of Ireland luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. The partisan cease-fire that kept the government running this spring gave birth to hopeful talk of a much larger “grand bargain” that would reduce the federal deficit for years. But such optimism seems to ignore how far apart the two parties remain on key issues. The mutual obstinance disappoints those who felt top Republicans and Democrats were close to a major accord on spending cuts and tax increases in December. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak. File)

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