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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room Friday.

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Obama can’t ‘Jedi mind meld’ deal on budget

President mixes his sci-fi metaphors in blaming Republicans

A combative President Barack Obama blamed Republican lawmakers Friday for failing to stop automatic spending cuts that were to begin kicking in later in the day, arguing he can’t perform a “Jedi mind meld” to get Republicans to agree on a deal.


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