WASHINGTON (AP) — Staking out his ground ahead of a fiscal deadline, President Barack Obama lashed out against Republicans, saying they are unwilling to raise taxes to reduce deficits and warning that the jobs of essential government workers, from teachers to emergency responders, are on the line.
Obama urges GOP to halt automatic spending cuts
By Julie Pace and Jim Kuhnhenn| AP White House Correspondent February 19, 2013
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