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Sequester goes into effect as both sides trade blame

WASHINGTON — Furlough notices began arriving at federal agencies on Friday as the government prepared to cope with automatic spending cuts required by the so-called sequester, which went into effect hours after President Obama and Republican leaders held another fruitless session at the White House.

The prospect of absorbing $85 billion in reductions caused waves of anxiety across the country, even though much of the sequester’s impact will not be felt for weeks — and will be felt in disproportionate ways — from classrooms to laboratories to military bases.

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