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Obama hopes to rescue deficit-cutting deal

WASHINGTON — President Obama will go to Capitol Hill this week to try to salvage a big deficit-reduction deal, battling not only Republican resistance but also complaints from Democrats that he mishandled his last attempt.

The president’s outreach to rank-and-file lawmakers is the result of Republicans’ refusal to accept any additional tax increases to avert the automatic spending cuts that are beginning to affect the government. It could meet the same failure as Obama’s earlier bids to work privately through congressional leaders and then to apply public pressure.

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