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Perennial ideas in Obama budget likely to go nowhere

WASHINGTON — Even as it adds fuel to battles over taxes and Social Security, President Obama’s budget will reprise lots of smaller bore proposals that have gone nowhere in a gridlocked Washington.

Ideas like higher Transportation Security Administration fees on airline tickets, the end of Saturday mail delivery, and higher pension contributions for federal workers are the hardy perennials of Obama’s budgets, reprised year after year, along with more widely known proposals like taxing oil companies and the rich.

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