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Obama rips critics of UN ambassador

WASHINGTON — President Obama tenaciously defended Ambassador Susan Rice on Wednesday, using his first postelection news conference to label as “outrageous” any Republican charges that the diplomat misled the American public after the attack on a US Consulate in Libya on Sept. 11.

Much of the press conference, his first in five months, centered on coming negotiations with Congress to avoid a fiscal maelstrom of mandated tax increases and budget cuts at the end of the year. Obama also renewed a call for immigration reform – and said conversations were already underway with congressional leaders — but said legislation addressing climate change would be much more difficult.

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