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For Obama, a deal could fall short of his top goal in budget standoff
For Obama, a deal could fall short of his top goal in budget standoff

WASHINGTON -- Under a deal emerging in the Senate, President Obama is poised to claim a clear victory on his demands in the debt-and-shutdown showdown with Republicans -- except, perhaps, the one he wants most. Although Obama’s frontline goals, as he often said, were simple -- Republicans should reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling without demanding concessions -- his underlying aim was far more ambitious. The president and White House officials weren’t just trying to resolve this crisis, they were trying to prevent a sequel. “If we get in the habit where a few folks, an extremist wing of one party, whether it's Democrat or Republican, are allowed to...

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