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Obama, Republicans maneuver over sequester, government shut-down

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[We can’t mention Sperling without noting that his feud with Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward over the sequester’s paternity seems to have sputtered out. On ABC’s “This Week,” Sperling called Mr. Woodward “a legend,” and he described their relationship as "very friendly and respectful." On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Woodward said he’d be inviting Sperling over for dinner. “I'm going to invite him over to my house if he'll come and hopefully he'll bring others from the White House, maybe the president himself,” he said. “You know, talking really works."]

While he once warned (in a Wall Street Journal op-ed column) that the sequester would harm national security and cost thousands of jobs, House Speaker John Boehner – as well as other GOP leaders – have backed away from that position.

“I don’t know whether it’s going to hurt the economy or not,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I don’t think anyone quite understands how the sequester is really going to work.”

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