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Obama’s Rift With Republicans Widens as Deficit Declines

President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders are staking out positions ahead of next month’s budget battle, setting up their sixth showdown over how to avoid defaulting on the U.S. debt and shutting down the government.

Obama is insisting Congress raise the debt ceiling with no strings attached, while a group of Republicans say they are willing to stop paying the government’s bills unless the president’s signature health care law is defunded.