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Obama marks accomplishments, spending fights loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he expected a robust debate with Republicans next year on the need to cut spending but was encouraged by the climate of compromise that led to a string of recent legislative victories.

When Obama returns to Washington from a Christmas break in Hawaii, he will face tough fights over reducing government spending, tackling record $1.3 trillion U.S. budget deficit and reforming the tax code with Republicans who will take control of the House of Representatives and gain strength in the Senate. Read more.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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