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Mayor Obama plays up local cuts

Feb 25, 2013 - Politico.com

He sounds like the mayor of America, pulling out new facts and figures to warn about the threat to teachers, cops and airports in your backyard if the sequester cuts go through this week.

But what President Barack Obama doesn't mention: The new stats he released with great fanfare Sunday night could have been unveiled long ago, since they're nothing more than the result of a formula he signed into law a year-and-a-half ago.

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Both Obama and Republicans have known since then that classrooms could get more crowded, fewer cops could be on the street and government workers could face unpaid leave. That's because both sides agreed to punt on a long-term budget fix by threatening rigid cuts to all domestic agencies and the Pentagon if a deal isn't reached by the end of thi...