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Obama, Boehner discuss drought, trade in White House meeting
Obama, Boehner discuss drought, trade in White House meeting

WASHINGTON — President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner held their first one-on-one meeting in more than a year Tuesday at the White House, but the discussion was another indication that the prospects for big, bipartisan deal-making are slim.  As the midterm election approaches, legislating has nearly ground to a halt in the divided Congress. The Oval Office meeting had the appearance of two leaders putting forward their best effort to show they remained ready to work together, despite the breakdown of their earlier talks. “We had a nice meeting,” Boehner said as he returned to the Capitol, declining to say more. Tuesday’s meeting came as Obama was...

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