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Obama adopts arm's-length strategy on government shutdown
Obama adopts arm's-length strategy on government shutdown

WASHINGTON — In 2011, with the government dangling on the edge of default, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) engaged in near daily negotiations. There were regular phone calls, talks and red wine at the White House. There were blowups, makeups and then a deal. Now, two years later, Obama isn’t even convening the first White House meeting with congressional leaders until Wednesday evening, more than 40 hours after the deadlock in Congress forced a government shutdown. And the meeting is expected to be little more than a photo-op. The shift from the hands-on to the arm’s-length strategy is at the core of the White House plans for handling the...

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