While annual deficits have shrunk dramatically since the depths of the Great Recession, the federal government is still adding to its overall debt. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Seattle Space Needle elevator operator Michael Hall says despite the success of the attraction, his pay hasn't budged in four years. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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When Democratic opposition delayed a major Asia-Pacific trade deal, White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked if the administration had to do some hand-holding with the 11 countries involved in the talks. "I don't know how 'snafu' translates into a variety of Asian languages," he said. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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President Obama spoke at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University Tuesday. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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President Obama walks away from Marine One in his Nikes on Sunday. He heads to Nike Headquarters later this week. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approach the podiums for a joint press conference Tuesday at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. President Obama is hoping to finalize a new trade agreement with Japan and other Asian nations soon. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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