Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen (right) and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. The Pentagon is tasked with cutting $450 billion from its budget in the next 10 years. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama meets with advisers at an economic meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 15, 2009. Participants include National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Council of Economic Advisers Chairwoman Christina Romer, senior adviser David Axelrod, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and adviser Gene Sperling. Pete Souza/White House hide caption

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President Obama addresses the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the United Nations headquarters in 2010. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf testifies before the supercommittee on Tuesday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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President Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and teachers, veterans, construction workers, police officers and firefighters, introduces the American Jobs Act in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Ali Soufan testifies from behind a black curtain and a room divider to protect his identity in 2009, during a Senate hearing to examine the Bush administration's detention and interrogation program. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks about his new jobs proposal at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., on Friday. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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