President Obama, pictured here with Lilly Ledbetter, and congressional Democrats are working the equal pay issue hard in a midterm election year when they will need as many women to vote as possible. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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A visitor to the federally run Folk Art Center in Asheville, N.C., on Tuesday expressed the dismay many felt because of the government shutdown. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton at the March on Washington 50th anniversary celebration. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Jim Messina (left), the head of Organizing for Action and a former top Obama campaign and White House aide, watches President Obama make a statement in the White House Cabinet Room in 2010. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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President Obama walks toward the White House on Monday after returning to Washington to monitor the government response to Hurricane Sandy. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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President Obama at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colo., on Sunday, when he met with victims and family members of last week's shooting. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Audience members listen to President Obama speak about immigration reform in El Paso, Texas, in May 2011. The Obama campaign is wooing Hispanics ahead of the November elections, but the president's deportation policy is being criticized by immigrant advocates. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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