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President Obama's April 30, 2013, news conference

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President Obama is expected to nominate Gina McCarthy, currently assistant administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency, to head the agency on Monday. The nomination requires a Senate confirmation. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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President Obama To Nominate New EPA, Budget And Energy Heads

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New White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (left), at Friday's announcement. Behind the president: outgoing Chief of Staff Jacob "Jack" Lew, who has been nominated to be Treasury secretary. Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House late Tuesday evening. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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The Capitol is illuminated in Washington, where the House and Senate remain in session. The two chambers will miss a deadline to avoid the "fiscal cliff" tonight, as 2013 begins. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR's coverage of President Obama's comments on the "fiscal cliff" talks

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