President Barack Obama speaks about fiscal policy at George Washington University on April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Tea Party activists gather on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The federal government is facing a potential shutdown if Congress and the White House are not able to agree on a budget. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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