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So Much for Soft Power » U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (L) (R-WI) looks at a copy of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget with ranking Democrat Chris Van Hollen (R) (D-MD). (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)

U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (L) (R-WI) looks at a copy of U.S. President Barack Obama's 2012 budget with ranking Democrat Chris Van Hollen (R) (D-MD). (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters)
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U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (L) (R-WI) looks at a copy of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget with ranking Democrat Chris Van Hollen (R) (D-MD) as the Director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, Jacob Lew (not pictured) testifies at a House Budget Committee hearing on U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 15, 2011. One day after President Barack Obama presented Congress with his $3.7 trillion budget, the focus shifts on Tuesday to Washington’s more immediate spending needs and a controversial spending-cut bill that Republicans hope to pass in the House of Representatives. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

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