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Obama, lawmakers mingle to mark rare bipartisan breakthrough

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner pecked Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on the cheek. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy conferred amiably with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Republicans and White House officials slapped each other on the back.

By Washington standards this was politics through the looking glass — an alternate world of negotiation, conciliation, achievement and, yes, even camaraderie.

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