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Susanne Brands, 22, left, and Mina Seljogi, 21, (Credit: AP )

Susanne Brands, 22, left, and Mina Seljogi, 21, both interns at the American Foreign Service Association, attend a rally of U.S. diplomats and federal workers against the prospect of a government shutdown, Friday, April 8, 2011, in Washington.

Federal budget debate

Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown by reaching an agreement to cut billions of dollars in spending.

President Barack Obama speaks to the media after
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President Barack Obama speaks to the media after a meeting with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at the White House in Washington, regarding the budget and possible government shutdown, Thursday, April 7, 2011.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, flanked by
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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, flanked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., right, and Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 8, 2011.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (2nd R) speaks as (L-R) Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) look on, April 8, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to members of the press during a news briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Budget negotiations between the Democrats and Republicans continue with a shutdown of the federal government looming. (April 8, 2011)

People walk through the rotunda of the Federal
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People walk through the rotunda of the Federal Hall National Memorial, the site of the inauguration of President George Washington in 1789, in New York's Financial District, Friday, April 8, 2011. A government closure would mean the furloughs of hundreds of thousands of workers and the services they provide, from processing many tax refunds to approving business loans. Medical research would be disrupted, national parks would close and most travel visa and passport services would stop, among many others.

Patrons walk through the National Gallery of Art
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Patrons walk through the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Friday, April 8, 2011, as Congress continues to debate in hopes of avoiding a government shutdown.

A security guard at the Hoover Dam visitor
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A security guard at the Hoover Dam visitor center waves to visitors, Friday, April 8, 2011, near Bolder City, Nev. As part of the Bureau of Reclamation, the visitor center and other tourist areas of Hoover Dam would close in the event of a government shutdown.

Laurie Stonecipher with the Foreign Service Institute, right,
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Laurie Stonecipher with the Foreign Service Institute, right, joins a crowd of U.S. diplomats and federal workers during a rally against the prospect of a government shutdown, Friday, April 8, 2011, in Washington.

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Susanne Brands, 22, left, and Mina Seljogi, 21,
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Susanne Brands, 22, left, and Mina Seljogi, 21, both interns at the American Foreign Service Association, attend a rally of U.S. diplomats and federal workers against the prospect of a government shutdown, Friday, April 8, 2011, in Washington.

U.S. diplomats and federal workers take part in
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U.S. diplomats and federal workers take part in a rally against the prospect of a government shutdown, Friday, April 8, 2011, in Washington. The rally was organized by the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA).

U.S. diplomats and federal workers take part in
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U.S. diplomats and federal workers take part in rally against the prospect of a government shutdown, Friday, April 8, 2011, in Washington.

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