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The Madeleine Brand Show for April 6, 2011




US President Barack Obama speaks during an unannounced appearance in the Brady Briefing Room on April 5, 2011 at the White House in Washington. Obama upped the ante in a budget row with Republicans, warning it would be 'inexcusable' not to agree to a deal and risk closing down the US government this week.
US President Barack Obama speaks during an unannounced appearance in the Brady Briefing Room on April 5, 2011 at the White House in Washington. Obama upped the ante in a budget row with Republicans, warning it would be 'inexcusable' not to agree to a deal and risk closing down the US government this week.
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