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Official Business Behind Him, Obama Looks To 2014

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HONOLULU (AP) - The last vestiges of 2013's political wrangling officially behind him, President Barack Obama is setting his sights on the coming year. In 2014, a number of unfinished tasks will increasingly compete for attention with the midterm elections.
    
Vacationing in Hawaii, Obama on Thursday signed a bipartisan budget deal softening the blow from automatic spending cuts and a military bill cracking down on sexual assault.
    
The two bills passed by Congress with broad bipartisan support and constituted a modest step away from gridlock.
    
But already, familiar fault lines are emerging as Republicans and Democrats retrench for an upcoming fight over the debt ceiling.
    
High on Obama's agenda for 2014 is a renewed push on immigration. And in late January, he will give his fifth State of the Union address.

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