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Fiscal fatigue grabs capital as Obama preps speech
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WASHINGTON (AP) - After last fall's tumultuous, bitterly partisan debt ceiling and government shutdown fights, a sense of fiscal fatigue seems to be setting in among many Washington policymakers as President Barack Obama prepares for his fifth State of the Union address later this month. A declining U.S. budget deficit, still-accommodative Federal Reserve and a small-bore budget deal negotiated last month - given final approval Thursday in Congress and signed by Obama on Friday - are helping to temper partisan rhetoric in the short term as attention in Washington shifts to the approaching midterm elections. The recovery from the deep recession of 2007-2009 has been one of the slowest in history and still has a ways to go, especially in terms of regaining lost jobs.

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