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Obama hosts Boehner for rare, private Oval Office chat

Published on Feb 26, 2014 6:24 AM
US President Barack Obama (right) meeting with Speaker John Boehner in the Oval Office at the White House on Feb 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner met for about an hour on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014, in a rare, one-on-one Oval Office discussion between two leaders who have fought bitterly during fiscal crises over the past several years.

The meeting seemed unlikely to lead to a breakthrough in Washington's political gridlock, particularly leading up to the November midterm elections.

The Democratic President and Republican Speaker remain at loggerheads on policies ranging from job creation to the implementation of Obamacare, the President's health-care insurance reform.

Aides to both men said they covered a lot of ground during the meeting, talking about at least 10 topics. But aides shared little insight into what, if anything, the meeting accomplished.

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