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President Obama says he won't fade away in final year

President Obama says he won't fade away in final year

President Barack Obama closed his next-to-last year in office with rare praise for congressional Republican leaders who helped orchestrate a bipartisan budget deal Friday, then vowed to work hard to beat the GOP and get a fellow Democrat elected to succeed him in the White House.

"I do want to thank Congress for ending the year on a high note," Obama said in his annual year-end news conference. He singled out former House Speaker John Boehner for kick-starting the budget process shortly before leaving Congress and gave current Speaker Paul Ryan "kudos" for seeing the effort through.

The budget package, which staved off a government shutdown and extended tax...

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