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Obama: 'House Republicans are refusing to compromise'

US President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans are deadlocked over a deal to extend a payroll tax cut due to expire at the end of the year.

In a statement, Mr Obama blamed the lack of progress on a Republican "faction".

Mr Obama has postponed a family trip to Hawaii, saying he will not leave Washington until a deal is struck.

  • 22 Dec 2011
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