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WASHINGTON — As the Republican-led House and Democratic-led Senate push ahead with separate measures to avert a calamitous U.S. default next week, President Barack Obama once again urged compromise in the stalled negotiations.

“Any solution must be bipartisan,” said Obama from the Diplomatic Room at the White House. “We’re in rough agreement,” said the president. “There are plenty of ways out of this mess.”

“The time for putting ‘party’ first is over,” he added. “It’s time to step up and show the leadership the American people expect.”

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