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After collective bargaining, Walker tries to lower his profile

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks with at a Talk With Walker event in Madison, Wis. Walker became a conservative darling when, as a new Republican governor, he waged a high-profile battle to break the power of public employee unions in his traditionally pro-labor state, and then survived a recall election. Now Walker is preaching moderation and calm as he gets ready for his State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King.)

Scott Walker became a conservative darling when, as a new Republican governor, he launched a bold -- and successful -- effort to break the power of public employee unions in his traditionally pro-labor state, and then survived a union-led campaign to recall him. Clearly, he was a man on a mission.

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Obama pressing biz, labor

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The president touched on various topics including the widening sex scandal, UN Ambassador Susan Rice and possibly meeting with his recent presidential rival Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

In a challenge to Republicans, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to extend expiring tax cuts immediately for all but the highest income earners as a way to eliminate half of the so-called fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy back into recession.

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