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Obama, lawmakers still divided over debt deal

JIM KUHNHENN and LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Grasping for a deal on the nation’s debt, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders remained divided Sunday over the size and the components of a plan to reduce long term deficits. Noting the need to work out an agreement over the next 10 days, the president and lawmakers agreed to meet again Monday. Obama also sought to use the power of his office to sway public opinion, scheduling a news conference for Monday morning, his second one in less than two weeks devoted primarily to the debt talks. Officials familiar with the meeting said Obama pressed the eight House and Senate leaders Sunday evening to continue aiming for…