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              United Auto Workers Local 174 President John Zimmick works in his office in Romulus, Mich. on Friday March 22, 2013. Zimmick worries not just about his local - but the fate of all union

    United Auto Workers Local 174 President John Zimmick works in his office in Romulus, Mich. on Friday March 22, 2013. Zimmick worries not just about his local - but the fate of all union

    Posted: 3/23/2013 11:23:36 AM EST
    United Auto Workers Local 174 President John Zimmick works in his office in Romulus, Mich. on Friday March 22, 2013. Zimmick worries not just about his local - but the fate of all unions. "It weighs on me every single night before I go to bed," he says. "Unions don't have the leverage and power that we used to. It doesn't mean we won't regain it. The unions, in my opinion, will come roaring back. .... But the image is terrible right now. The media spins us as hurting business and the non-union workers — there's animosity and jealousy toward us." (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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              This Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 photo shows a Kurdish flag at the Citadel fortress in the old center of Irbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. Aided by an oil-fueled econo

    This Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 photo shows a Kurdish flag at the Citadel fortress in the old center of Irbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. Aided by an oil-fueled econo

    Posted: 3/10/2013 1:28:22 PM EST
    This Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 photo shows a Kurdish flag at the Citadel fortress in the old center of Irbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region. Aided by an oil-fueled economic boom, Kurds have consolidated their autonomy, increased their leverage against the central government in Baghdad and are pursuing an independent foreign policy often at odds with that of Iraq. (AP Photo/Karin Laub)
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              FILE - In this June 6, 2012, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill i

    FILE - In this June 6, 2012, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill i

    Posted: 1/10/2013 2:23:27 PM EST
    FILE - In this June 6, 2012, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama had a clear political edge in his fight with Republicans over the fiscal cliff, and used it to his advantage. In the upcoming battle over federal borrowing and spending, the leverage will be more evenly divided and the outcome less predictable. In the fiscal cliff fight, Obama wanted to block automatic New Year's Day tax increases on everyone but the country's highest earners. Republicans were trying to protect upper-income people from those tax hikes, but eventually gave in because they didn't want to be blamed for the higher middle-class taxes that a stalemate would have triggered. Next come three deadlines that will almost certainly become entwined. The government will run out of cash in about two months and the Obama administration will need congressional approval to borrow more money or face a first-ever federal default, threatening global, economy-rattling consequences. Boehner and McConnell have said they won't agree to a debt-limit extension without an accord to cut spending. Just as adamantly, Obama says the government's debt ceiling must be raised and he won't negotiate over it, though he says he would bargain over spending cuts and tax increases to reduce federal deficits. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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              FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. When black

    FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. When black

    Posted: 11/23/2012 3:19:02 AM EST
    FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. When black voters served up 93 percent support for Obama in defiance of predictions that they might sit out the election, black leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief. That freed them to try to leverage a greater share of attention from both Obama and Congress. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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              FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the media as he embraces Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after they spoke to the media at her re

    FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the media as he embraces Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after they spoke to the media at her re

    Posted: 11/22/2012 6:03:41 AM EST
    FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the media as he embraces Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after they spoke to the media at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday. The United States is unwinding two decades of sanctions against Myanmar, as the country's reformist leadership oversees rapid-fire economic and political change. Obama's visit this week, the first by a serving U.S. president, is a sign of how far relations have come. But Washington continues to take a calibrated approach to easing sanctions, keen to retain leverage should Myanmar's reform momentum stall. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win, Pool, File)
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              FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, left, meets with Myanmar's President Thein Sein at the Yangon Parliament building in Yangon, Myanmar. The United St

    FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, left, meets with Myanmar's President Thein Sein at the Yangon Parliament building in Yangon, Myanmar. The United St

    Posted: 11/22/2012 5:13:26 AM EST
    FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, left, meets with Myanmar's President Thein Sein at the Yangon Parliament building in Yangon, Myanmar. The United States is unwinding two decades of sanctions against Myanmar, as the country's reformist leadership oversees rapid-fire economic and political change. Obama's visit this week, the first by a serving U.S. president, is a sign of how far relations have come. But Washington continues to take a calibrated approach to easing sanctions, keen to retain leverage should Myanmar's reform momentum stall. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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              FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 file photo, an Iranian technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the

    FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 file photo, an Iranian technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the

    Posted: 11/8/2012 12:48:38 PM EST
    FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 file photo, an Iranian technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. The phrases to describe some of the looming foreign policy challenges for U.S. President Barack Obama didn't even exist when he took the oath of office the first time: the Arab Spring, the Fordo Facility housing Iran's underground uranium enrichment labs, the stealth power of new viruses bearing names such as Stuxnet and Flame in the shadow world of cyber-sabotage. But that also doesn't mean the list of earlier conflicts, stalemates and crises _ inherited by Obama in his first term and, in some cases, reaching back decades _ is any shorter for the White House. Obama has stood by the policy that tightening sanctions and diplomacy is the best course to leverage possible concessions from Iran on its nuclear program, which the West and others fear could eventually lead to atomic weapons. Iran says it only seeks reactors for energy and medical research.(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
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              In this Nov. 7, 2012, photo House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks about the elections and the unfinished business of Congress at the Capitol in Washington. President Barack Obama is

    In this Nov. 7, 2012, photo House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks about the elections and the unfinished business of Congress at the Capitol in Washington. President Barack Obama is

    Posted: 11/8/2012 3:08:24 AM EST
    In this Nov. 7, 2012, photo House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks about the elections and the unfinished business of Congress at the Capitol in Washington. President Barack Obama is setting out to leverage his re-election into legislative success in an upcoming showdown with congressional Republicans over taxes, deficits and the impending "fiscal cliff." Boehner says Republicans are willing to consider some form of higher tax revenue as part of the solution _ but only under what he calls "the right conditions." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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              FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, Maine independent Senate candidate Angus King speaks at a news conference in Brunswick, Maine. Add this to your set of Election Day unknowns: Co

    FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, Maine independent Senate candidate Angus King speaks at a news conference in Brunswick, Maine. Add this to your set of Election Day unknowns: Co

    Posted: 11/5/2012 4:58:27 AM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, Maine independent Senate candidate Angus King speaks at a news conference in Brunswick, Maine. Add this to your set of Election Day unknowns: Control of the United States Senate could conceivably come down to King who has resolutely refused to say which party he’d side with if voters send him to Washington. While it’s commonly accepted that King, a former Democrat who supports President Barack Obama, would align with Democrats, he has refused to say. That’s generated suspense and, in theory, could translate to power for King if the Senate ends up close to a 50/50 split. If one party ends up with a decisive majority, King may end up with less leverage than he hopes. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
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              Workers at a Japanese restaurant cover up the shop front with a Chinese national flag and red clothes ahead of major protests expected on Tuesday in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 17, 20

    Workers at a Japanese restaurant cover up the shop front with a Chinese national flag and red clothes ahead of major protests expected on Tuesday in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 17, 20

    Posted: 9/17/2012 1:28:17 AM EST
    Workers at a Japanese restaurant cover up the shop front with a Chinese national flag and red clothes ahead of major protests expected on Tuesday in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Chinese are trying to hurt Japan economically for leverage in a bitter dispute over contested islands, turning to angry protests and calls for boycotts of Japanese businesses, abetted in part by China's government. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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              Workers at a Japanese restaurant cover up the shop front with Chinese national flags and red clothes ahead of major protests expected on Tuesday in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 17, 201

    Workers at a Japanese restaurant cover up the shop front with Chinese national flags and red clothes ahead of major protests expected on Tuesday in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 17, 201

    Posted: 9/17/2012 1:28:17 AM EST
    Workers at a Japanese restaurant cover up the shop front with Chinese national flags and red clothes ahead of major protests expected on Tuesday in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Chinese are trying to hurt Japan economically for leverage in a bitter dispute over contested islands, turning to angry protests and calls for boycotts of Japanese businesses, abetted in part by China's government. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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    Posted: 6/18/2012 3:50:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this July 7, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with then- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will use their first meeting Monday June 18, 2012 since Putin returned to the top job to claim leverage on their twin needs: Obama needs Russia to help, or at least not hurt, U.S. foreign policy aims in the Mideast and Afghanistan. Putin needs the United States as a foil for his argument that Russia doesn?t get its due as a great power. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)
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    Posted: 5/1/2012 12:00:47 PM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2011, file photo, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaks, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter behind, during a media availability to announce $10 million for an IMPaCT Philadelphia project from the Department of Transportation in Philadelphia. Defying expectations, Congress has reached the homestretch on a major overhaul of federal transportation programs that is critical if the nation is to avoid steep cutbacks in highway and transit aid. However, other points of disagreement between the GOP-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate, including how to pay for transportation programs and how much leverage the federal government should have over how states spend their aid money, are still outstanding. LaHood has said it?s unlikely Congress will pass a final bill until after the November elections. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
  •  - India's President Patil speaks with European Council President Rompuy as European Commission President Barroso watches during their meeting in New Delhi

    India's President Patil speaks with European Council President Rompuy as European Commission President Barroso watches during their meeting in New Delhi

    Posted: 2/10/2012 8:52:26 AM EST
    India's President Pratibha Patil (C) speaks with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (L) as European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso watches during their meeting at India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi February 10, 2012. The European Union has asked India to use its leverage to bring Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear programme, Rompuy said on Friday, as Asia's third-largest economy prepares to increase trade with Tehran. REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - India's President Patil shakes hands with European Council President Van Rompuy at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi

    India's President Patil shakes hands with European Council President Van Rompuy at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi

    Posted: 2/10/2012 8:50:57 AM EST
    India's President Pratibha Patil (2nd L) shakes hands with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy as his wife Geertrui Van Rompuy (R) and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso look on, before their meeting at India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi February 10, 2012. The European Union has asked India to use its leverage to bring Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear programme, Rompuy said on Friday, as Asia's third-largest economy prepares to increase trade with Tehran. REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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    To match Insight POLAND-SHALEGAS/

    Posted: 2/9/2012 5:12:01 AM EST
    Smoke billows from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest biggest coal-fired power plant in this May 7, 2009 file photo. Beginning in 2014, Warsaw wants to tap an estimated 5.3 trillion cubic metres of recoverable reserves of gas - enough, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, to supply Poland with more than 300 years of its domestic energy needs. But the shale gas push is about more than energy. Poland wants to break its reliance on Russian energy and reduce Moscow's power over Europe. That is one reason why Warsaw has welcomed U.S. oil majors such as Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Conoco and Marathon, even though it risks igniting tensions with Russia. Poland currently relies on coal for most of its energy needs; natural gas, most of it Russian, accounts for about 13 percent of its supply. That gives Poland more leverage over Russia than is sometimes apparent. To match Insight POLAND-SHALEGAS/ REUTERS/Peter Andrews/Files (POLAND - Tags: POLITICS
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    Posted: 1/17/2012 6:45:48 PM EST
    FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2011 file photo, actor ad SAG National President Ken Howard arrives at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. The Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced Monday they have agreed to a plan to combine their unions. The announcement comes after nine days of talks between the unions in Hollywood and two years of negotiations between the groups to join forces in a bid to gain more leverage in contract negotiations. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
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    Posted: 12/8/2011 6:30:51 AM EST
    Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Chicago, after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for 18 convictions included allegations of trying to leverage his power to appoint someone to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat to raise campaign cash or land a high-paying job. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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    Posted: 12/8/2011 6:30:50 AM EST
    Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, in Chicago, after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption. Blagojevich's 18 convictions included allegations of trying to leverage his power to appoint someone to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat to raise campaign cash or land a high-paying job. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
  •  - German Chancellor Merkel attends Bundestag session in Berlin

    German Chancellor Merkel attends Bundestag session in Berlin

    Posted: 10/21/2011 4:41:52 AM EST
    German Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel attends a session of the German lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin October 21, 2011. A second euro summit at which leaders are due to deliver a plan for how to leverage the euro zone rescue fund is expected on Wednesday evening, Volker Kauder, a senior member of Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats said on Friday. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)