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$85 billion cut from US budget

President Barack Obama signed an order authorising the US government to begin cutting $85 billion (£57bn) from federal accounts. By so doing he officially enacted across-the-board reductions that he was opposed but failed to avoid.

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Obama uses the force with 'Jedi mind meld'

Following President Barack Obama's comments that he is unable to "do a Jedi mind meld" on those who are holding out on a budget cuts deal, the White House released this image on Twitter:

This comical image popped up on the White House Twitter feed following the President's comments. Credit: Twitter/ @whitehouse

Underneath the picture of Obama is written, "To deny the facts would be illogical" and a link to wh.gov/jedimindmeld - which links through to the White House's page on the sequester.

While "Jedi" comes from Star Wars, the "mind meld" is featured in Star Trek.

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