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White House defying aide's congressional subpoena

The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday, setting up a potential new legal battle in this midterm election year.

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FILE - This Oct. 30, 2013, file photo shows David Simas, President Barack Obama’s political director, left, and Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff as they accompany the president to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The White House is opposing congressional Republicans’ subpoena to Simas to testify on Capitol Hill this week. White House counsel Neil Eggleston said in a letter that the House Oversight Committee’s demand that Simas testify threatens the president’s independence and ability to get candid advice to carry out his constitutional duties. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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