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President Obama will hold a news conference Friday afternoon, the last day of his year in Washington.

The president and his family are scheduled to leave early Friday evening for their annual end-of-the-year trip to Hawaii. They are not expected to return to the White House until the first weekend of January 2014.

Obama's news conference -- which should include many end-of-the-year type of questions -- is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Among the likely topics: The new health care law, the budget and debt ceiling, the president's plunging approval ratings and relations with congressional Republicans.

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