Budget deal done, Obama and Congress go their own ways (Houston Chronicle)

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., right, during a commemoration ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which abolished slavery in the United States, in Emancipation Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional leaders and the White House reached an agreement on a massive year-end tax and spending package last week, without shutting down the government. The deal represented something once commonplace in Washington: a compromise, with elements for all sides to like and dislike. Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP / AP

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By Kathleen Hennessey and Erica Werner

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five days after Paul Ryan was sworn in as House speaker, the White House promised to invite him to meet President Barack Obama for a perfunctory but traditional photo opportunity. It would be a chance for the leaders to shake hands for the cameras and exchange pledges to work together.

Ryan never got that invitation.

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