Cuts a given, leaders will meet

Republicans expect little from Friday session at White House

Posted: February 28, 2013 at 12:38 a.m.

President Barack Obama, left, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio sit during a ceremony to dedicate a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Barack Obama summoned congressional leaders to a meeting at the White House on Friday, the day $85 billion in spending cuts begin, as both parties say a deal to avert them probably won’t come before the deadline.

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