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This Aug. 14, 2013 file photo shows job seekers checking out companies at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy. A tense political battle likely looms when Congress reconvenes in the new, midterm election year.

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