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WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) -- As lawmakers began the final push Thursday on a comprehensive Wall Street reform bill, lobbyists also made their final push -- in congressional hallways, on BlackBerrys and cell phones, and at restaurants and bars near Capitol Hill.
On Thursday, some 40 lawmakers gathered in a House committee room to give speeches and kick off a marathon, two-to-three week session of deal-making on key differences buried in the bills.
Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you, the 44th president of the United States of America. Mr. George Bush the 3rd, err, I mean, Mr. Barack Obama. Please give a round of applause.