SHOTLIST:

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Washington, DC - February 25, 2013

1. Wide, U.S. President Barack Obama walks into State Dining Room

2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Barack Obama, U.S. President:

"These cuts do not have happen. Congress can turn them off anytime with just a little bit of compromise."

3. Mid, Obama speaking to Governors

4. Graphic, showing map

5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Barack Obama, U.S. President:

"At some point we've got to do some governing and certainly what we can't do is keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis."

6. Wide, close-up Capitol Hill

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. John Boehner, House Speaker:

"It is time to cut spending here in Washington. Instead of using our military men and women as campaign props, if the President was serious he'd sit down with Harry Reid and begin to address our problems. "

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8. Top, wide White House

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Washington, DC - February 25, 2013

9. Tilt down, Capitol Hill

10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Janet Napolitano, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary:

"Look, I don't think we can maintain the same level of security at all places around the country with sequester as without sequester."

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Nogales, Mexico - September 9, 2012

11. Various, US-Mexico border

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12. Wide, people crossing street in traffic

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Washington, DC - February 25, 2013

13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Michael Dimock, Pew Research Director:

"I think most people see this as a very serious economic problem ... but it is very hard for them to get really engaged and really energized by the issue after having just been through this before, not that long ago."

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14. Wide, people crossing street in traffic

STORYLINE:

IN JUST FOUR DAYS, THE NEXT BUDGET STAND-OFF IN WASHINGTON HITS A WALL.

BUT, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYS THAT CONGRESS STILL HAS TIME TO AVERT THE ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUTS.

(SOT: Barack Obama)

"These cuts do not have happen. Congress can turn them off anytime with just a little bit of compromise."

SPEAKING TO THE NATION'S GOVERNORS. OBAMA AGREED THE PAIN MAY NOT BE FELT IMMEDIATELY ... BUT IT WAS ALREADY SLOWING DOWN THE ECONOMY.

(SOT: Barack Obama)

"At some point we've got to do some governing and certainly what we can't do is keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis."

ON CAPITOL HILL, HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS LAY THE BLAME ON THE PRESIDENT AND SENATE DEMOCRATS.

(SOT: John Boehner, House speaker)

"Instead of using our military men and women as campaign props, if the President was serious he'd sit down with Harry Reid and begin to address our problems."

DESPITE THE LOOMING DEADLINE, THERE ARE NO SERIOUS NEGOTIATIONS HAPPENING BETWEEN THE WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS.

INSTEAD, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS LAYING OUT _ IN STARK TERMS _ WHAT THE CUTS WOULD MEAN.

(SOT: Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary)

"I don't think we can maintain the same level of security at all places around the country with sequester as without sequester."

HOW WORRIED IS THE PUBLIC?

A RECENT PEW POLL FOUND THAT ALTHOUGH THE MAJORITY IS WORRIED, "CRISIS FATIGUE" IS SETTING IN.

(SOT: Michael Dimock, Pew Research Director)

"I think most people see this as a very serious economic problem ... but it is very hard for them to get really engaged and really energized by the issue after having just been through this before, not that long ago."

UNLESS CONGRESS ACTS BY FRIDAY, $85 BILLION IN CUTS ARE SET TO TAKE EFFECT.

TRACY BROWN

ASSOCIATED PRESS