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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will travel Friday afternoon to Hawaii for a delayed Christmas vacation.

The White House announced the president's departure plans shortly after the House and the Senate signed off on a deal to extend payroll tax cuts after House Republicans reversed course and dropped their opposition.

The Senate had already agreed to the two-month deal, but the House GOP refused to budge until Thursday evening.

With Washington deadlocked, Obama delayed his annual December trip to Honolulu area, where he was born and mostly raised. He had planned to leave Washington on Dec. 17.

The president's wife and daughters have been in Hawaii since late last week.

The Obamas plan to return to Washington in early January.

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