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Obama will discuss rising oil prices on Friday

The White House announced late Thursday that President Obama would address reporters on Friday about rising energy prices.

Administration officials did not preview what Obama would say at the press conference. Over the last few days, the White House has so far not joined calls by Democrats to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for oil in the wake of the unrest in the Middle East, although officials have said the president is considering the idea.

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) blamed the White House early Thursday for the rise in gas prices, saying, "The Obama administration has consistently blocked America's energy production."

Obama is also likely to face questions from reporters about the situation in Libya and the budget fight on Capitol Hill.

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