Absent a miracle, the "obscure process known as sequestration" will begin Friday, as automatic federal budget cuts to which Congress agreed in August 2011 will kick in. Many U.S. newspapers Friday looked at how the cuts will affect their readership. Others illustrated the sequester with images of sad national leaders who failed to make a deal to avoid them.

U.S. Rep. John Boehner, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and White House spokesperson Jay Carney grimace on this excellent Richmond Times-Dispatch front. (Courtesy the Newseum)

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid looks pretty grim on the front page of Politico, while U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, behind him, has a more philosophical mien. (Courtesy the Newseum)
The Parkersburg (W.V.) News and Sentinel opts for this wonderful Boehner moue. (Courtesy the Newseum)
Reid and Boehner glum up The Detroit News' front page. (Courtesy the Newseum)
The Washington Times shows the most long faces -- five. (Courtesy the Newseum)