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Congress Delays Political Struggle – NYTimes.com

When Congress handily passed a bill to set payroll tax rates, jobless benefits and Medicare doctors’ fees for the next two months, it seemed to end an epic …

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Proposed Balanced Budget Amendment Is Extreme by International Standards — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Some proponents of a constitutional balanced budget amendment argue that other developed countries’ constitutions require balanced budgets, suggesting that a balanced budget requirement for the federal government would …

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Lawmakers Trade Blame as Congressional Deficit Talks Crumble – NYTimes.com

With the hours ticking away toward a self-imposed deadline, Congressional leaders conceded Sunday that talks on a sweeping deficit agreement were near failure and braced for

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Congressional Committee at Odds on How to Cut Deficit – NYTimes.com

With time running out, members of the special Congressional deficit committee are stymied by a deep rift over whether affluent Americans should help reduce the deficit by …

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Bombs, Bridges and Jobs – NYTimes.com

A few years back Representative Barney Frank coined an apt phrase for many of his colleagues: weaponized Keynesians, defined as those who believe “that the government does not create jobs when it funds the building of bridges or …

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Deficit Panel May Need Push to Meet Deadline, Lawmakers Say – NYTimes.com

With just five weeks until its deadline, a secretive Congressional committee seeking ways to cut the federal deficit is far from a consensus, and party leaders may need to step in if they want to ensure agreement, say people involved in …

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10 ways to fix the budget – The Washington Post

It’s true: Deficit reduction isn’t an economic panacea. It won’t instantly boost the economy or the stock market. It won’t automatically end financial turmoil. But none of this means that we should …

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