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Obama Presses Congress To Compromise On Cuts

The supercommittee's failure to reach a budget deal had been predicted for days, even weeks. And now leaders in Washington cannot agree on who is to blame, or what should happen next. President Obama said he would veto any effort to get rid of the automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending.
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Would Romney's Tough China Talk Survive Election?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has promised to take a hard line against China on trade issues. He's not alone. In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama made a similar threat. But, experts say, there's a big gap between confrontational campaign rhetoric and action.
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Supercommittee Does Its Real Job For Its Real Bosses

Both parties act as though they can blame the other, striving to please constituencies that insist they do so. Yet, few achievements in American history have been so bi-partisan as the national debt.
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Supercommittee Fails To Reach Debt Deal

The bipartisan supercommittee says it failed to reach a deficit-reduction deal. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Robert Siegel with the latest from Capitol Hill.
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Obama Blames Republicans For Debt Panel's Failure

President Obama Monday put the blame for the supercommittee's failure squarely on congressional Republicans — and their unwillingness to consider higher taxes on the wealthy. Obama also threatened to veto any effort to escape from the automatic spending cuts agreed to in August without a balanced plan to reduce the deficit. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Scott Horsley for more.
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Va. Democrats Push GOP To Share Power

Democrats in Virginia are considering filing a lawsuit to check the tiebreaking power of the lieutenant governor in the divided state senate.

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Obama's Hands-Off Approach To The Supercommittee

After being dragged down by the congressional debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling last summer, the president remained largely silent on the supercommittee. Though the GOP has criticized the president for what they call "failed leadership," it's unclear whether his immediate involvement would have been helpful.
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With No 'Superdeal,' What's Next In Deficit Debate?

The failure of the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee extends fiscal uncertainty and pushes a debate over the Bush-era tax cuts into a presidential election year. Congress could try to reverse automatic budget cuts set for 2013 — but President Obama has already warned against that approach.

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