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Deficit-Cutting Supercommittee: 'We're Not There Yet'

The 12-member supercommittee charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget cuts next month met publicly for the first time in six weeks Wednesday — and agreed on little more than the fact that time is indeed growing short for them to approve a deal. Co-chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., said a lot of hard work has been done to find common ground and agree on a balanced, bipartisan plan for deficit reduction. But, she added, "We're not there yet."
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D.C. Ethics Reform: Lots Of Talk, But Little Agreement

The D.C. City Council heard hours of testimony Wednesday on proposed ethics reform, but members of the council were quick to push back against proposals.

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House GOP Freshmen Face Pressure To Raise Cash

The huge House GOP freshman class that swept into office in 2010 faces its first re-election challenge next year, one that at least some of them may not be able to meet. New fundraising figures show that many freshmen have relatively low campaign bank balances heading into the election year.
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At Meeting, Supercommittee Shows Little Progress

The deficit-cutting Supercommittee met Wednesday morning in its first public meeting in more than a month. The group is charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget reductions by Nov. 23. If it fails, automatic, across-the-board cuts follow — a consequence that no one in the Capitol wants.
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Rep. Israel Aims To Win 25 House Seats For Dems

Democratic Rep. Steve Israel is on a mission for 2012: to recruit enough viable Democratic congressional candidates to win 25 house seats. As chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Israel has his work cut out for him, given the large loss Democrats suffered in 2010 — and the extremely low approval of Congress overall. Melissa Block speaks with Israel about his plan for 2012.

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