Financial Crisis Panel Divided Along Political Lines
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Chinese President Hu Jintao and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley visit the Walter Payton College Preparatory school in Chicago. Chris Walker/AP hide caption

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U.S. Has New Attitude Toward Asian Challenger
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President Obama meets with China's President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, in November. The Chinese leader comes to Washington this week. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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U.S., China Leaders To Focus On Economic Frictions
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Labor Department: Jobless Rate Dropped In December
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Shopper Monica Eaves, with her daughter, Sophia, 2, shops for holiday gifts at The Grove outdoor mall in Los Angeles on Tuesday. A strong start to the holiday season is raising confidence that the consumer is back and that 2011 could be a better year for the economy than expected. AP Photographer/AP hide caption

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Are We Headed Toward Economic Recovery?
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Some Worry Payroll Tax Cut Threatens Social Security
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Tax Deal A Kick In The Pants For The Economy?
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Deficit Plan Is Tough Medicine And A Tougher Vote
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Commission Delays Vote On Debt-Cutting Plan
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Federal Deficit Panel Efforts Reach Critical Stage
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President Obama walks at the White House with presidential debt commission co-chairs Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Heeding Wake-Up Call Could Mitigate Debt Crisis
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President Johnson (center) signs the Medicare Act in 1965 as former President Harry Truman (right) looks on. Now the cost of Medicare threatens to crush the federal budget. LBJ Library/National Archives hide caption

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Counting The Reasons Why Deficits Keep Growing
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Pamphlets with information about unemployment are displayed in a career center in Oakland, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America hide caption

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Job Seekers Find Bias Against The Unemployed
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