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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People search for jobs in an employment office in El Centro, Calif. More than 6 million people in the U.S. have been out of work for six months or longer. Mark Ralston/AFP hide caption

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Life On The Sidelines: The Long-Term Unemployed
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Sen. Feingold Concedes, Hints At 'Next Adventure'
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Last month in Des Moines, Iowa, President Obama held a backyard discussion on the economy. With unemployment near 10 percent, the president and his fellow Democrats have had trouble touting positive economic news -- like the lower-than-expected TARP bill. Rodney White/AP/The Des Moines Register hide caption

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Democrats Struggle To Make Case On Economy
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Summers To Leave Obama's Economic Team
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Economic Pain Lingers Despite Recession's End
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Panel: TARP's Faults Eroded Government Confidence
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New Rules Would Have Banks Set Aside More Capital
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On Jobs, U.S. Ranks Worse Than Similar Nations
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Fed Ready To Act If Economy Falters
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to speak Friday at a conference in Wyoming. Investors are looking for clues that the Fed will do more to stimulate the economy. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Concern Grows Over Possible 'Double-Dip' Recession
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Home Sales Plunge 27 Percent To Lowest In 15 Years
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