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In A Year Of Partisan Brawls, Congress Goes One More Round

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GOP Objects To 'Millionaires Surtax'; Millionaires We Found? Not So Much

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Can Congress Really Compromise On Extending The Payroll Tax Cut?

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Inside Washington's Money Machine

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Job seekers waited in line to meet with recruiters at a job fair in Park Ridge, Ill., last month.

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