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White House Details 2013 Cuts If Congress Doesn't Avert Fiscal Cliff

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GOP Says Coverage For The Uninsured Is No Longer The Priority

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When Lobbyists Pay To Meet With Congressmen

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Should We Kill The Dollar Bill?

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Why Lobbyists Dodge Calls From Congressmen

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

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