Alan Krueger, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, warns that consumer spending will drop if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal on spending cuts and tax increases. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Looming Spending Cuts Would Hit Hard All Over

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Pranksters Put Fake Ensign's Portrait On Pentagon Wall; It Stayed For Months

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American soldiers Kris Kuntz (left) and Hayley Barner in Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan, last October. Tauseef Mustafa /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR's Tom Bowman reports

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Tom Bowman on 'Morning Edition'

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Pentagon Outlines Next Steps To Ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

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