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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Jamari Brighthaupt, 11, gets blood drawn by registered nurse Rae Montilla at the Georgetown Pediatric Mobile Clinic. Jessica Camille Aguirre/NPR hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participates during the Wolfeboro, N.H., Independence Day parade on Wednesday. Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images hide caption

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