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Jul 31, 2011 at 5:41 PM
Ending a perilous stalemate, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced agreement Sunday night on an emergency deal to avoid to avert the nation's first-ever financial default.
Apr 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM
The United States has never defaulted on its debt, but with partisan acrimony running at fever pitch, and Democrats and Republicans so far apart on how to tame the deficit, the unthinkable is suddenly being pondered.