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Congress Nears Budget Deal

Leading lawmakers say House and Senate negotiators appear close to agreeing on a federal budget and avert another government shutdown.  But sources close to the negotiations say the deal that is taking shape is modest, and not a so-called "grand bargain" that would tackle fundamental spending priority issues that have divided Congress for the past two years.  After more than two years of moving from one budget crisis to another, some lawmakers said they were optimistic...

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