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**FILE** Supercommittee Co-Chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling (center), Texas Republican, flanked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left), Virginia Republican, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, talks about the unfinished work of the supercommittee during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Nov. 4, 2011. (Associated Press)

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