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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. meets on Thursday, May 5, 2011, with congressional Republicans and Democrats at the Blair House in Washington in hopes of striking a deal on deficit reduction. From left are House Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican; Mr. Biden; and Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. (Associated Press)
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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. meets on Thursday, May 5, 2011, with congressional Republicans and Democrats at the Blair House in Washington in hopes of striking a deal on deficit reduction. From left are House Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican; Mr. Biden; and Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. (Associated Press)

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