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A statue of Benjamin Franklin overlooks the empty hallways of Congress at the Capitol in Washington as the deadline of the deficit supercommittee approaches with no expectations for success on the morning of Nov. 20, 2011. (Associated Press)
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A statue of Benjamin Franklin overlooks the empty hallways of Congress at the Capitol in Washington as the deadline of the deficit supercommittee approaches with no expectations for success on the morning of Nov. 20, 2011. (Associated Press)

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