- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on ‘outdated’ agencies
- Pregnancies decline overall, up among older women
- Pentagon plans to destroy Syrian chemical arms on ship at sea
- Paris Metro issues ‘politeness manual’ to improve passengers’ behavior
- Justin Bieber, crew detained at Australian airport in drug search
- Lee Rigby trial: Muslim who machete-hacked soldier calls it ‘humane’ kill
- GM ending Chevy sales in Europe to focus on Opel and Vauxhall
- Putin’s diplomats to U.S. busted for living high life off $1.5M bilked from Medicaid
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AGE BEFORE BEAUTY
“Wonkish, crotchety, and mostly bald.” (A description of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform co-chairs Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, from Slate correspondent Annie Lowrey.)
POLL DU JOUR
- 87 percent of Americans say the current size of the federal budget deficit will likely cause a “major economic crisis” in the next 10 years.
- 85 percent are worried that the increasing federal debt will “harm the financial future” of their children and grandchildren.
- 59 percent say “cutting government services” to balance the budget should be the focus of lawmakers.
- 59 percent approve a freeze on federal salaries, 30 percent say taxes should be increased.
- 50 percent would allow tax cuts for those earning more than $250,000 to expire.
- 34 percent would continue tax cuts “for everyone.”
- 14 percent would allow tax cuts to expire for everyone.
Source: Associated Press/CNBC poll of 1,000 adults conducted Nov. 18 to 22.
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