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Obama: Hit a deal or see economy sink

2 top Democratic senators soften on entitlement cuts

Posted: December 7, 2012 at 5:39 a.m.

President Barack Obama, visiting Thursday with high school English teacher Tiffany Santana at her family’s home in Falls Church, Va., said “I think the American people are counting on” Washington to solve the national budget problem soon.

President Barack Obama on Thursday again warned lawmakers that the U.S. economy will suffer unless there’s an agreement on a way to prevent more than $600 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax increases from taking effect.

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