Showdown over the debt ceiling

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A guide to understanding the federal debt

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SOURCES: Government Accountability Office, Congressional Budget Office, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
GRAPHIC: Sohail Al-Jamea, Laura Stanton and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post. Published May 31, 2011.

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Sorting out the
budget proposals

Use this graphic to explore spending cuts and revenue changes under the four main proposals on the table.