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Deficit 'Supercommittee' Struggles As Clock Ticks

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The supercommittee is struggling.

After weeks of secret meetings, the 12-member deficit-cutting panel established under last summer's budget and debt deal appears no closer to a breakthrough than when talks began.

The panel members aren't doing much talking, but other lawmakers, aides and lobbyists closely following the group are increasingly skeptical, even pessimistic, that it will be able to

It's all because of a familiar impasse.

Democrats won't go for an agreement that doesn't include lots of new tax revenue; Republicans are just as ardently anti-tax. The impasse almost certainly means that Democrats won't agree to cost curbs on popular entitlement programs like Medicare.

This program aired on October 9, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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