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Deal struck to extend payroll tax cut, aid to jobless

Tentative accord follows shift by GOP

Republicans said they deprived President Obama of a chance to accuse them of resisting tax cuts for the middle class. Republicans said they deprived President Obama of a chance to accuse them of resisting tax cuts for the middle class.
By Jennifer Steinhauer
New York Times / February 15, 2012
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Members of a House-Senate committee charged with writing a measure to extend a payroll tax reduction and provide added unemployment benefits reached a tentative agreement yesterday evening, with Republicans and Democrats claiming a degree of political victory in a fight with significant election-year implications.

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