US lurches toward austerity with harsh budget cuts

Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., center, flanked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev.,left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., holds up a copy of a "warn notice" that would be sent to workers if furloughed from their jobs under the automatic spending cuts that take effect March 1, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)





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