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April 15, 2009 3:52 PM

Earmark? Controversial term has vanished in Congress

And "earmarks" is not the only term missing on Capitol Hill. Also gone: "recession," "bailout," "stimulus" and deficit." A watchdog group that tracks the language used in congressional debate found that none of those words has cracked the top 30 most frequently uttered terms so far in this year of economic agony. None of this is happening by accident.

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