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October 30, 2013 6:02 PM

Budget negotiations open with happy talk but firm positions

Lawmakers opened high-level budget negotiations Wednesday with a warning that no one should expect a large, long-term, “grand bargain”-type deal that involves curbing government spending, overhauling the tax code or revamping entitlement programs. Instead, both sides seemed to agree that the best they can hope for is to reach an agreement to fund the federal government through fiscal 2014.

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