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A checklist to see whether debt reduction is real

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and leaders of the lame-duck Congress may be just weeks away from shaking hands on a deal to avert the dreaded "fiscal cliff." So it's natural to wonder: If they announce a bipartisan package promising to curb mushrooming federal deficits, will it be real? Both sides have struck cooperative tones since Obama's re-election. Even so, he and House...