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Durbin: Spending cuts were threat, not strategy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Democrat says the automatic spending cuts set to take effect were meant as a threat, not a strategy. Sen. Dick Durbin, the assistant majority leader and a close White House ally, said Sunday that the deep spending cuts were never meant to take effect and were designed to prod both parties to reach a bipartisan agreement to reduce the nation's deficit. That deal hasn't...

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