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Lawmakers remain stubborn on debt stances

Veiled threats, accusations greet next crisis

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders on Sunday showed no signs of resolving the next phase of the financial crisis, with Democrats still talking about higher taxes on the wealthy and the Senate’s top Republican suggesting that a crippling default on US loans was possible unless there are significant cuts in government spending.

‘‘It’s a shame we have to use whatever leverage we have in Congress to get the president to deal with the biggest problem confronting our future, and that’s our excessive spending,’’ said Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, who appeared on three network news shows Sunday

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