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Politics

Congress nears a desultory end

WASHINGTON — As the current crop of US representatives and senators lurches toward the end of 2012, the Congress of the last two years is on track to notch a record as the most unpopular and one of the least productive in at least 40 years.

On the heels of a contentious election and while Americans pine in vain for a sense of unified purpose, Congress is poised to cap off its dubious distinction by taking the nation to the brink of yet another economic crisis — the fiscal cliff — once again employing the sort of O.K. Corral tactics that have raised so much public ire in the first place.

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