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For Congress, a new year with old maladies

2013 expected to bring familiar battles and blather

WASHINGTON — Tired of economic brinksmanship and political crisis? Get used to it. This is the new normal — at least for a while.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s frantic efforts by congressional leaders to reach a fiscal-cliff compromise, the new year promises to be dominated by more unresolved battles over debt, taxes, and spending.

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