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Politics

One last day for a fiscal deal

Senators struggle to produce a plan to avert tax increases, spending cuts

WASHINGTON — Eleventh-hour negotiations in the Senate made little to no progress Sunday as lawmakers brought America to the very edge of the fiscal cliff, and Republicans asked Vice President Joe Biden to get involved in a late bid to jump-start the talks.

Senators were still pursuing their sputtering effort as the final 30 hours began to elapse before income taxes rise on all Americans and deep spending cuts are imposed across the government, from defense contracting to medical research, from highway maintenance to national parks.

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