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Big Bay State players may face showdown

I don’t know exactly how Washington’s fiscal cliff drama will eventually end, but it’s clear some substantial federal spending cuts are going to be part of the solution.

The details of those cuts — who loses how much and when — will have a big impact on the economy of Massachusetts. The politics of the fiscal cliff may pit two of the state’s biggest economic engines — the defense industry and the Massachusetts health care establishment — against each other.

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