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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said key Republicans met with Vice President Joe Biden late Saturday night in an effort to resolve the debt crisis stalemate.

The White House held negotiations with key Republicans late Saturday in a bid to avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. debt, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. Read more»

Source: CBO 'Combined OASDI Trust Funds; January 2011 Baseline' 26 Jan 2011.
Note: See "Primary Surplus" line (which is negative, indicating a deficit)

Some senior Democrats are claiming that Social Security does not contribute "one penny" to the federal deficit. That's not true. The fact is, the federal government had to borrow $37 billion last year to finance Social Security, and will need to borrow more this year. Read more» 1

A boy waves an American flag at an immigration rally held in Dallas on May Day.

Support for the DREAM Act has increased nationally, even as tensions over immigration continue. The act would allow undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children a chance at permanent-residency status. Read more»