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Here’s a big number: $44,200 billion. That’s what the chronic federal budget deficits will total thanks to the Bush administration according to a report from the US Treasury.

But in keeping with the administration’s commitment to honesty and openness, the study was quietly left out of the annual budget report in February.


Four separate people have told me today that I’ve brought the first good weather to New York in weeks. That’s not the usual position for someone from London.

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