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A same-sex couple get married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan.

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A same-sex couple get married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan.

Simpson’s Simple Republican Message: ‘If You Love Someone… Marry Them’

Alan Simpson has an idea of what it means to be a Republican: Getting government out of the lives of Americans. And that, according to the retired senator from Wyoming, includes the question of same-sex marriage. The characteristically candid and...

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Co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, former Sen. Alan Simpson, right, and Erskine Bowles, left, participate in a Joint Deficit Reduction Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on November 1, 2011.

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Co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, former Sen. Alan Simpson, right, and Erskine Bowles, left, participate in a Joint Deficit Reduction Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on November 1, 2011.

Simpson-Bowles: ‘Witness Protection’

Forget their names: Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. “We’re both on the witness protection program now,” said Simpson, the Republican former senator from Wyoming who teamed with Bowles, the Democratic former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, to navigate...

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Senior citizens protest against cuts to federal safety net programs, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in Chicago.

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Senior citizens protest against cuts to federal safety net programs, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in Chicago.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $2.4 Trillion

That’s the amount of deficit reduction projected over 10 years under a new proposal from Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. Bowles and Simpson, who led President Barack Obama’s 2010 deficit commission, introduced a plan yesterday that would achieve savings in...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden leave the podium after Obama made a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Jan. 1, 2013.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden leave the podium after Obama made a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Jan. 1, 2013.

Simpson-Bowles: `Truly Missed Opportunity to Do Something Big’

The tax deal approved in a bipartisan vote of the Senate and House and ready for President Barack Obama’s signature is a far cry from any “grand bargain” on the federal debt. It’s a long way from what Alan Simpson...

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Erskine Bowles, co-chairman of President Obama's deficit commission, right, and Alan Simpson, fellow co-chairman of the deficit commission, pose for a portrait at the Russell Senate office building in Washington.

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Erskine Bowles, co-chairman of President Obama's deficit commission, right, and Alan Simpson, fellow co-chairman of the deficit commission, pose for a portrait at the Russell Senate office building in Washington.

Simpson, Bowles Divided on One Issue

For nearly three years Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have been joined at the hip. Simpson the Republican, former Wyoming Senator with the sharp wit, and Bowles the Democrat, former Clinton chief of staff with the investment banker pedigree, formed...

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Lloyd C. Blankfein says he would be willing to pay higher taxes if he felt the increase was part of a solution aimed at helping reduce the national debt.

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Lloyd C. Blankfein says he would be willing to pay higher taxes if he felt the increase was part of a solution aimed at helping reduce the national debt.

Blankfein: Tax Me, If It Will Help

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein says he would be willing to pay higher taxes if he felt the increase was part of an overall solution aimed at helping reduce the national debt. “No one is...

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President Barack Obama in Arlington, Virginia.

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President Barack Obama in Arlington, Virginia.

Obama’s Book Explanation Doesn’t Reflect Plan

President Barack Obama misrepresented the majority recommendation of the bipartisan deficit commission he appointed in an interview the president gave to journalist Bob Woodward for a book released today. Obama is quoted in “The Price of Politics” telling the famed...

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan puts up a chart as he gives the GOP response to President Obama's budget submission for Fiscal Year 2012.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan puts up a chart as he gives the GOP response to President Obama's budget submission for Fiscal Year 2012.

Ryan Nixed Debt Deal Romney Touts

Representative Paul Ryan was a pivotal figure in killing the 2010 Bowles-Simpson agreement, which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney now holds out as a model for putting America’s fiscal house in order. The 18-member panel needed 14 votes to send a 10-year plan to...

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