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Congress leaders reach deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Republican and
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have reached an
agreement with him to raise the government's debt ceiling and avoid
a default.

      Obama told the nation on television that more than $2 trillion
in spending cuts will be imposed gradually so they don't create a
drag on the economy.

     He said the spending cuts will reduce government spending to the
lowest level it has been since when Dwight Eisenhower was president
in the 1950s. He said there will be no initial cuts to entitlement
programs like Social Security and Medicare. But he said both could
be on the table along with changes in tax law as part of future