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Locked And Loaded: The Size Of Government And The 2012 Election

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BUDGET BATTLE
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., heads to his seat at George Washington University in Washington, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, before President Barack Obama talked about the budget and his fiscal policy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) | AP

It's always hazardous to predict the issues that will define the next presidential selection. But leading thinkers in both parties say that events of the past two weeks have locked in place a major part of the 2012 general-election contest.

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