Despite buzz of a deal in the works to raise the debt ceiling, President Barack Obama and top congressional lawmakers have yet to reach an agreement to lift the nation's deficit limit. One Republican senator challenged a threat issued by the president to veto a Tea Party-backed budget proposal should it reach his desk. "He'll sign that puppy," the GOP lawmaker said. On the campaign front, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is out with a new ad that delivers an intriguing message.
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