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September 13, 2019
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US budget deficit reaches 7-year high
US budget deficit reaches 7-year high
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The US budget deficit for fiscal 2019 increased to almost $1.07 trillion in August, the highest amount in seven years, as revenue fell short of expenses by more than $214 billion, according to the Treasury Department.
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The Business & Politics Poll
What should be on top of the agenda for Congress?
Voters in this week's Business & Politics Poll listed immigration as their top-priority issue for Congress this fall. Not surprising. When our poll asked "How important is immigration as a policy issue?" in July, nearly three-quarters of those voting responded that it was either critical or very important. One reader called our attention to the omission of climate change from the list, while "none of the above/other" attracted more votes than "investigations," showing participants' appetite for a broader legislative agenda and their lack of one for more investigations. New poll Monday.
Immigration  27.87%
Gun violence  23.61%
Election security  20.90%
Tariffs and trade  16.97%
None of the above/other  7.21%
Investigations  3.44%
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Picture of the Week
Picture of the week
Twin beams of light shined skyward near the former site of the World Trade Center in New York this week in tribute to those who died in the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. (Afton Almaraz/Getty Images)
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