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Lawmakers Reach Tentative Deal on Budget

A bipartisan congressional budget deal announced Tuesday could end three years of impasse and fiscal instability that culminated in October with a partial government shutdown.

Defense Cuts Could Be Inevitable, Says Rep. Randy Forbes

Rep. Randy Forbes, who chairs the readiness panel of the House Armed Services Committee, has a fairly blunt view on the near future of the fiscal cliff talks: "I am fully expecting to see sequestration in some form beginning in January," he told AOL Defense in an exclusive interview. Here's what he thinks that will mean for the U.S. military.

Meet the 12 People Who Have to Fix the U.S. Budget

There has been a pleasant lull in reporting about the debt ceiling and budget debate, but don't let the quiet fool you. Right now, 11 men and one woman are crafting a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. They are the members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction -- aka, the Deficit Supercommittee