U.S. Economy

How to Tell Facts About the Debt From Political Hype

You can disregard the end-of-the-world predictions from the presidential campaign.

Not the top priority.

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Recent remarks by Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, have turned the spotlight back to the U.S.’s $18 trillion federal government debt. The attention follows a period of substantial decline in the budget deficit that countered claims the country was heading rapidly toward debt Armageddon.

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