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Bush proposes lean 2007 budget


WASHINGTON -- The $2.77 trillion budget President Bush sent Congress yesterday reflects his priorities, with big increases for defense and homeland security, the extension of more than $1 trillion in tax cuts and what aides described as belt-tightening in social programs and entitlements.

But it does not acknowledge the full price tag of all of Bush's goals, such as the continuing cost of the war in Iraq or fixing a quirk of the tax code that snags a growing segment of the American middle class each year.

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