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Deficit panel members had moments of independence
Members of deficit panel had moments of independence, bipartisanship, offering hope of a deal
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Even lawmakers most loyal to their leaders and political party occasionally buck them with a flash of independence. That includes some of the six Republicans and six Democrats told to find another $1.5 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade.

Such moments offer a glimmer of hope that the deficit-reduction supercommittee members might forge a compromise.

Political science professor Ross Baker at Rutgers University says the dozen are hardly free spirits. But he also says none of them want to be associated with a train wreck.

Baker believes the committee could succeed. Failure, he says, would reflect badly on them all.

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