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Tea Party 'holding US feet to fire'

The US is edging ever closer to economic catastrophe, as a vote on a hard-line Republican proposal is expected to take politicians no nearer to an agreement on raising the debt ceiling.

North America editor Mark Mardell examines the "ideological chasm" which is hindering economic progress.

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