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Conrad: Politics set aside, a budget fix would be simple

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FARGO -- Retiring Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said he could fix the fiscal cliff in about 20 minutes.

"It's amazing at how easy it is to do, actually, if you have no one that you have to persuade but yourself," the retiring senator quipped in a Forum editorial board meeting Thursday.

Unless Congress and President Barack Obama act before Jan. 1, federal budget cuts and more than $500 billion in tax increases kick in, possibly hurling the U.S. back into recession.

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