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THOUGHT YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW – AT 7:02 A.M. ET:  As you prepare for shopping, you might want to know how all those financial geniuses in Washington are doing.  From AP:

Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.

Total public debt subject to limit Nov. 20 16,253,547
Statutory debt limit 16,394,000
Total public debt outstanding Nov. 20 16,292,689
Operating balance Nov. 20 23,412
Interest fiscal year 2012 through October 24,637
Interest same period 2011 24,675
Deficit fiscal year 2012 through October 119,995
Deficit same period 2011 98,466
Receipts fiscal year 2012 through October 10,804
Receipts same period 2011 7,558
Outlays fiscal year 2012 through October 304,311
Outlays same period 2011 261,539
Gold assets in November 11,041

COMMENT:  Why do I think our readers will handle their affairs more responsibly?  Because they will.

November 23,  2012