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US Debt Crisis: Getting Started

This guide offers an introduction to the issues, a selection of key sources, and current articles on unfolding events related to the debate about the debt ceiling.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Public Debt

How Does the U.S. Debt Ceiling Work and Why Does It Matter?

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june11/debtceiling_05-16.html

Video with transcript from PBS NewsHour from May 16, 2011 with a good summation of the situation

The Debt to the Penny and Who Holds It

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

This site offers an up to date total of the US national debt, and historical data (1997 - present).

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