Sequestration: 6 ways the budget fight could end

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, file photo, the dome of the Capitol is reflected in a skylight of the Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington. By delaying hard choices on spending, the fiscal cliff deal guaranteed more confrontation and uncertainty this year, especially when Congress must vote later this winter to raise the government’s borrowing limit. That’s likely to keep businesses cautious about hiring and investing. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)


Sequestration: 6 ways the spending fight could end

It wasn't supposed to come to this.The automatic budget cuts known as sequestration that will likely go into effect Friday were designed as a threat to get Congress and the White House to come to a deal.It's unlikely that a last-minute compromise will come out of President Barack Obama's meeting with congressional leaders Friday, and what happens next is anybody's guess.Still, there are only a few ways this could play out. Here are the most likely scenarios.1. The public freaks …

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