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Those national debt clocks on Congressional websites are wrong

Eric Ostermeier discusses the difficulty of pinpointing the national debt.

Writing on the blog Smart Politics, University of Minnesota's Eric Ostermeier finds that national debt clocks on congressional websites are far from being in sync. He went through 56 senators' and representatives' websites on Sunday and found 16 different debt values. The discrepancy between the highest and lowest tallies was $758 billion (5 percent of the total debt by Ostermeier's estimate).

National Journal
March 12, 2013

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