Nightly News   |  February 16, 2010

Obama to appoint deficit panel

President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order Thursday setting up a bipartisan commission charged with finding ways to cut the massive budget deficit. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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>> thompson, nbc news, new york.

>>> the president will take on another tough subject on thursday. the massive budget deficit . he will sign an executive order setting up a bipartisan commission charged with finding ways to cut it. erskine boles of north carolina who was president clinton 's chief of staff and former wyoming republican schnoor alan simpson will lead that effort. our huge national debt is