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Politics

A hint of assent on debt ceiling

Boehner reportedly open to raising limit on a bipartisan vote

WASHINGTON — As the Treasury Department warned that a government debt default could trigger the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression, the first cracks seemed to appear Thursday in House Republican resolve to use the debt limit as a political bargaining chip.

Word circulated on Capitol Hill that House Speaker John Boehner told some colleagues he may be willing to pass a measure raising the debt ceiling by using a coalition of Democrats and Republicans. Such a vote, which would avert a financial meltdown, could trigger an internecine fight over his speakership.

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