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House passes bill to defuse debt crisis

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has passed a bill to permit the government to borrow enough money to avoid a first avoid default for at least four months, defusing a crisis looming next month and setting the stage for a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit. The House passed the measure by a 285-144 vote, a bipartisan showing on an initiative brought by majority Republicans. The...

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