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How the Obama-Boehner debt talks broke down

How the Obama-Boehner debt talks broke down

By Peter Nicholas
and Lisa Mascaro
McClatchy Newspapers

Published Jul 22, 2011 11:53PM MDT

Washington • President Barack Obama believed that a deal was in sight when he spoke to House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday afternoon to work through some sticking points in the tense negotiations over raising the nation’s debt ceiling. Would Boehner think it over and call back?
But the call never came. That in itself was unusual; Boehner always returned Obama’s calls, a White House aide said.
At 3:30 p.m. Friday, an ominous email came to the White House from Boehner’s office. Could the tw...

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