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House raises debt ceiling after Boehner admits defeat

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Still, the move will be considered a victory in the Obama White House. The president has insisted often that he only supports “clean” spending limit increases.

“I hope the tactic of threatening default for budget debates is over, off the table and never to happen again,” Gene Sperling, the director of the White House National Economic Council, said during a reporter breakfast on Tuesday.

Underscoring the wackiness of the day, Boehner entered his midday press conference claiming he was “happy, happy, happy.” Then he left the conference singing and whistling “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” the popular Disney song. 

Listen to Nick Eicher’s report on the House vote on The World and Everything in It:

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.

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