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GOP Caves on Debt Ceiling

Updated 5:33 pm ET

In a victory for President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner this evening is moving a “clean” increase the debt limit, failing to tie it to any spending cuts, changes in Obamacare or any of the other ideas previously backed or considered by Republicans.

Republican leaders expect the measure to pass with Democratic and some Republican support. They most recently had considered tying to the debt limit a restoration of military pension benefits that had been cut, but they abandoned the idea this morning.

Obama had vowed not to negotiate on the debt limit. His strategy succeeded.

The House Wednesday will depart for a two week recess.

UPDATE: The bill, which lifts the ceiling for a year, passed 221-201, with a few Republicans joining nearly all Democrats.

Video || Fireworks in the Briefing Room!

Yeah, it happens.

Ed Henry of Fox News, one of the few White House reporters – actually just about the only one – who makes it his regular duty to awaken snoozing C-Span viewers with some cross examination in the Briefing Room, wondered Thursday whether the White House was sticking to a story on the debt ceiling the Washington Post had proved false.

Well, it was sticking to it.

Two days ago, Obama said:

You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt being used to extort a president or a governing party and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and nothing to do with the debt.

The Washington Post said presidents had been “extorted” many times by lawmakers attaching extraneous items to debt ceiling increases, including campaign finance measures Democrats led by Sens. Edward Kennedy and Walter Mondale sought in 1973 as Watergate took hold.

Carney maintained that the president was accurate, but note how Carney’s statement differs from the presidents:

There is no question that prior to 2011, there has never been a case where one party with one ideological agenda has threatened to default on the United States obligations for the first time in its –

Now we’re talking about one party with one ideological agenda.

Let’s go to the videotape. Notice how Carney, who is challenged far less than other press secretaries I’ve witnessed, doesn’t deal with it very well in this case.

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