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House passes bill to defuse debt crisis

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio,

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Retreating with a purpose, Republicans sped legislation through the House on Wednesday to avert the imminent threat of a government default but pointing the way to a springtime budget struggle with President Barack Obama over Medicare, farm subsidies and other benefit programs.
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