How President Obama could raise the debt ceiling — without Congress

The country will breach the debt ceiling in just eight days, and the two parties seem further apart than ever when it comes to negotiating a way out of this mess.

If Congress simply won't pass a debt-ceiling increase, there are a few options open to President Obama to take matters into his own hands.  He could (in theory):

1. Invoke the 14th Amendment

2. Mint a trillion-dollar coin

3. Try to prioritize which bills get paid when.

In this "In Play" clip, we explain each of the three options and why Obama won't use them.

If Congress refuses to act, President Obama has three last-minute options he could use to avoid a default on the nation's debt. (The Washington Post)

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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