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A look at when the debt ceiling has been raised and who was president at the time.

Get ready for more jousting on a familiar front.

No. 1: John Boehner still has a lot of power.

  • Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan
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  • Oct 18, 2013
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Follow the leader? There isn't one.

"Catastrophe" is not too strong a word.

Short-term bills to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling may be Boehner's least painful path.

A majority of Republicans believe that breaching the debt ceiling wouldn't have major economic consequences.

  • Chris Cillizza and Sean Sullivan
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  • Oct 8, 2013
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Boehner has at least three crucial decisions to make heading into a pivotal weekend.

If lawmakers and the White House can reach an agreement to to raise the debt ceiling this fall, it will be the 40th time the limit was raised since 1980.

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