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Kevin McCarthy

GOP debt plan advances, then dies

With last-minute support from Maryland's Republicans, the House of Representatives narrowly approved a bill Friday to raise the nation's debt ceiling, but the high-stakes hunt for a bipartisan plan that could pass both chambers of Congress was set to continue into the weekend. With just days remaining before Tuesday's deadline to raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit, the deficit-reduction plan championed by House Speaker John Boehner advanced with only Republican votes — and was quickly rebuffed by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Despite the continued political brinkmanship, there were signs that a path to ending the impasse was emerging. "I still believe...