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The Associated Press . House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., appear at a news conference on the debt crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday,

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Late stab made at debt deal

WASHINGTON -- After weeks of intense partisanship, the White House and congressional leaders made a desperate, last-minute stab at compromise Saturday to avoid a government default threatened for early next week. ''There is very little time,'' declared President Barack Obama.

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