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  •  I don't think they'll pursue that course (7+ / 0-)

    for several reasons. For one, it takes the heat off the Republicans for their irresponsible behavior if they can lay off the blame on the courts. Secondly, the markets will react negatively anyway to the uncertainty about whether this kind of move is legally valid. If you're going to see markets tank anyway, you might just as well let Republicans take the rap for it directly and immediately, don't muddy up the waters.

    And, thirdly, I think the legal argument isn't a very good one anyway using ordinary rules of statutory construction. A specific law like the debt ceiling would ordinarily trump the general spending bills.

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