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  •  I disagree with that Carney's statements (1+ / 0-)
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    are "pure politics."

    Words spoken in these briefings are carefully vetted and discussed before the briefing.  Carney could have said, "the President won't put the country through a constitutional crisis when the solution is for Congress to do its job and raise the debt limit."  Instead, he made the unequivocal statement that  "this administration does not believe that the 14th Amendment gives the President the power to ignore the debt ceiling -- period."

    That kind of unequivocal statement was not off the cuff, or designed to reserve any wiggle room.  It was an unequivocal statement of how "this administration" interprets the Constitution, a statement authorized by the President through his press secretary.  I take the President at his word - he doesn't believe that the Constitution gives him the same authority that this diary argues it does.  

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