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Difficult Choices on Debt if the U.S. Hits the Ceiling
January 18, 2013, 09:39:38 AM
By mid-February or early March, the United States could face an unprecedented default unless it raises its debt ceiling, the Treasury Department said this week.

Some legislators have theorized that a quick breach in the debt ceiling might cause only a minor disruption to government finances. And some commentators have suggested that the United States could pass legislation to prioritize or guarantee payments to bondholders, thus erasing what they describe as the worst of the financial market reaction and removing the threat of technical default.

From nytimes.com: http://hcp.lv/10Ena22