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It's Official: US Debt Finally Tops $20 Trillion, Jumps By $318 Billion In One Day

Following President Trump's sign off last Friday on a short-term debt-ceiling/government funding/hurricane aid deal (thanks to Democrats' votes), the US Treasury was finally freed from the shackles of the debt ceiling which it hit nearly one year ago  and which meant that US federal debt would be at roughly $19.808 trillion for months.

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House To Vote On Harvey Aid Bill Wednesday, Senate To Combine With Debt Limit Extension

Appending to an earlier announcement by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, according to whom the House would not add Harvey disaster funds to any debt ceiling bill, Dow Jones reports that Republican lawmakers are set to vote on the Harvey aid bill on Wednesday, and instead of raising the debt ceiling, they - or rather the Senate - will suspend it, likely kicking the can until some time in December when the whole farce would repeat itself again, although the exact length of the extension remains under discussion.

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In Early Concession, Trump Plans Meeting With GOP, Democrat Leaders

In what appears to be the first major concession to Congressional Republican (and Democrat) leaders from the confrontational, "post-Phoenix rally" Trump, whose vow to "build that Wall" even if it means shutting down the government has spooked markets and sent Oct 12 T-Bill yields surging, Politico reports that the president is quietly organizing a meeting with McConnell and Ryan as well as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shortly after the August recess ends. The key topics of conversation will be avoiding a federal default and a government shutdown.

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Connecticut Capital Hartford Downgraded To Junk By Moody's

Just two days after S&P downgraded Hartford to junk, Moody's has piled on, pushing the Connecticut State capital below investment-grade due to "the increased likelihood that the city will pursue debt restructurings to address its fiscal challenges."

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Pelosi Was Just Confused Last Week; She's Now In Favor Of "Clean Debt Ceiling Increase"

Last Friday at her weekly press briefing, Nancy Pelosi caught a lot of folks, including us, off-guard when she suggested that she had no intention of supporting a debt ceiling increase.  The comments led Bloomberg and others to speculate that Democrats were looking to somehow tie a debt ceiling vote to blocking the President's tax plan, presumably a non-starter for Republicans.

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