5 ways this debt ceiling standoff could end

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from The Washington Post,

The government is on track to default for the first time ever. Here are the payments at risk.

Here are five scenarios for how this could end, ranked from least to most likely.

5. The U.S. defaults on its loans

4. Washington just gets rid of the debt ceiling

3. Democrats fold — but there’s not enough time to avoid a partial default

2. Republicans fold and vote for a debt ceiling suspension

1. Democrats raise the debt ceiling on their own with enough time to spare

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