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President Barack Obama, accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaking to reporters in the White House, as he hosted a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think jarring economic problems will erupt if lawmakers fail to increase the government’s borrowing limit. Yet they’re torn over how or even whether to raise it, leaning toward Republican demands that any boost be accompanied by spending cuts.

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