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House approves debt bill

WASHINGTON — Riven by partisanship, the Republican-controlled House passed legislation Friday night to prevent a threatened government default and bundled it off to a swift and certain defeat in the Senate.

“We are almost out of time” for a compromise, warned President Barack Obama as U.S. financial markets trembled at the prospect of economic chaos next week.

The final outcome — with the White House and Senate Democrats calling for compromise while criticizing Republicans as Tuesday’s deadline drew near — was anything but certain.

The House vote was 218-210, almost entirely along party lines.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.