bidens radical option to end the debt fight

In a high-stakes showdown this week, President Biden and the leaders of congress met face to face in an effort to avoid the United States defaulting on its debt for the first time ever.

Jim Tankersley, a White House correspondent for The Times, explains how close the country is to financial calamity, and the radical step Biden might take to avoid it.


Jim Tankersley, a White House correspondent for The New York Times.

The dome of the the U.S. Capitol in the evening.
If the federal government fails to reach a deal with Congress, the United States will face an economically devastating default on its debt.Kenny Holston/The New York Times

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Jim Tankersley contributed reporting.

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