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Boehner: GOP, Obama still far apart on debt deal

From NBC's Shawna Thomas
Yesterday, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) seemed positive about a debt ceiling deal when he briefed his GOP colleagues at their weekly closed conference meeting.  But this morning, speaking in front of reporters, the Speaker said he and the President were far apart from a deal and had hand gestures to show just how far apart they were.  (About two feet, in case you were wondering.)

With the backdrop of a disappointing jobs report Boehner said, "I think the situation that we face is pretty urgent. Matter fact, I think I would describe it as dire."  But in what seems to be a change from previous statements, Boehner agreed with the President and the Treasury Secretary that August 2nd is a definitive deadline. "While some think that we can go past August 2nd. I frankly think it puts us in an awful lot of jeopardy and puts our economy in jeopardy risking even more jobs," the Speaker said.

But the Speaker was his usual close-lipped self on details of where a deal lines in the space between him and the President. "There's a lot of conversations continuing."  The Speaker continued, "In all honesty I don't think things have narrowed.  I don’t think this problem has narrowed at all in the last several days."