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As we lurch ever closer to X-Date – the day when the US government can no longer use extraordinary measures with our money to avoid hitting the ridiculous debt ceiling now appears to be coming on June 1 — neither side is budging. It’s been a few years since we’ve dealt with this unnecessary crisis, but because the Democrats control the White House but the House is controlled by a magaT contingent intent on blowing up the nation, many of us have been getting a bit nervous.

Thankfully, The American Prospect today launched a new “X-Date: A Debt Ceiling Newsletter” in which they promise to bring us the latest status, news and information about the issue until there’s some resolution.
Today, I’m joined by Ryan Cooper, managing editor of TAP, who’ll give us a primer on the ridiculous obstacle and how we can get past it…