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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi says she supports the Trump administration’s request to increase the government’s borrowing limit.

The increase was requested by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in two letters to Congress earlier this month.

Pelosi said she and fellow Democrats would support increasing the debt ceiling so long as it would be a “clean” increase that would be free of GOP add-ons.

Treasury reset the debt ceiling at $19.8 trillion this month and Mnuchin has begun employing accounting gimmicks to permit the government to avoid defaulting on obligations such as interest payments, Social Security benefits and other payments.

The government has never defaulted on the debt and policymakers and investors say any default could cause severe consequences for the economy.

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During a hearing on Thursday for the Senate Intelligence Committee's probe into Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) called on the panel to investigate the finances of President Donald Trump and his associates.

Wyden said that a "key to a successful investigation is following the money," specifying that the probe should look into entities associated with the Trump Organization.

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Tierney Sneed contributed reporting.

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Hyper-partisanship has at least one vocal supporter in the 115th Congress: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

In an interview with “CBS This Morning”’s Norah O’Donnell that aired Thursday, Ryan said that if Republicans don’t work with Trump on health care, “he’ll just go work with Democrats to try and change Obamacare, and that’s hardly a conservative thing.”

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