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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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A top conservative economist said Tuesday that a default "wouldn't happen" if the federal debt limit were breached, joining a chorus of conservative voices who are downplaying the consequences of a government default.

"I think it's a non-issue. I think it wouldn't happen," Martin Feldstein, a Harvard University economics professor and former chief economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan, told Charlie Rose on Bloomberg TV. "I think default as such is a scare tactic."

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The next move for House Republicans in the government shutdown/debt ceiling fight is asking for a bicameral, bipartisan committee to hash out a deal to raise the debt ceiling, in exchange for spending reforms. A similar group created by the 2011 Budget Control Act failed to craft a long-term deficit reduction deal that both sides found desirable.

So think of this as a zombie supercommittee.

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The United States will reach its federal debt ceiling in T-minus 10 days, and it's looking increasingly plausible that we might blow through it.

Economists of every stripe agree that a U.S. default would be economically catastrophic. But there is a subsection of Republicans -- present in past debt limit debates and reappearing over the last few weeks -- who say that hitting the ceiling isn't a big deal. They aren't just making these pronouncements to reporters, though: according to Roll Call, Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA) told Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in a closed-door meeting that he could avoid default even if the debt limit is breached.

Here are eight other GOPers who have made their position public:

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With the American public largely blaming the House GOP for closing the federal government, they're looking for politically expedient programs to fund -- often programs they've criticized in the past -- to try to shift the shutdown heat to Democrats.

That's the cognitive dissonance of the House GOP's shutdown plan. The party of small government has now suddenly found a broad slate of government programs that it wants to fund.

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The Hail Mary strategy proposed by Democrats late last week to end the government shutdown is predicated on one small miracle: moderate Republicans defying their leadership to bring a clean spending bill to the House floor.

But even if the strategy ultimately fails, which now seems likely, Democrats still see it as an opportunity to call out those supposed moderates -- the Peter Kings and Charlie Dents -- who have talked a big game about ending the shutdown, but failed to follow through when presented a procedural path to do it.

"This is a way to smoke out people who say they want to keep the government open right now," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), one of the plan's architects, told TPM in an interview Monday. "This is an opportunity for them to put their signatures where their mouths are."

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said again on the Senate floor Saturday that Speaker John Boehner must bring the Senate spending bill up for a vote, asserting that Boehner told Reid it was the bill he wanted.

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