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White House edges away from short-term government shutdown fix

What a difference a day – and a poll that has terrible news for Republicans -- makes.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that President Barack Obama would probably embrace a short-term measure to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a devastating, first-of-its-kind default.

“If a clean debt limit bill is passed he would likely sign it,” he said at his daily briefing.

On Friday, having postponed his 1 p.m. eastern briefing to 4 p.m. (conveniently after markets closed for the weekend), Carney came out to give a few spare details about Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner discussing the ongoing standoff. But, when asked about a possible House GOP move to adopt a short-term fix, his tone had changed.