GOP weighs short-term debt limit hike

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 9:56 p.m. CDT; updated 11:50 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders are considering a short-term increase in the U.S. debt limit as a possible way to break the gridlock that threatens the nation with an unprecedented default in as little as a week, officials said Wednesday night.