House Republicans have cast doubt on a bipartisan Senate plan for reopening the government and raising the debt limit by Thursday. Will business as usual become a thing of the past in Washington?
Also, a new proposal from House Republicans may jeopardize the hope for a compromise, and the Supreme Court reevaluates affirmative action.
Banner image: An empty speaker's lectern is seen in the rain outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 10, 2013. U.S. House of Representatives Republicans are weighing a short-term debt limit increase with no added policy changes, such as deficit-reduction requirements, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst