Wiretap: No deal, yet

We’re another step closer to default. The House wasted a day, unable to come up with a plan of its own, forcing the Senate to try to rescue what critics — from left and right — now call the House suicide caucus. What’s next? No one seems to know, but the cliff is still there for the jumping.

Reid and McConnell finalizing Senate deal. That accounts for one-half of Congress. Via Politico.

“Live blogs” seem kind of clunky-2007 in today’s Twitter-fied mediasphere, but Slate’s Shutdown Live Blog might be a thing to follow today.

Another day in the farce that is our House of Representatives. Via the New Yorker.

Once again it’s Boehner left holding the bomb. Via the National Review.

Why the House GOP can’t resist taking us to the brink. Three theories. Via Washington Monthly.

You think you’re nervous about default? Trying being China (with $1.3 trillion on the line). Via the New York Times.

Disclosure Days: Guess who’s spending a lot of money to defeat Front Range citizen initiatives aimed at preventing fracking within city limits? The Colorado Oil and Gas Association: Fort Collins, Boulder.

[ Captain America image via Digby. ]

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