Government shutdown week two!
No signs of progress in finding a resolution to the shutdown. Speaker of the House John Boehner and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew hit the Sunday shows and traded blame for the closure of parts of the government. It looks like there is no deal to fund the government..
Boehner says he doesn't even have the votes to put forward a clean CR or continuing resolution. Democrats say he could pass it with Dem votes (a move Boehner is loathe to try)
Perhaps worse, both sides are now digging in on raising the debt limit.. The government is expected to hit the debt limit in the next few weeks.. putting the prospect of a U.S. default in the distinct realm of possibilities.
Boehner on ABC's "This Week" said "We're not going to pass a clean debt limit increase. We're not going down that path. My goal here is to have a serious conversation about those things that are driving the deficit and driving the debt up. And the President's refusal to sit down and have a conversation about this is putting our nation at risk of default."
On CNN's State of the Union, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said, "We've never gotten to the point where the U.S. government has operated without the ability to borrow. It's very dangerous. It's reckless because the reality is, there are no good choices if we run out of borrowing capacity and we run out of cash. It will mean that the United States, for the first time since 1789, would be not paying its bills, hurting the full faith and credit, because of a political decision."
The House and Senate are back in session today. We'll see what happens! Peter Doocy and Mike Emanuel reporting.
Wendell Goler covers the White House where there's not much on the agenda.
Despite shutdown, Supreme Court back in session for the year.. big cases to be considered. Shannon Bream on it.
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia (remember this is where President Obama was scheduled, but cancelled because of the shutdown.) Kerry is downplaying the shutdown to key U.S. allies in Asia.
Kerry also commented on two dramatic anti-terror raids conducted by the U.S. over the weekend. Kerry said complaints about a U.S. operation in Libya that captured a suspect in the 1998 African embassy bombings are unfounded. He called the Libya raid and capture of Abu Anas al Libi legal and appropriate.
Al Libi was one of the most-wanted terrorists. He is reportedly being interrogated while in military custody on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea. It is thought he will be brought to New York City for federal prosecution. Interesting battle could be on the way over that.
Meantime, the U.S. is reportedly still digesting the outcome of another military action in Somalia.
In Somalia, U.S. forces reportedly came ashore and hit a town that is known as a hotbed of terrorists. The target was apparently Ikrima.. a man with ties to attacks on U.S. interests in the region and a leader of Shabab in Somalia. That ‘s the group behind the Kenya mall attack. (Meantime, did you see that only four to six terrorists were behind the Kenya attack?!)
Jennifer Griffin reports.
Lots of other headlines:
Rollout of Obamcare exchange continue to be plagued with glitches and bugs.
William La Jeunesses on a Fast and Furious whistleblower.
Blizzard in South Dakota.
Wildfire near Camp Pendleton, CA forcing evacuations.
Indy 500 crash leads to injury.
Out of control monster truck in Mexico kills eight.
Progress in Syria! U.N. now destroying chemical weapons.
50 killed in Egyptian street violence.
Fox's new primetime lineup launches tonight!
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- Clint Henderson