Preventing a Shutdown

December 11th is deadline day.. to fund the federal government.

Congress is back in session today.. with an ambitious agenda to get done before the end of the year.. The lame duck Congress needs to pass legislation to keep the government running into the new year, approve defense policy, fund the fight against ISIS and Ebola and renew bans on taxes on the internet and fund the government's terrorism risk insurance program.

Some lawmakers want the government shut down over the President's sweeping executive orders on immigration. Stay tuned.

There is also new reporting on what into the President's decision on immigration. We'll explore with our political panel in the 1pm hour.

Meantime, the L.A. Times suggests President Obama could lose the support of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts over immigration. And it could have a major impact on the President's signature achievement - the Affordable Care Act. Here's how the L.A. Times put it:

Two years ago, the chief justice surprised many by joining liberals on the court to uphold the constitutionality of Obama's Affordable Care Act. And he probably holds the deciding vote in a second legal challenge to the healthcare law -- one that seeks to eliminate government insurance subsidies to low- and middle-income enrollees in two-thirds of the nation. But Roberts, an appointee of President George W. Bush, has shown an increasing skepticism toward what conservatives call Obama's tendency to overreach.

President Obama holding meetings at the White House on Ferguson after violent protests last week. A grand jury refused to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Wilson has resigned from the police force saying his presence was endangering other officers. There were scattered protests over the weekend. We are awaiting potential mass protests across Missouri as activists have urged people to walk off jobs and out of classes at 1pm ET today.

Twin bombings in Nigeria today thought to be the work of terror group Boko Haram. Last week similar attacks in the same spot killed 70.

An Egyptian terror group that pledges allegiance to ISIS has claimed responsibility for the murder of an American oil worker in Egypt.

More protests today in Hong Kong. Protesters upset over China's crackdown on democracy in the city state. 40 arrested. ‘

The U.N. climate change conference begins today in Lima, Peru.

Thanksgiving weekend sales disappoint. Sales down 11% year over year. Today is cyber Monday.. so we'll look for other signs of consumer's willingness today spend.

Oil prices down to their lowest level in five years.. under $65 a barrel. That should lift consumer spending.

Girl Scout cookies going online! The scouts will sell for the first time on the internet come January.

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-Clint Henderson

Clint Henderson is the Executive Producer for “Happening Now” and an avid traveler. Follow his adventures on Twitter, ClintPHenderson, and Instagram, clintpage1.