“These are short-lived treasures, and once they’re gone they’re gone forever; they’ll never be back,” says explorer Eddy Cartaya.
In a press conference that lasted more than an hour, President Obama said he was willing to talk about anything, as long as Republicans reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, even if its for a short period of time.
Senate Democrats might introduce a measure to raise the debt ceiling, even as the debate over a spending bill to restart the federal government drags on.
The second week of the shutdown is, so far, looking a lot like week one. Even so, here are a few data points that might be worth your attention:
Newly formed Tropical Storm Karen, which could reach hurricane strength by Friday, is expected to make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast sometime over the weekend.
To understand House Speaker John Boehner’s role in the government shutdown, you have to understand the 30 or so House Republican hard-liners and his relationship with them.
In addition to shutdowns of national parks (including Alcatraz Island and Yosemite) and the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children, the mandatory furloughs are affecting a wide range of government science and health agencies.
He said he will not negotiate with Republicans when it comes to a cornerstone of his health care law, and he will not negotiate when it comes to another congressional battle to raise the debt ceiling in a little more than two weeks.
We probably don’t need to tell you that it’s almost certain there will be a partial shutdown of the federal government just after midnight Monday.
Declaring that “human influence on the climate system is clear,” a U.N.-assembled panel of scientists reported Friday that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”