Keep hope alive: Is there now a glimmer of hope in settling the weeklong government shutdown? Some on Capitol Hill think so. The White House offers a clue or two. No longer mum on a debt ceiling settlement, an administration spokesman says it’s up to Congress to decide how long to extend it. That means the White House has softened its stance. America’s line of credit runs out on October 17 and needs to be re-upped, or the U.S. won’t be able to pay its bills. Congress still needs to come up with a budget or some sort of short-term spending plan. Defunding Obamacare is the hangup.



Fight another day: U.S. Navy SEALs pulled out during a raid in Somalia over the weekend when it became clear that suspected Al-Shabaab leader Ikrima couldn’t be taken alive, a senior U.S. official tells CNN. SEAL Team Six – the same one that killed Osama bin Laden – found itself in a major firefight at Ikrima’s compound and risked civilian casualties if it continued the fight, the Pentagon says. The goals of the raid were capturing Ikrima and using him for intelligence information. A drone strike would have been a safer alternative if the U.S. had just wanted to kill him.

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