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1. SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN

Watch your head with that low ceiling: We’re T-minus two days until we hit the debt ceiling, which means the U.S. is getting closer and closer to not being able to pay all its bills.

The Senate’s Democratic and Republican leaders say they’re optimistic we might actually avoid default and get out of the partial government shutdown in the coming days.

But the main sticking points come down to how long an agreement would fund the government (to end the shutdown) and how long to extend the debt limit.

 

2. AL LIBI IN NEW YORK

The long arm of the law: So a team of U.S. special operations forces swooped into Libya and nabbed a suspected al Qaeda operative accused in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

That made a lot of U.S. officials happy. But now, some are peeved that Abu Anas al Libi, who was held for days and interrogated aboard a Navy ship, is now in New York.

Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said it’s “unfortunate that al Libi is on American soil.”

“It shows the inherent flaws in the U.S. policy decision to try (terror suspects) in the U.S. because once you arrive on U.S. soil, that ends the interrogation of these high-value detainees,” he said, adding that would not have happened if al Libi had been sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and faced a military commission there.

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article courtesy of CNN.com

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