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Here Comes The Debt Ceiling...But Does That Mean?
Melissa Block talks with Tony Fratto, a partner with Hamilton Place Strategies and former Treasury spokesperson, about how the Treasury pays bills, why breaching the debt ceiling is problematic, and why the debt ceiling exists at all.
After Getting 'Plunked' On The Head, A Little Leaguer Makes A Comeback
A young baseball player who gets hit by a fastball must find the courage to step back up to the plate. Michael Northrop, the author of Plunked, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles — he's dyslexic, and he says that learning to read was a real struggle when he was a kid: "I can't read fast. I can read carefully, though."
Shutdown Imperils Costly Lab Mice, Years Of Research
A lack of funding to labs is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in scientific and medical research. The loss of specialty mice, many of which have genes that can cause them to develop versions of human diseases, is especially troubling to scientists — and expensive.
Record High Corn Prices Coming Back Down, With Mixed Effects
Corn prices have fallen from the record heights of 2011 and 2012. The cheaper corn is helping farmers who need to feed livestock, and it's already showing up in some consumer prices. For instance, Chipotle Mexican Grill, when it released earnings this summer, said it saw food prices stabilizing and it no longer expected to make previously announced price increases for the balance of the year. For grain farmers, though, the lower prices may spell the end of the good times.
House Republicans Move To Avert Debt Crisis...For A While
The 10-day-old government shut down and the need to raise the federal debt limit next week have been tied together as a single political crisis. But now, House Republicans seem ready to cleave the debt ceiling debate. Economists of all stripes say breaching the debt ceiling could be catastrophic, and on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner said he is prepared to support a bill to raise the debt ceiling for six weeks if the president will agree to negotiations on long-term deficit reduction. None of this has anything to do with the initial fight to repeal or delay the Affordable Care Act, but may be a start toward resolution.
GOP's Short-Term Debt Deal May Be Hard Sell For House Democrats
A possible deal is brewing between the White House and the GOP House leadership, but it's unclear if Congressional Democrats will go along with it. To find out, Robert Siegel talks to Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, to hear how the proposal to extend the debt ceiling deadline into late November is being received by his fellow party members.