China rails against U.S.

The New York Times reports China says the answer to a potential government default in the U.S. is creating a “de-Americanized world.”

Everyone takes Obama’s calls

In a local TV interview Tuesday, Obama said the coolest thing about being president is that everyone takes your calls: scientists, sports figures, writers, etc., Reuters reports

Investors unsure of default aftermath

Fortune magazine writes investors aren’t taking the threat of a default seriously enough. A former aide to former British prime minister said she was unsure how a default would unfold. 

No Iran bomb because of this woman

A social worker turned nuclear negotiator, Wendy Sherman, at the State Department is responsible for preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, Foreign Policy reports


House cancels vote on debt plan

The Hill’s Bernie Becker, Peter Schroeder and Russell Berman report House Republicans canceled a scheduled vote Tuesday night on a plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. 

Fight over birth control mandate not over

Conservative House lawmakers say they only want to fund the government through mid-December in order to force  a fight over the birth control mandate in ObamaCare, The Hill’s Elise Viebeck reports