Congress may be nearing a last-minute deal to avert default, but the budget standoff's effects already may be rippling across the economy. Thousands of federal employees and contractors have lost paychecks and looming cuts and businesses have been tightening their belts to prepare for the worst-case scenarios. We explore the what it means for the economic picture going forward.
Terry Lenzner is an investigative lawyer whose career extends from the "Mississippi Burning" trial of the Civil Rights era all the way to the Clinton impeachment scandal. He joins Kojo to reflect on his work both as a private and public investigator and to explore what he's learned about Washington, how it works and how it can be fixed.
Recent negotiations between congressional Republicans and Democrats can look like a reckless game of chicken, with both parties speeding toward a cliff and neither willing to give in. But as the deadline for Congress to raise the nation's debt ceiling draws closer, the two parties are signaling that they're willing to find a solution to the stalemate that has shutdown the Capitol. Kojo explores the science and strategy behind high-stakes negotiations and asks whether it is possible for a highly polarized Congress to find common ground.
The local Washington region continues to deal with the economic fallout from the federal shutdown. President Barack Obama nominated Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve. A new documentary on concussions casts harsh light on the National Football League. It's Your Turn to set the agenda.
American forces this weekend conducted raids in Libya and Somalia on targets affiliated with the terrorist group al-Qaeda. Join Kojo as he explores what the results of the operations say about America's shifting strategies against terrorism and the evolving nature of groups terrorist group around the world.