An Apple logo displayed in the southern German city of Munich.
As of Wednesday, the Treasury reported it had $73.768 billion cash on hand. What the Obama administration has been saying is that that number will dwindle to a point where the U.S. will not be able to pay its financial obligations, unless it's allowed to borrow more money.
In a few years, Tim Minchin has gone from an outsider to a bankable star.
Tim Minchin is a tough act to explain. He's a musician, a satirist and a comedian; a frustrated rocker, an accomplished composer and an outspoken skeptic; a man who loves children as much as he does expletives.
With Republicans so divided on the debt-ceiling plan, the issue could be a major fault line in the 2012 presidential race. Only two contenders currently serve in Congress, but NPR took a look at how they all might vote on House Speaker John Boehner's bill: