The debt ceiling clock is ticking, and Democrats and Republicans are still struggling to come up with a solution in Washington, D.C. If no deal is struck, the creditworthiness of the United States could be at stake. NPR's Scott Horsely talks with host Guy Raz from the White House.
Congress is scrambling for a deal Sunday for raising the debt ceiling. Economists warn that if no deal is struck, the U.S. economy could be hit hard. NPR's Andrea Seabrook talks with host Guy Raz from the Capitol.
From the Midwest to the Northeast, a brutal heat wave has pushed temperatures above 100 degrees in many areas this weekend. On Friday, more than 130 million people were living under a heat advisory. But while most people were moaning about the oppressive, humid heat, some were finding fun ways to stay cool.
While the U.S. seems to be walking into a sovereign debt crisis, European countries are trying desperately to avoid one.
"What we have is a bunch of really idiotic kabuki theater going on in Washington and a bunch of politicians playing around with a ridiculous debt ceiling which shouldn't exist in the first place," Reuters blogger Felix Salmon tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. "And that's pure politics. What we're seeing in Europe is real, undeniable economics."