A look at stories we're following right now.
- With no debt deal, Obama would face tough choices Aug. 3 about what bills to pay
- S&P warns lawmakers on debt limit downgrade
- Democrats bash Eric Cantor over debt talks
- Silver bullet? Reid and McConnell hatch back-up plan to avoid default
- Finger pointing follows tense debt negotiations
- The bain of Mitt Romney’s campaign
- Amid Minnesota shutdown crisis, Pawlenty faces scrutiny