After weeks of intense partisanship, the White House and congressional leaders made a desperate, last-minute stab at compromise Saturday to avoid the government default threatened for early next week. "There is very little time," declared President Obama.
Obama met with top Democrats at the White House and spoke by phone with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
"We're now fully engaged, the speaker and I, with the one person in America out of 307 million who can sign a bill into law," McConnell said.
You are the same person wherever you are, right? Well, Dr. Vlad Griskevicius might beg to differ. The professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota looked at how people's personal spending behavior varies from city to city.
U.S. officials are sounding increasingly frustrated that they and other big donors can't mount the kind of humanitarian operation that is needed in Somalia. Violence in Mogadishu this week is just the latest of their troubles.
Aid work is never easy, but the troubles add up quickly in a conflict zone like Somalia, says Assistant Secretary of State Eric Schwartz.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline hits at 4 p.m. Saturday. With little more than a third of the season remaining, some teams are looking for a last-minute roster boost. Others are looking just for a garage sale. Host Scott Simon talks sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine.
After several days of arm-twisting, the House on Friday approved a two-stage plan to raise the federal debt ceiling and make sharp cuts in federal spending. But the proposal was almost immediately rejected by the Senate, where Democrats introduced their own debt ceiling plan. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.
After an initial delay, the UN has begun airlifting emergency food relief supplies into Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Families fleeing hunger and conflict in other parts of the failed state continue to arrive there, seeking refuge and food. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.
For lawmakers in Washington, D.C., it's another working weekend as they try to come to a deal to raise the debt ceiling and prevent a government default next week. NPR's Scott Horsley brings us up to date on negotiations.
If Democrats and Republicans are unable to meet the Tuesday deadline for raising the debt ceiling, and the Treasury starts running short of money, the government will have to start making choices about which bills to pay. On the West Coast, as elsewhere in the country, taxpayers and state officials are considering what would happen if Social Security and medical benefits really stop.
Next week, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will welcome its newest inductees, and among them is the man who helped turn football into an art form and the NFL into the most watched pro sports league in the nation.
Theme music, images of Vince Lombardi's frozen breath as he calls out plays, Joe Namath raising his hand in victory after winning the Super Bowl — Ed Sabol's cinematic vision brought Hollywood to pro football and football to America's living rooms.
Every week it seems there are reports about U.S. drones — unmanned, remote-controlled aerial vehicles — tracking down suspected terrorists in remote, unreachable areas of Yemen, Somalia, Libya or Pakistan. Drone technology is becoming increasingly affordable and accessible, with new potential for everyday use in the United States — and new worries for national security.