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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) speaks to the media while flanked by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (R) and U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) folowing a House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol, October 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.
At this moment, lawmakers in Washington are reportedly close to making a deal to end the government shutdown.
At issue for the congressional Republicans at the center of this battle, is their determination to de-fund the Affordable Care Act. If no agreement is reached, the country will tomorrow default on $11 billion in debt, possibly sending the country and the world into economic chaos.
In today's New York Times, reporter Damien Cave took a global view on the crisis. He joins the show from Mexico City with more.