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.