Happy Tuesday. Autumn has returned to the Northeast, but still no signs of intelligent life in Washington.
Beware the Grand Bargain and all that it may entail. (Roll Call)
There is, however, a better way. (Business Insider)
When it comes to the looming debt ceiling battle, it's all about the Senate. (Townhall)
Even scientists get the blues: The shutdown is affecting some operations that you may have not considered. (Forbes)
Sometimes we need to get graphic around here: This chart will tell you all you need to know about the U.S. government's spending habits. (Political Line)
—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.