Happy Wednesday. Hours to debt Armageddon...or not.
And here's the thing: As the debate drags on, the government gets to find out what it's like to live only on the money it's got coming in, a surely novel concept. (Marc to Market)
The tea party, meanwhile, isn't making a lot of new friends. Even China is beating up the renegade faction. (Quartz)
Then there's ratings agency Fitch, which is more or less saying a pox on your House (and the Senate, too). (Wall Street Journal)
So if you want to know how everything has been affecting everything, here's the place to go. (The Big Picture)
—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.