“Even by the notoriously fractious standards of Capitol Hill, the high-stakes game of brinkmanship playing out over the debt crisis has looked like a political system gone mad. … [I]nternational confidence in Americas ability to resolve its problems has fallen to an all-time low… Two centuries of accumulated advantage risk being squandered in a few months of political insanity.” - The Telegraph “[A]ppeals to common sense are of little use….” - The Guardian
What America is currently exhibiting is the worst kind of absurd theatrics and the whole world is being held hostage& Most importantly, the Republicans have turned a dispute over a technicality into a religious war, which no longer has any relation to a reasonable dispute between the elected government and the opposition.” - Bild
“The American politicians supposed to lead the most powerful nation in the world are becoming a laughing stock.” Le Monde
“[B]itterly partisan, if the U.S. debt situation is not solved we are all screwed there will be no winners and losers.” - Moscow Times
“[T]he ‘irresponsible’ brinksmanship in Washington risked ‘strangling the still fragile economic recovery of not only the United States but also the world as a whole.’ “ - via the New York Times
“An acrimonious stalemate, with both sides offering competing plans that are unlikely to win bipartisan support.” - Times of India
- Dylann Roof pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges in the Charleston church massacre.
- The World Health Organization says that an interim analysis of a potential Ebola vaccine shows "100% efficacy in individuals."
- Beijing won its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. It's the first city to host both the summer and winter games.