What we’re watching Tuesday

BY newsdesk  October 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM EDT

Good morning! From our coffees to yours, here’s what we are watching this a.m.

  • It is day 8 of the government shutdown.

  • The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in two cases: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, where the court will consider the constitutionality of aggregate limits on campaign contributions, and Burt v. Titlow, where the court will consider when the rights of a defendant are violated due to bad advice from his/her attorney.

  • In Libya, jihadists have called for the kidnapping of American citizens in Tripoli in retaliation for the capture of senior al-Qaida figure Abu Anas al-Liby. The Libyan government is also demanding an explanation for the U.S. raid that captured al-Liby.

  • The Nobel Prize in Physics was jointly awarded to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.”