What we’re watching Tuesday


Good morning. As the shutdown enters its 15th day, these are some of the stories we’re keeping an eye on.

The Senate’s deal to end the shutdown, House GOP’s latest response

Senate leaders said Monday that a deal was emerging to reopen the government and raise the debt limit. The Washington Post reports that the agreement would extend the nation’s borrowing authority until Feb. 7 and fund the government until Jan. 15. The Associated Press reports that House Republicans are expected to push a separate bill to reopen the government and raise the debt limit.

For Monday’s broadcast, PBS NewsHour examined the impacts of the shutdown being felt across the country. OETA’s Bob Sands reported how the shutdown affected central Oklahoma from the 40,000 furloughed federal employees to the non-profit organizations that rely on government-funded programs.

The NewsHour also talked to three other public media reporters from Virginia, Ohio and California on the shutdown’s effects on tourism, the military and a civil rights investigation.

AP reports that the oft-repeated claim — that the U.S. has never defaulted — by President Obama, congressional leaders and certain members of the media is not true. The government has defaulted twice before, once, during the War of 1812, and in 1979 because of a paperwork glitch.

Former Army Capt. William Swenson to receive Medal of Honor

For his actions in a 2009 Afghan battle, President Obama will award Swenson with the nation’s highest military honor at a White House ceremony at 2:10 p.m. ET. He will become the sixth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for risking his life to retrieve the bodies of his fellow soldiers and evacuate the wounded.

The Washington Post captured Swenson’s account of the Battle of Ganjgal.