Welcome to the Tuesday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day." Every weekday morning around 6, we'll hit the top five stories of the day, clue you in on a few other buzzy items, and let you know about some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN's morning show "New Day."
1. SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN
Watch your head with that low ceiling: We're T-minus two days until we hit the debt ceiling, which means the U.S. is getting closer and closer to not being able to pay all its bills.
The Senate's Democratic and Republican leaders say they're optimistic we might actually avoid default and get out of the partial government shutdown in the coming days.
But the main sticking points come down to how long an agreement would fund the government (to end the shutdown) and how long to extend the debt limit.
While plans for a deal are still squishy as a blobfish, Democratic sources say the latest plan involves:
- Funding the government through January 15, but requiring budget negotiators to come up with a funding deal in December;
- Increasing the debt ceiling through February 15;
- Adding a way to verify incomes for Obamacare subsidies;
- And Delaying Obamacare's "transitional reinsurance fee," which would cost employers about $65 per employee per year for three years.
(Yes, you read that right -- there may be a few Obamacare concessions.)
Now we'll wait and see what Senate Republicans think after they meet at 9 a.m. today. House Republicans will meet at the same time to figure out what they want to do.
And if everyone agrees, we may finally have fiscal kumbayah.
2. AL LIBI IN NEW YORK
The long arm of the law: So a team of U.S. special operations forces swooped into Libya and nabbed a suspected al Qaeda operative accused in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
That made a lot of U.S. officials happy. But now, some are peeved that Abu Anas al Libi, who was held for days and interrogated aboard a Navy ship, is now in New York.
Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said it's "unfortunate that al Libi is on American soil."
"It shows the inherent flaws in the U.S. policy decision to try (terror suspects) in the U.S. because once you arrive on U.S. soil, that ends the interrogation of these high-value detainees," he said, adding that would not have happened if al Libi had been sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and faced a military commission there.
But State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said last week that there was no chance that al Libi would end up at Guantanamo.
"The administration's position on Guantanamo is clear. Our goal is not to add to the population, it's to reduce it, which we've done," she said.
A U.S. official said al Libi received care at a medical facility in New York for a pre-existing medical condition and is "doing better."
Al Libi is expected to appear in a New York federal court Tuesday.
3. MISSOURI ALLEGED RAPE
Retaliation for rape claim? It's a horrible tale we've heard before -- a teen girl drinks too much in the company of an older boy, passes out and may have gotten raped.
But Daisy Coleman's story is different. Even though the 17-year-old boy she was with was arrested, the sexual assault charge against him was dropped. And his friend, who was charged with recording part of the incident on an iPhone, was also cleared.