While most Wall Street analysts expect the usual last-minute budget deals by the politicians to avoid the shutdown and debt default, the closer the deadlines loom, the more investors worry.
Some Iranians woke up disappointed as their hopes of a historic meeting between the country's new President Hassan Rouhani and President Barack Obama dashed, while others maintained their distrust of America.
Party loyalists applauded. Investors blanched. Shares of British electric utility companies fell sharply a day after the head of the opposition Labour party, Ed Miliband, vowed that if his party won the 2015 elections the government would ?freeze gas and electric prices until the start of 2017.?
Hassan Rouhani's decision not to meet President Obama reflects the razor's edge he walks at home, between skeptical hard-liners and citizens who want to end Iran's isolation.