The government is out with its annual forecast for the cost of heat. The feds say the cost of heating with natural gas is rising a bit after a few years of decline. The cost of heating oil is lower than last year, but even with those trends people who heat with gas will still enjoy an advantage.
Many U.S. companies were hoping President Obama would be able to push for more open trade in Asia. But because of the U.S. government shutdown, he was a no show at the Asia-Pacific summit in Indonesia. The budget crisis in Washington is distracting from other trade initiatives as well, analysts say.
Large foreign holders of U.S. debt warn Congress and President Obama to get their acts together... White House and Senate Democrats' unified message momentarily appeared less so... Senate Democrats are moving ahead with debt-ceiling legislation that Republicans may filibuster.
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