The country will breach the debt ceiling in just eight days, and the two parties seem further apart than ever when it comes to negotiating a way out of this mess.
If Congress simply won't pass a debt-ceiling increase, there are a few options open to President Obama to take matters into his own hands. He could (in theory):
1. Invoke the 14th Amendment
2. Mint a trillion-dollar coin
3. Try to prioritize which bills get paid when.
In this "In Play" clip, we explain each of the three options and why Obama won't use them.