Unless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others broker a deal ... another shutdown looms. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Agencies are girding, our colleague Ed-O’Keefe re ports.

At least by now, they know the drill.

Elsewhere, Newt Gingrich often describes himself as a “historian,” but our colleagues over at the Fact Checker aren’t so sure the term applies to the former house speaker, who’s now a candidate for the GOP nomination. “He hasn’t worked in the field of history in about 33 years, and he never published a scholarly or peer-reviewed book, to the best of our knowledge,” writes Josh Hicks.

And our quote of the day: “Are you still awake?” — Former president George H.W. Bush, in a video roast of former national security adviser Brent Sowcroft. Sowcroft’s habit of falling asleep during meetings was the most-used joke during an evening devoted to honoring the veteran adviser, our colleagues at the Reliable Source report.