What’s going on right now?

 Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are trying to find a way to reopen the government – which has been partially shut down for two weeks – and avoid breaching a Thursday deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling. But they haven’t found one yet.

What are they fighting over?

At a basic level, they are just trying to find a way for the government to open and to raise the debt ceiling. To do so, Republicans say they need something to save face. Democrats don’t want to make it seem like they are giving in too much.