The government runs out of money on Sept. 30. Sometime in mid-October, the national credit card bill comes due. In between, expect huge fights -- both between the parties and within the Republican party -- on Obamacare, the debt ceiling and the right way to fix the nation's economy.

In short: If you think the year to date has made Congress look bad, just wait.

Deadlines and showdowns won't make Capitol Hill a fun place to be this fall. (The Washington Post)