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President Biden in Howell, Michigan, on Tuesday. Photo: Elaine Cromie/Getty Images

President Biden told reporters Tuesday night that it's a "real possibility" Senate Democrats could change the chamber's filibuster rules to overcome Republican obstruction to raising the debt ceiling, per a pool report.

Why it matters: Overhauling the rules could help Democrats "stave off a potential, calamitous default roughly two weeks before a critical fiscal deadline," the Washington Post notes.

Yes, but: All Democratic senators would need to agree to loosen the "typical 60-vote threshold in a way some have been disinclined to do for months," WashPost notes.

Of note: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned the U.S. could face a recession if Congress fails to raise the borrowing limit by the Oct. 18 deadline.

  • Biden said Monday he couldn't guarantee that the U.S. wouldn't reach the debt ceiling as Republicans, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said they wouldn't support it because it would promote more government spending.

What they're saying: McConnell continued to push Tuesday for Democrats to use a budget process known as reconciliation to address the debt ceiling.

  • "They need to do this, they have the time to do it, and the sooner they get about it, the better," he said, per the New York Times.
  • One day after Biden urged Republicans to "stop playing Russian roulette with the U.S. economy," McConnell added that he was imploring Democrats "not to play Russian roulette with the American economy."

Go deeper: States can break filibusters easier than feds

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John Frank, author of Denver
Oct 14, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado redistricting gives Democrats edge in state Legislature

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Data: Colorado Sun; Colorado Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

The General Assembly appears poised to remain in Democratic hands for years to come.

Driving the news: The Colorado Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission created new state House and Senate districts this week that give the Democrats the easiest path to power, the Colorado Sun reports.

Justice Department asks Supreme Court to block Texas abortion ban

Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on Sept. 11 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality.

The big picture: The court last month allowed the ban to take effect, rejecting an emergency application by abortion-rights groups. The law bars the procedure after cardiac activity is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Updated 1 hour ago - Health

This arthritis drug cost $198 in 2008. Now it's more than $10,000

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

In 2008, a box of 30 anti-inflammatory rectal suppositories that treats arthritis, called Indocin, had a price tag of $198. As of Oct. 1, the price of that same box was 52 times higher, totaling $10,350.

Why it matters: As federal lawmakers continue to waver on drug price reforms, Indocin is another example of how nothing prevents drug companies from hiking prices at will and selling them within a broken supply chain.