Anti-Brexit protestor outside of Westminster. Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The House of Commons on Monday rejected all 4 alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal for the second time.

Why it matters: The U.K. leaving the EU without a deal remains the default option on April 12. The majority of MPs don't want that to happen, but Parliament has still been unable to find common ground for an alternative solution.

The vote tally:

What's next: Nobody really knows. If Parliament doesn't pass a deal, the U.K. can avoid crashing out on April 12 by asking the EU for a long extension. This would force the country to participate in the European Parliament elections in May.

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Gulf Coast braces for Zeta after storm strengthens into hurricane

Hurricane Zeta's forecast path. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) declared a state of emergency Monday as Zeta strengthened into a hurricane and threatened Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as it moved towards the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The state of play: Zeta was expected to make landfall on the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula Monday night, bringing with it a "dangerous storm surge" and "heavy rainfall" as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Service said.

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Supreme Court rejects request to extend Wisconsin absentee ballot deadline

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The Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision Monday rejected an effort by Wisconsin Democrats and civil rights groups to extend the state's deadline for counting absentee ballots to six days after Election Day, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3.

Why it matters: All ballots must now be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in Wisconsin, a critical swing state in the presidential election.