14. If there’s hope for the White House pitch, it would lie in the bipartisan group of senators who have been talking for weeks to Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and others in the administration about a budget pact. They’ve been backed by a potential push from big business groups that are historically allies of the GOP. But both parties’ leaders are focused for now on the crisis du jour — funding the government past Sept. 30.
Sen Mary Landrieu, D-La., poses for a selfie with LSU football fans as she campaigns at tailgate parties on the Louisiana State University campus before the LSU-Mississippi State game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Buy photo here.