The lion's death wasn't the only shocking poaching incident this week, as five elephants were slaughtered in Kenya.
Who will blink first? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he is crafting a deal that would cut spending by $2.7 trillion to make up for the $2.4 trillion increase in government borrowing.
Republicans say they doubt those cuts are achievable and House Speaker John Boehner favors a two-step process with $1.2 trillion in cuts and spending caps immediately and a $900 billion debt ceiling increase. That would be followed by the creation of a congressional committee that would find an additional $2 trillion in cuts through 2013.
If an agreement is not reached by Aug. 2, the U.S. won’t have cash to pay all its bills. Economic analysts say that could have a catastrophic impact on financial markets.