Real Madrid advanced to the Liga ACB semi-finals on Sunday, after routing Herbalife Gran Canaria.The league’s most successful club with 31 titles are on track to continue their domination of Spanish bastketball’s domestic league, joining Barcelona (19 titles) in the semi-finals.Sergio Rodriguez (26 points) and Sergio Llull (22) helped power Real to a 93-86 game two win at Gran Canaria Arena, progressing from their best-of-three series 2-0.Gustavo Ayon (10 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double performance for the Spanish capital club, while Albert Oliver (18 points) top-scored for Gran Canaria.Real Madrid will play either Bilbao or Valencia in the final four, with that series set for a game three on Monday.The semi-finals and finals in the Spanish domestic basketball league are best-of-five-match series.
Surprise! The federal deficit now exceeds a trillion dollars.According to numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office, the deficit surpassed the trillion-dollar mark in the first eleven months of the current fiscal year.To put that in perspective, that’s about $181 billion more than last year’s number.The CBO estimates the actual deficit for the year will be around 960 billion once the U.S. Treasury collects quarterly tax payments for September.Right now this massive deficit is not sustainable according to economists.Congress headed back to Washington this week once again facing a government shutdown with little time to act.Lawmakers have only three weeks to stop federal funding from lapsing. Current appropriations run out at the end of September.Facing the risk of a shutdown that could upend federal workers’ lives and drag on the economy, the Democratic-held House will push to pass a short-term bill to keep the government running. The chamber will consider a so-called continuing resolution during the week of Sept. 16.