Start your day here: The latest on the debt limit, California's oil spill and more

Published October 6, 2021 at 8:17 AM EDT
Environmental crews wear PPE as they walk on the beach to clean up debris after an oil spill in the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Tuesday.
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Environmental crews wear PPE as they walk on the beach to clean up debris after an oil spill in the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Tuesday.

Good morning,

Here are the top stories we're watching today:

Debt ceiling standoff: Democrats are floating changes to Senate filibuster rules in order to raise the nation's debt limit without Republican support and avoid a consequential default. But the path ahead remains uncertain as both parties point fingers at each other for getting the country to this point.

Oil spill emergency: California has declared a state of emergency after this weekend's oil spill, which environmentalists warn could have disastrous long-term effects.

Best restaurants: Need a palate cleanser? The 2021 list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants has been released. Here are the U.S. restaurants that made the cut.

🎧 Also on Up First, our daily podcast, takeaways from the Facebook whistleblower's testimony in Congress.

— The Morning Edition live blog team

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