Deficit talks – A fourth straight day of talks intended to head off a possible government default ended on a tense note Wednesday, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor saying President Barack Obama cut him off by saying, "I'll see you tomorrow," before walking out. The exchange concluded almost two hours of talks that failed to achieve a breakthrough. Another session – the fifth in five days – was set for Thursday, participants said.
Betty Ford funeral – After a public viewing at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, a procession will travel to Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where a national tribute service will be held for former first lady Betty Ford. Lynne Cheney is expected to give the eulogy. In attendance will be former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (who also served in the Ford administration). After the church service, the family will return to the grounds of the museum, also in Grand Rapids, where the private interment will take place.
Roger Clemens trial – Prosecutors in Roger Clemens' perjury trial are wasting no time telling the jury what they plan to show them. During opening statements, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Durham said the prosecution plans to introduce physical evidence in the form of needles and used cotton swabs – items they say contain the former baseball star's DNA as well as residue from anabolic steroids.
Clemens is facing charges of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of Congress about his alleged use of steroids and human growth hormone. The former all-star pitcher testified under oath before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2008 that he never used illegal performance-enhancing substances during his career.
New U.N. member – South Sudan becomes the 193rd member of the United Nations on Thursday. Its flag is expected to be hoisted after a vote in the U.N. General Assembly.
British Open – The 140th Open Championship, or simply The Open, is the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf. It is the only "major" held outside the United States. This year it returns to Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent.