The numbers for Wednesday, October 2, 2013: We've reached our limit

$16.7 trillion

The amount our national debt ceiling limit is currently set at. That’s how much money the U.S. Treasury Department can legally borrow to pay its bills. Congress has until October 17 to increase it or risk a potential economic disaster. But who does the U.S. actually owe the $16.7 trillion to? So yeah, don't forget to worry about the debt ceiling while you're worrying about the government shutdown. (Marketplace)

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The number of top investors at Microsoft who now want to see chairman and founder Bill Gates to step down, according to a new report. The investors argue that Gates' iconic presence on the board of directors would deter a more risk-taking person from stepping in as CEO Steve Ballmer's successor, once he retires within the year. (Reuters)

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