House Websites, Phones Crash

Many economists warn that failure to raise the debt ceiling could cause an economic crash, but the frantic negotiation over it has already caused another crash—of Congress’s websites and phones. After President Obama told Americans in a speech Monday night that they should call their representatives, calls and website visits have deluged House systems and overwhelmed them. Calls to House numbers are sometimes producing busy signals, and the websites of some congressional leaders on both sides are failing to load.