Congress has ended the threat of a government shutdown until after the holidays. The Senate gave final approval to a temporary government funding package Wednesday night and sent it to President Joe Biden for his signature. The bill sets up a final confrontation on the government budget in the new year. The Senate worked into the night to pass the bill with days to spare before government funding expires Saturday. The spending package keeps government funding levels at current levels for roughly two more months while a long-term package is negotiated.
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A ballot measure in Ohio that would guarantee access to abortion rights is fueling misleading claims about how the proposal could influence abortion care, gender-related health care and parental consent in the state. The Associated Press spoke to medical and legal experts who explained what the proposed constitutional amendment would mean if it were to pass in November. Among other things, those experts evaluated misleading claims that the amendment is about gender-related care or parental consent, that it would lead to abortions “up to birth,” that it would enable abusers and that it would open the door to infanticide.
With more than a year until the 2024 presidential contest, the field of candidates is largely set. Former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have continued to dominate the early Republican race. But other GOP candidates, including former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, are looking for an opening in case Trump and DeSantis falter. Several GOP candidates have dropped from the race, the most prominent being former Vice President Mike Pence. President Joe Biden faces two Democratic challengers but is expected to secure his party’s nomination.
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Republicans have chosen Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana as their latest nominee for House speaker. This comes hours after another Republican nominee, Rep. Tom Emmer, abruptly withdrew his bid amid opposition from Donald Trump. Johnson is the fourth candidate Republicans have now nominated to replace Kevin McCarthy, who was ousted three weeks ago. Republicans are desperate to end the chaos and get back to work. Johnson had been the second-place vote getter in a morning round of voting. But it's unclear if any Republican nominee can unite the party's hardline and more traditional factions to win the gavel in a floor vote.
Donald Trump’s fixer-turned-foe Michael Cohen faced off with him at the former president’s civil fraud trial. Cohen testified Tuesday that he worked to boost Trump’s asset values on paper to whatever number Trump wanted. Trump’s lawyers — and Trump himself — are seeking to portray Cohen as a serial liar. While being cross-examined, Cohen, a disbarred attorney, even floated his own objections and responded to some queries with “asked and answered!” Cohen is a key witness in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit alleging that Trump and his company duped banks, insurers and others by giving them financial statements that inflated his wealth. Trump denies any wrongdoing.
Plea deals with Georgia prosecutors in the election subversion case against former President Donald Trump ensure the cooperation of three witnesses who could presumably offer insider accounts of the desperate scheming to help him remain in office. That's a boon for prosecutors striving to develop incriminating evidence against higher-profile targets. Even so, it’s hard to forecast how much the assistance from Kenneth Chesebro, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis heightens the legal peril for the Republican former president. Powell’s history of outlandish and ill-supported claims of fraud could open her to attacks on her credibility and a bruising cross-examination.
Donald Trump's lawyers are raising new challenges to the federal election subversion case against him in Washington. The Trump lawyers are telling a judge the indictment should be dismissed because it violates the Republican former president’s free speech rights and represents a vindictive prosecution. The motions were filed late Monday in the case charging Trump with plotting to overturn the results of the 2020 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. The new motions are on top of a pending argument by defense attorneys that Trump is immune from federal prosecution for actions taken within his official role as president. Prosecutors with special counsel Jack Smith's team have no comment.
Tennessee Republican leaders are escalating their calls to reject millions of federal dollars rather than comply with requirements over LGBTQ+ rights, abortion access and other hot-button issues. Already this year, the Volunteer State has rebuffed federal dollars designed to prevent and treat HIV and money that would help clinics serving low-income women. Now, GOP lawmakers are talking about cutting off nearly $1.8 billion in federal education dollars. While States declining to accept federal funding isn’t new, the spike in GOP state leaders willing to walk away from federal dollars over disagreements on LGBTQ+ rights, abortion and other hot button issues is a new development that some experts say is cause for concern.
Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has defended his sweeping COVID-19 pandemic restrictions while facing an onslaught of criticism from Republican challenger Daniel Cameron. The exchanges came during a high-stakes debate Monday night. It comes about two weeks before Kentucky’s closely watched gubernatorial election. The bitter rivals sparred over the economy, education policies, abortion and transgender issues. They were pressed to drill down on many of their policy positions. Some of their sharpest exchanges came when Beshear was asked to critique his policies during the height of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Cameron was pressed on what he would have done differently.
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South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott’s presidential campaign says the Republican is shifting staff and money from New Hampshire to Iowa in an effort to boost his standing in the leadoff caucus state with less than three months until the first votes of the 2024 election are cast. Scott plans to open a new state headquarters in suburban Des Moines and double his Iowa staff, though campaign aides did not say Monday how many people would be moving from New Hampshire. Scott’s campaign manager Jennifer DeCasper says “Tim Scott is all in on Iowa."
It’s Day 20 without a House speaker, and Republicans are starting over. They convened again Monday evening without any idea who will lead and when they will be able to get Congress back to work. Eight lower-level Republican lawmakers are now running to be speaker after Rep. Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania dropped out. None of those remaining has any clear shot for the gavel. Senior-most is Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota. He and others are reaching out to Donald Trump for backing. Party members heard from the candidates ahead of internal party voting, which is expected Tuesday.