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This is what we in the business call ~making it a later problem~: 

House Democrats just released a bill to extend federal government funding from Oct. 1 through Dec. 3, punting the spending fight until the holidays. 

^ And on the debt ceiling: The bill would suspend the debt limit until 2022. 

What now?: The bill is expected to hit the House floor today where it is expected to easily pass.

The hard part: The bill doesn’t appear to have the votes in the Senate. At least 10 Republican votes are needed to pass it. 

How Democrats are trying to make the ‘no’ vote harder for Republicans: “The bill also includes $28.6 billion to address recent natural disasters, including for Hurricane Ida, which recently ravaged the South and the East Coast.” 

That’s a tough ‘no’ vote for lawmakers in those districts.  

Read the text of the bill

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Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Al. 


Good morning, today is the day




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Hey, the UN General Assembly is trendy now! Policy peeps, this is your TIME:

Via The Washington Post’s Michelle Ye Hee Lee, “More than 1 million people tuned in to what felt like the hottest event on the Internet on Monday: A speech at the United Nations General Assembly meeting — that is, a speech by the K-pop superstar boy band BTS.” 

Is It AlWaYs ThIS pOpUlAr?!: “The U.N. General Assembly meeting is typically attended by policymakers and politicians and is not generally known for attracting widespread interest.” 

What happened: “Legions of BTS fans, a hyper-organized online community that can mobilize in an instant, flooded the United Nations’ official YouTube channel Monday with their signature purple heart emoji, along with tons of crying emoji, thumbs-up emoji and every other heart emoji available — as the band’s members promoted their generation and encouraged the use of vaccines.” 

^ That’s a pretty good message, tbh. 

Here’s the livestream — the comment section is pretty funny for a U.N. stream

THIS MORNING — President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE SPOKE DURING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

Biden’s theme: “to rally nations behind confronting urgent global challenges like the coronavirus pandemic and climate change” 

Breakdown from The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Alex Gangitano


Another round of J&J, on the house!:

Via The New York Times’s Carl Zimmer, “A second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine substantially increased its protection against Covid-19, the company announced Tuesday morning.”

Details: “In a clinical trial, researchers found that two doses of the vaccine delivered 94 percent efficacy against mild to severe Covid-19 in the United States, up from 74 percent conferred with a single shot, the company reported. And two shots showed 100 percent efficacy against severe disease, although that estimate had a wide range of uncertainty.” 

What now?: The data has been sent to the Food and Drug Administration for review.


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 42,294,019 

U.S. death toll: 676,347 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 386 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 774,627 doses

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million. 

Breakdown of the numbers:


Please take one — and view my six-point plan to take over the world.:

Via CNN’s Jamie Gangel and Jeremy HerbPresident TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE’s lawyer John Eastman gave then-Vice President Pence a six-point plan for how to overturn the 2020 presidential election for Trump, according to a memo obtained by veteran journalist Bob Woodward and The Washington Post’s Robert Costa in their new book, “Peril.”

Read the two-page memo from Trump’s lawyer 

Tidbit — Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeCawthorn, Lee introduce bills banning interstate travel vaccine mandate Retreating economy creates new hurdle for Democrats in 2022 McConnell vows GOP won't help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer 'tantrum' MORE (R-Utah) saw the memo: “[The book ‘Peril’] details how Eastman's memo was sent to GOP Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and how Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani tried to convince fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina of election fraud. But both Lee and Graham scoffed at the arguments and found they had no merit.”


Vox’s Ian Millhiser tweeted, “So, funny story. The first time that I ever heard of Kyrsten Sinema was when I saw her utterly destroy John Eastman at a hearing on birthright citizenship when she was still a state senator.”


Nearly 6 in 10 Republicans polled said they would vote for former President Trump in 2024 if he is on the ballot, according to a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey released exclusively to The Hill. 

Any other clear favorites? Nope.: “Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Biden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll MORE notches a distant second place with 13 percent support among GOP voters, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a rising star in the Republican Party, scored only 9 percent … [F]ormer U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyObama looks to give new momentum to McAuliffe US rejoins UN Human Rights Council, reversing Trump exit Smarkets betting site makes Trump favorite in 2024 MORE and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate GOP campaign arm outraises Democratic counterpart in September House passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure Senators call for answers from US firm over reported use of forced Uyghur labor in China MORE (R-Fla.) are tied for fourth place, garnering 3 percent support each.”



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Onto Plans B through H:

Via The Hill’s Rafael Bernal, “Democrats and immigration advocates are ready to pitch a Plan B after the Senate parliamentarian spiked a Democratic proposal aimed at providing a pathway to citizenship for millions of people.” 

Dems’ backup plan: “At the top of the list is a congressional mandate for the executive to change the registry date for certain undocumented immigrants and beneficiaries of humanitarian parole programs, essentially implementing a statute of limitations for past unauthorized entries.” 

Another backup plan: “Another option would be a similar change to a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act known as 245(i), which allows a family member to petition to adjust the status of a relative.” 

What to expect


I had to do a double-take here:


Guantanamo Bay t-shirt


Agreed! I support every tweet on the matter.:


Duck ramps in D.C.



The House and Senate are in. President Biden is in New York, N.Y. ,and is heading back to Washington, D.C., soon. Vice President Harris is in Washington, D.C. 

9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris met with Melinda Gates to discuss the global COVID-19 response. 

11:10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris held a discussion on the “Build Back Better” agenda.  

11:30 a.m. EDT: A cloture vote in the Senate. Senators will then head to weekly caucus meetings. The Senate’s full agenda today 

Noon: President Biden participates in a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden leaves New York and flies back to Washington, D.C.

2:30 p.m. EDT: A judicial confirmation vote in the Senate if cloture is invoked.

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris meets with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

4 – 5:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

4:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden participates in a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the Oval Office.


10 a.m. EDT: President Biden delivered remarks before the U.S. General Assembly. Livestream 

3 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden remarks on Taiwan leave administration scrambling Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight MORE speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One. Livestream


Today is National Chai Day.

This tweet made me laugh:


Fun slogan on pizza box front


It has nearly 60,000 likes so far.

And because you made it this far, here’s another dog working on its drumming skills: