Quick Glance: White House prepares for government shutdown as House Republicans lack a viable plan
- Speaker Kevin McCarthy announces that the House will start voting on the latest plan next week.
- The White House is preparing to direct federal agencies to get ready for a shutdown after House Republicans left without a realistic plan to fund the government and avoid disruptive consequences.
- A federal shutdown after September 30 appears likely unless Speaker Kevin McCarthy can convince his rebellious, right-wing faction to approve a temporary funding measure to prevent closures during ongoing talks.
- The standoff with House Republicans over government funding jeopardizes various activities, including military and law enforcement personnel pay, food safety and aid programs, air travel, and passport processing, potentially causing havoc in the US economy.
Quick Glance: Ken Paxton criticizes Biden administration and Texas House over impeachment
- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) criticizes the Biden administration and Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R) over his impeachment and trial.
- Paxton alleges that the impeachment was a way to get him 'out of the way' after he filed lawsuits against the administration.
- Paxton had been accused of misusing the powers of his office to aid a friend and campaign donor, but none of the articles of impeachment received the required votes to convict.
- While other Paxton allies have also criticized the Texas House for the impeachment, Phelan has stood by the effort.
Quick Glance: Five Indicators of Republican Electoral Setbacks
- Republicans have faced multiple electoral and legal defeats, raising concerns about their ability to regain the White House.
- A recent Harvard-Harris survey showed that Trump would have the support of 44 percent of Americans in a presidential election matchup against Biden, compared to just 40 percent for the incumbent. However, the GOP's national improvement has not translated into success at the state level, where the party suffered losses in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
- In August, Ohio voters rejected a Republican attempt to make it harder to protect abortion rights in the state constitution.
- In July, a court in New York ordered lawmakers to redraw electoral boundaries, which is expected to give Democrats an advantage in several more seats.
Quick Glance: US Senator Menendez Indicted for Bribery
- Indictment unsealed against chair of powerful foreign relations committee and his wife
- Menendez, Democratic senator from New Jersey, allegedly accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes
- He is accused of using his influence to benefit the Government of Egypt
- Further allegations include attempting to disrupt a criminal investigation
Quick Glance: Dallas Mayor Joins GOP, Criticizes Democratic Policies
- Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced his party switch and will now serve as a Republican-affiliated mayor in the blue-leaning city.
- In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, he criticized his former party for 'exacerbated crime and homelessness'. 'The future of America’s great urban centers depends on the willingness of the nation’s mayors to champion law and order and practice fiscal conservatism,' Johnson wrote.
- President Joe Biden won Dallas County by over 30 points in the 2020 election.
- The Texas Democratic Party issued a scathing statement, accusing Johnson of being dishonest with Dallas voters.
Quick Glance: Trump blames Biden's 'ridiculous all-electric car hoax' for UAW strike
- Former President Trump criticizes Biden administration's electric vehicle policy, claiming that the president's 'ridiculous all-electric car hoax' is responsible for the United Auto Workers strike against major automakers.
- Republicans attribute the strike to Biden administration's EV policy, stating that efforts to encourage electric vehicle production have displaced jobs from UAW strongholds in the Midwest and weakened the union.
- The UAW shares similar concerns, citing EV policy as the main reason for not endorsing Biden's reelection campaign yet.
- However, UAW President Shawn Fain stated that the union will never endorse Trump.
Quick Glance: The End of the Informal Dress Code: The New Casual Look of US Senators
- The supervisors in the US Senate are planning to eliminate the formal dress code.
- On the other hand, one senator is pleased with the change.
- The US Senate may become more casual in the future.
- A supporter of the new rules is Democratic Senator John Fetterman from Pennsylvania.
US House attempts long-shot strategy to avoid govt shutdown: Republicans have so far failed to advance legislation to keep the government running.
Quick Glance: Russell Brand addresses sexual assault allegations
- Brand denied the claims before they were published, emphasizing that his relationships were always consensual.
- In a three-minute video, the actor and comedian did not directly address the allegations but made statements about what he described as 'media corruption and censorship' and 'deep state and corporate collusion'.
- In an investigation by the Sunday Times, Times, and Channel 4, four women made allegations against Brand:
- One woman alleges that Brand raped her without a condom against a wall in his Los Angeles home. She says Brand tried to stop her from leaving until she told him she was going to the bathroom.
Quick Glance: India: Women's Reservation Bill Passed - Slow Progress Expected
- Indian Parliament approves bill reserving one-third of seats in lower house and state assemblies for women.
- Implementation will be delayed until after the next census and redrawing of constituency boundaries, which is expected to take several years.
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