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Lawmakers leave town without debt ceiling deal:
Though leaders have expressed tepid optimism, lawmakers have entered their Memorial Day weekend without reaching a deal to avoid a federal default.
The main negotiators will stay and talks will continue, but everyone else has been left free for the week (although they were told not to stray too far).
As it stands, Wednesday is probably the earliest the House can pass a deal based on House rules that require sufficient time for lawmakers to see the text of the legislation.
Then there’s the Senate to consider, where a single member could further delay the process. At least one: the senator mike lee (R-Utah) — You’ve already said you’re not afraid to be that person if the deal doesn’t include “substantial” reform measures.
The clock is ticking: Biden officials and other experts have predicted that the US has just one week until it can default on its debt. Meanwhile, the Treasury Department has already resorted to “extraordinary measures” to keep the government afloat, but available resources are rapidly depleting.
A favor before you go: Democratic leaders sent a reminder to House members to sign up for one-minute speeches before they leave for Memorial Day weekend to criticize Republicans for their approach to the debt debate.
POINTS OF CONFLICT:
By and large, negotiators have agreed that the big fight centers on non-defense spending limits: freeze spending at the current level, as the White House is pushing, or roll it back to the 2022 level, as the GOP prefers. of the camera. There is also an issue over whether to recover federal money not spent due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But but but: like the one on the hill tobias burns Another difficulty thrown into the mix is reportedly a Republican-backed effort to also cut IRS enforcement funds as part of the debt ceiling deal. Doing so would actually increase the national debt, according to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office.
The hills aris folley explores some options that Congress has in the coming days.
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~ Please wait ~ — DeSantis campaign is off to a rocky start:
To put it lightly, the Governor of Florida. ron desantis(R)’s highly anticipated campaign ad hit some hiccups on Wednesday night, largely due to a decision to eschew normal campaign ad tactics for a novel approach of conducting an audio-only interview on Twitter Spaces with the CEO of Twitter. Elon Musk.
People tuning in were left for several minutes in a dead space, if they could get in at all, while the transmission kept failing.
It’s raising questions about whether DeSantis’ team is ready for prime time and what the potential fallout will be, internally or for DeSantis’ polls.
Opponents taunt: If anything could bring ex president trump and President Biden on the same page, it was clearly going to be a bit of a DeSantis schadenfreude.
The rivals of 2020 and now 2024 did not disappoint on that front:
- As the DeSantis side struggled to overcome technical problems, Biden a simple “this link works” with a link to donate to his re-election campaign.
- Meanwhile, the Trump team unleashed a directed at his fledgling Republican rival.
Turn, turn, turn: The DeSantis team is playing the test as their big “breaking the internet” moment. As DeSantis described the technical difficulties in a fundraising speech after the event, “the internet broke down because a lot of people were excited to be in that Twitter space.”
DeSantis capped off the evening with a phone town hall and a call with reporters.
Next: DeSantis will hold a four-day campaign in 12 cities in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina next week, with an official campaign kickoff in Des Moines on Tuesday.
DeSantis and his allies are preparing for a major counteroffensive from Trump. The hills Max Greenwood has the story.
Democrats scoff at Marjorie Taylor Greene’s call for ‘decency’:
The bombastic Georgia Republican representative. marjorie taylor greene She may have gotten a taste of her own medicine this week when her fellow Democrats interrupted her.
When Greene, while presiding over the chamber, urged members to “execute the decorum of the House,” Democrats laughed.
will you remember: Greene conspicuously yelled “liar” during President Bidenof the State of the Union address and was recently rebuked for calling the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorcas a “liar” during a committee hearing. She has also been criticized for booing her fellow Democrats.
Some members, including Greene’s frequent enemies, the reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) and cory bush (D-Mo.) — stood up and yelled back at his request for “decency.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) even tweeted her response: “I haven’t laughed this hard in a while, but Marjorie Taylor Greene just called for ‘property’ in the House.”
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Watch the video of the exchange here via C-SPAN (around six minutes).
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Biden again urges police reform on the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd:
President Biden this morning marked the third anniversary of george floydThe murder of a Minneapolis police officer with another call for Congress to act on police reform.
“The injustice being displayed for the world to see sparked one of the largest civil rights movements in generations, with calls from all corners to recognize and address the challenges in our criminal justice system and in our institutions more broadly.” Biden said in a statement. .
Floyd, who was black, died after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for approximately nine minutes. A bystander’s video of the encounter sparked outrage and a wave of protests against police brutality.
Biden signed an executive order last year that banned chokeholds, restricted arrest warrants and created a federal police misconduct database, among other measures. But Congress failed to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in its entirety after a breakdown in bipartisan negotiations.
“I urge Congress to enact meaningful police reform and send it to my desk. I will sign it,” Biden said. (The hill)
The lead prosecutor in the Chauvin murder trial has written a book this week recounting the details of the case. (The Associated Press)
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Beware of robots: Survey finds that many view AI as a threat to humanity:
A majority of Americans in a new poll say they view artificial intelligence (AI) as a potential danger to humanity as the rapidly evolving technology attracts increased scrutiny.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found that 54 percent of respondents agreed that AI threatens humanity, while 31 percent responded that they think it will help humanity.
A similar Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week found that roughly 6 in 10 Americans viewed AI as a threat to humanity.
The wave of chatbots and imaging software has raised concerns about the rapid development of AI programs. Congress has become increasingly interested in the issue and how to regulate it. (The hill)
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‘George Santos is right’:
Rep. Jorge Santos, the New York Republican who has been caught up in a series of lies and has rejected repeated calls for his resignation, was roasted by “Jeopardy! Teacher Host Ken Jennings this week, when the serial fabulist appeared in one of the questions.
“I can’t say this much, but George Santos is right,” Jennings quipped. the game showa video of the sequence for those who missed the program on the air.
Trump recycles throwback slur for DeSantis:
president trump There was no shortage of insults for the governor of Florida. ron desantis as the one-time ally announced his run for the Republican nomination on Wednesday. But oddly enough, he seemed to recycle a nickname for a former Democratic candidate.
“Alfredo E. Neumann!” Trump posted on his Truth Social feed, calling out the same slut he previously deployed for Democrat Pete ButtigiegNow the Secretary of Transportation.
Buttigieg, 37 at the time,to Google the reference of the MAD magazine. “I guess it’s a generational thing,” he said.
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The House entered at 9 am and the Senate is outside. President Biden and vice president harris they are in DC
- 10 a.m.: President Biden received the Presidential Daily Report.
- 13:00: press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre inform reporters.
- 1:45 p.m. Biden announces his intention to nominate the general. Charles Q Brown Jr. to serve as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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Today is National Wine Day! Fun fact to point out at happy hours later today, while enjoying a nice glass of red or white.
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