Former president Donald Trump put out a statement today commenting on how “everybody wants me on television” yet nobody wants to debate him on his false claims of election fraud during the 2020 presidential election.
“Think of it, zero takers for the so-called ‘ratings machine,” Trump said in the statement. “The reason is, they know they can’t win.”
Reminder that current democratically elected president Joe Biden, whose presidential victory during the 2020 election has been confirmed time and time again in court cases across the country, famously had to tell Trump, “Would you shut up, man?” during one of their debates.
It’s Tuesday, and the clock is ticking toward the latest deadline – Friday 3 December – for the federal government to run out of funding.
And then we have the small matter of the debt limit, the arbitrary borrowing cap that is raised each year to prevent the US from defaulting on its debts – a move that would cause economic catastrophe. The treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, has said the US can meet its obligations till 15 December or so.
A stopgap funding bill to extend government funding through mid- to late January is set to be introduced in the House of Representatives today. Republicans have indicated that we should not expect a government shutdown for the holiday season, and that we could instead witness the gift of bipartisan cooperation.
With the debt limit, however? Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer informed his leadership team that he and minority leader Mitch McConnell were still in talks.
Punchbowl News, a Capitol Hill-focused outlet, isn’t expecting the same high drama over the debt ceiling as back in October. In their morning newsletter, their reporters noted that McConnell’s remarks to them of “we’re still talking about it” contained “no saber rattling, no threats – nothing”. They called it “a pretty significant departure” from his “more hardline rhetoric”, believing it may signal “a very serious effort to come to an agreement and avoid a debt-limit standoff”.
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