In the news today: A federal shutdown was avoided as Congress agreed to keep the government funded until December, but the debt ceiling fight still looms. Meanwhile, it’s Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema versus Democrats (and global weather patterns), yet again. The House Select Committee on the January 6 insurrection blasted out nearly a dozen new subpoenas focused on how Trump’s mob of violent deplorables assembled. Apparently frustrated at being so often left out of the Nation’s Worst Governors competition, Alabama’s Republican governor and state legislature have decided how they’re going to spend nearly a half-billion in federal pandemic relief funding: build new prisons. Can’t have a runaway pandemic without prisons, apparently.
Here’s some of what you may have missed: