Biden returns to Washington as debt ceiling struggle continues – live – The Guardian
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Joe Biden has taken the podium to speak about the debt ceiling and he’s coming in hot: “The United States is a nation that pays its bills and always has.”
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Andrew Yang to leave the Democratic Party
Andrew Yang announced today that he was leaving the Democratic party to register as an independent.
Yang, who attracted a staunch following after his 2020 presidential run on a platform that celebrated math, nerdiness and a universal basic income, posted on his website that despite having been registered as a Democrat since 1995, he was “confident that no longer being a Democrat is the right thing”.
“Breaking up with the Democratic Party feels like the right thing to do because I believe I can have a greater impact this way,” he wrote. “
“My goal is to do as much as I can to advance our society,” Yang wrote. “There are phenomenal public servants doing great work every day – but our system is stuck. It is stuck in part because polarization is getting worse than ever.
“Many of the people I know are doing all of the good they can – but their impact is constrained. Now that I’m not a member of one party or another, I feel like I can be even more honest about both the system and the people in it.”
Yang lost the race for mayor of New York earlier this year as a Democrat.
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Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis has been diagnosed with breast cancer, her husband, Florida governor Ron DeSantis announced.
“As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across the state,” Ron DeSantis said in a statement.
10.35am EDT 10:35
Confused about why we’re still talking about the debt ceiling? Here’s a good breakdown about what’s going on and why you should care – and the role that the filibuster is playing in all this.
10.12am EDT 10:12
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer just put out a letter to his colleagues reiterating that “we must get a bill to the President’s desk dealing with the debt limit by the end of the week.”
“We do not have the luxury to wait until October 18th,” Schumer wrote.
He said the refusal of the Republicans to extend the country’s debt limit and to “pay for the spending and debts incurred as a result of the bipartisan covid relief legislation passed during the Trump administration” is “a stark reminder of how absurd and partisan Republicans have made the process for raising the debit limit.”
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Grisham: Trump will run again in 2024
The former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham thinks Donald Trump will run for president again in 2024, and will present a significantly greater danger to US democracy should he win than at any time in his four years in office.
“He’s clearly the frontrunner in the Republican party,” Grisham told ABC’s Good Morning America. “Everybody’s showing their fealty to him. He’s on his revenge tour, for people who dared to vote for impeachment.
“And I want to just warn people that once he takes office if he were to win, he doesn’t have to worry about reelection anymore. He will be about revenge, he will probably have some pretty draconian policies.”
As Grisham spoke, the Washington Post reported that Trump came close to announcing a 2024 run in August, only to be advised to hold off.
On Tuesday, Grisham, also formerly a close aide to Melania Trump, will publish a tell-all book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now. It has been widely trailed.
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Biden returns to Washington with debt decision looming
Howdy, live blog readers.
Joe Biden heads back to Washington this morning from Wilmington with plans to deliver remarks in a few hours on the debt ceiling.
To recap: last week was yet another tense game of chicken in the realm of American politics. The US government avoided a partial federal shutdown when the Senate and the House of Representatives passed a bill to keep the government funded through 3 December – but in passing the bill, Democrats were forced to remove language that would have raised the debt ceiling.
There’s also the small matter of Biden’s domestic spending agenda, of course, as moderates and progressives in the Democratic party continue their tussle over price tags and policy priorities. The infrastructure bill, which is bipartisan, and the domestic spending proposals, which are not, are in question.