They don’t have a debt ceiling deal yet, but we may be close. Word is leaking that while science, health, transportation and other non-defense discretionary spending may be frozen, military and veterans spending will remain untethered. Joseph Zeballos-Roig and Jordan Weissmann have more on the emerging outline. Some members of the House Freedom Caucus are predictably upset, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries is warning not to take Democratic votes for granted, but when I asked former Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer yesterday if he thought a deal would be achieved he said: “My gut feeling is yes.”
An interesting way to start a presidential run is to frame it around COVID restrictions and mandates and a former director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases when most Americans have simply moved on and no longer simmer over past frustrations, but that’s what Ron DeSantis did on the first day of his campaign. Shelby Talcott has more on how DeSantis seems to be running for president against Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Plus, on the topic of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes getting an 18 year sentence for seditious conspiracy around the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, Morgan Chalfant gets a sobering text from former assistant U.S. attorney Randall Eliason.
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