Good morning Washington! Good morning Atlanta!
Just a few days until America gets some political clarity. The stakes are high. Fights ahead over the debt ceiling and what is worth potentially sacrificing the ‘full faith and credit of the United States’ for. Some on the GOP side think Social Security and Medicare cuts are worth that fight. President Biden, who has quietly confirmed judge after judge, may get a lot fewer if he loses the Senate — even though Chuck Schumer still thinks there is a path for Dems to hold on. We shall see.
ALSO: Benjy Sarlin looks at how the fight over entitlements could spill into 2024. Dave Weigel reports on the midterm landscape for state legislatures, more important than ever with abortion limits now in their hands. And on permitting reform, the former general counsel of the EPA gives me his take on the balance that needs to be struck between climate goals and energy security.
PLUS: Kadia Goba has an exchange with former Congressman Joe Crowley on some scary polls for New York Democrats.
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