Government Shutdown Averted Yet Again - The Wednesday AM Quickie 11/15/23

If Republican members of Congress are going to start fist-fighting, can we buy tickets?

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The Government Will Stay Open – For Now

The US House of Representatives passed a bill by a vote of 336 to 95 to keep the government funded and functioning through early next year. The bill should pass the Senate before it's signed by President Joe Biden. The nae votes were mostly Republican hardliners angry about spending. Newly installed Speaker of the House Mike Johnson was one of those dissenters in September, when Kevin McCarthy was booted out of his speakership. Now, Johnson has shepherded through a similar bill and may have doomed himself with members of the Republican Freedom Caucus, which denounced the bill. Fortunately, we get to do this all over again in a few months.

Starbucks Workers Plan Major Strike

Thousands of Starbucks employees around the country plan to walk out tomorrow as part of a coordinated strike that's been deemed the Red Cup Rebellion. The strike is timed for one of the coffee chain's most popular days of the year and is meant to protest unfair labor practices, which has included firing workers who attempted to unionize.

Republican Senator Challenges Teamsters Honcho to a Fight

Continuing the theme of political pugilism, Oklahoma Sen. Markwayne Mullin challenged Teamsters General President Sean M. O'Brien to a physical fight during a hearing yesterday in the Senate. "This is the time, this is the place," Mullin said. "If you want to run your mouth, we can be two consenting adults. We can finish it here." O'Brien seemed unimpressed – he called Mullin "a schoolyard bully" who he didn't respect – before Sen. Bernie Sanders stepped in and told Mullin to sit down.


  • IDF Troops Enter Al-Shifa Hospital Israeli soldiers have moved into Gaza's Al-Shifa Hospital, a large complex of medical facilities that's currently sheltering 10,000 displaced Palestinian civilians, patients, and healthcare workers, who are struggling with no electricity, scarce food and water, and limited medical supplies. The Israeli government claims that Hamas is operating out of the hospital. via The Washington Post.
  • FBI Raids Home of Whistleblower The FBI raided the home of Jonathan Duma, a special agent who claimed that an investigation into Rudy Giuliani's foreign dealings was stymied by senior officials. Duma also claims that he was the handler for tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who reportedly was a confidential human source – an informant – for the Bureau. via Mother Jones.
  • Congress Could Move to Expel Santos George Santos' madcap time as a member of the House of Representatives may soon come to an end. An Ethics Committee report should be released this week, after which both Republican and Democratic lawmakers plan to vote to expel the accused serial fraudster. via Axios.
  • UAW Deal May Be in Jeopardy A surprising number of auto workers are voting "no" on the landmark deal between the United Auto Workers union and the big three domestic manufacturers. Dissenting members of the UAW rank-and-file have said that, despite significant pay raises, the deal should offer more, including better health benefits, particularly for older workers. Others have said they don't trust the auto companies to stick to the deal. via CNN and NPR.


$73 million

That's how much money Truth Social, the social media platform started by former President Donald Trump, has lost since it began operating in February 2022, according to a new SEC filing. The social network was supposed to have gone public via a SPAC offering but has been mired in an SEC investigation into its financing. "[Trump Media and Technology Group] has suffered negative cash flows and recurring losses from operations that raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern," the filing reads, adding that if the SPAC merger doesn't go through, Truth Social might wither on the vine. Oh no.


11/15: It's Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Andy Kroll, reporter at ProPublica, to discuss his recent reporting on Leonard Leo and the new Supreme Court judicial ethics code. Then, they're joined by actor Shaan Sharma, member of the SAG-AFTRA negotiating committee, to discuss the tentative agreement reached between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).


Fox Helps Right-Wing Moms Declare War On Thanksgiving Day Parade

If you want to get irrationally, bizarrely upset over the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (something about wokeness), Fox News has you covered.

LEAKED: Trump Lawyers Describe Efforts To Overturn '20 Election

Videos have emerged of Trump attorney Sidney Powell speaking to investigators about the former president's desperate plan to stay in office.


“Nothing's getting tamed. Nothing, nothing, nothing. He'll continue to be strangled—[if] you want to use that awful term for it. He'll continue to be loved by his father in a specific way.”

-- James L. Brooks, creator of "The Simpsons," assuring People Magazine readers that Homer Simpson will continue to occasionally strangle his son Bart. The violent gag is a staple of the Homer-Bart relationship but hasn't been depicted on the show in several years.

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