Congress finds out just how much time it has to reach a spending deal to avert a federal default when the Congressional Budget Office updates the debt limit deadline Wednesday.
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Mike Pence joins other potential presidential hopefuls in Iowa
Former Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Iowa this week, kicking off a surge of presidential caucus activity after a quiet start to the year.
Iowa Republicans are set to hold their traditional first-in-the-nation caucuses in early 2024, which act as the starting line for the rest of the presidential primary cycle. A bevy of candidates are expected to compete, and they’ve been making inroads with the state’s Republican elected officials and activists for months, if not years, as they weigh their plans.
Now, with former President Donald Trump formally in the race and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley officially launching her campaign Tuesday, activity in the Hawkeye State is starting to ramp up.
– Brianne Pfannenstiel
More:As GOP starting gate for 2024 presidential race, Iowa sees surge of announced and potential candidates
Feinstein will not run again in 2024
Democrat Dianne Feinstein, California’s longest serving senator, is forgoing reelection.
“I announcing today I will not run for reelection in 2024, but intend to accomplish as much for California as I can through the end of next year when my term ends,” Feinstein said in a statement Tuesday.
The decision shakes up the 2024 Senate map as multiple Democrats — including Reps. Katie Porter and Adam Schiff — have either announced or are reportedly considering their bids to succeed the longtime senator, who had been dogged by questions about her ability to serve.
– Phillip M. Bailey
More:Dianne Feinstein, California’s longest serving senator, won’t seek reelection in 2024
Biden renews calls to ban assault weapons after Michigan State shooting
President Joe Biden renewed his call to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines after a shooting Monday on the campus of at Michigan State University killed three and injured five others.
“I’m going to say something that’s always controversial,” Biden said Tuesday in remarks addressing the National Association of Counties in Washington. “There is no rationale for assault weapons and magazines that hold 50, 70 bullets.”
Biden’s push to reenact a ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004, is unlikely to pass a Republican-led House and even faces an uphill climb in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
– Joey Garrison
More:President Biden says ‘no rationale for assault weapons’ after Michigan State University shooting
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