We’re doing this again?

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United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican of Kentucky) departs the Republican luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, Thursday, October 7, 2021. Senate Democrats and Republicans have reached a deal to temporarily raise the debt ceiling through early December. Photo by Rod Lamkey/CNP/Sipa/Reuters.

It’s been an especially stupid week in Congress. Members of Congress are fighting over the debt limit – an archaic, post-war provision from the 20th century. Both sides of the aisle agree that the debt limit needs to go up… but they disagree on how. 

Democrats can do this on their own. What are they afraid of? Attack ads? Taking up too much floor time when they have other legislation they could be working on, like the infrastructure bill and the spending bill that….they still haven’t agreed on? Republicans say Democrats should raise the debt limit by themselves, but Democrats insist Republicans need to help them out. But just in the nick of time before a partial government shutdown, Republicans allowed Democrats to fund the government for about two more months, so over the holidays, we can do this all over again.

Then: President Biden’s approval rating is tanking. A new Quinnipiac poll puts him at just 38 percent approval on the job market and a dismal 25 percent approval rate on immigration. What’s the source of this dissatisfaction?Could the problem just be that Biden isn’t taking credit for the good things his presidency has done, and not “owning” enough conservatives?

Next: Professor Kate Shaw joins the panel to talk about the controversial new law in Texas that bans abortions after six weeks, which was preliminarily enjoined this week by a federal judge. This might go all the way to the Supreme Court, which is already hearing oral arguments in December about a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. Does the Constitution actually create a right to abortion? And if Roe is overturned, what can Democrats do to protect abortion access? 

And finally: having kids might not be that bad an idea, even today… but if you send them to school sick, Liz Bruenig has some words for you.



  • Kate Shaw - Professor of law; co-director, Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, Cardozo School of Law


Sara Fay