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Here are the key parts of Democrats' $3.5T budget resolution
Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a $3.5 trillion budget resolution they aim to pass without Republican support, paving the way for boosting spending in a number of key areas in line with the president's legislative agenda through a process called reconciliation. Democrats say the massive spending framework would unlock funding for universal pre-K and tuition-free community college while making investments in public housing and clean energy efforts and expanding health care.
Former Presidenthas repeatedly hinted that he may run for president again in 2024 and a recent rally in Iowa has fueled further speculation about his intentions.
Iowa is a key state in the early stages of a presidential race as it is the first in the nation to indicate a preference for the Oval Office. A poll from The Des Moines Register released before Trump's rally on Saturday, October 9 showed that 53 percent of Iowans approved of him.
There have also been other potentially positive factors for Trump. Two leading bookmakers, BetOnline and Betfred,the 2024 presidential election on Tuesday. This was the first time he had been in this position since before the election in November 2020.
Democrats face tough options for raising debt ceiling as US inches closer to Oct. 18 deadline
Senate Democrats face three tough options to raise the debt limit as time runs down before a potential default Oct. 18.Senate Republicans were expected to block another Democratic attempt to raise the nation's debt ceiling on Wednesday, but the vote was postponed. If that vote fails, it would force Democrats to consider alternatives they've resisted, including a controversial step to bend Senate rules to allow the bill to come to a final vote.
Separately, an Emerson College poll released in Septemberin a hypothetical 2024 matchup.
Trump enjoyed 47 percent compared to Biden's 46 percent, though his lead was within the poll's 2.7 percent margin of error.
A potential political comeback for Trump cannot be ruled out at this point andfacing difficult midterm elections in 2022 may be concerned at both Trump's influence over the Republican Party and his chances in 2024.
Biden has seen a difficult start to his presidency. Now approaching his ninth month in office, the president's approval rating has declined significantly since taking office on January 20.
Poll tracker FiveThirtyEight, which tracks Biden's popularity based on analysis of a wide range of polls and its own system of pollster ratings, gave Biden an approval rating of 44.5 percent as of October 13. Disapproval of the president stood at 49.2 percent.
Why the Senate is broken
Anger is peaking among a wide range of Democrats toward Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema over their resistance to President Joe Biden's economic agenda, but the Democrats' struggle to pass Biden's sweeping plan is rooted in more than the personal idiosyncrasies and electoral calculations of two individual senators. © Ting Shen/Bloomberg/Getty Images Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks to members of the media outside the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
The president's approval rating has been on a downward trajectory since August 30—the day before the final deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Since then, Biden's agenda has stalled inand divisions within the have held up the passage of a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and fierce debate continues about a separate $3.5 trillion social spending bill, called the Build Back Better Act.
All of these issues could be good news for a Trump reelection bid, but experts who spoke to Newsweek made it clear that the former president is not guaranteed to be successful.
A Rudderless Administration
Thomas Gift, founding director of University College London's Centre on U.S. Politics, told Newsweek the Biden administration's difficulties will work to Trump's advantage.
"A successful Trump comeback is hardly a given—but there's no doubt it's a genuine possibility," Gift said.
Democrats expected to take short-term debt ceiling increase, reject reconciliation
Republicans were poised to sink a Democratic effort on Wednesday to suspend the federal borrowing limit, barrelling the U.S. toward a potential economic recession. Multiple senators and aides told ABC News Democrats are rejecting McConnell’s other offer that would have Republicans expediting Democrats passing a longer-term debt ceiling increase using the budget reconciliation process that they’re using to pass the multi-trillion dollar social spending bill.
"On the Republican side, one could make the case that hardline MAGA supporters have grown even more resolute about putting their man back in office since last year. For some elements of the base, January 6,, and continued claims of election rigging have only amped up the rage many felt when Biden was inaugurated.
"On the Democratic side, a current administration that seems increasingly rudderless on both domestic and foreign policy can only help Trump's chances of staging a comeback," Gift said.
"Over the last year, Americans have witnessed a botched withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border that's worsened, and a signature infrastructure proposal that remains in limbo—despite Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress.
"Rightly or wrongly, the perception that the Democratic Party is increasingly subject to the whims of far-left progressives—focused more on pressing a 'woke' agenda than addressing bread-and-butter concerns of working-class voters—could be yet another boon to Trump's 2024 aspirations," he said.
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The Center of Attention
Mark Shanahan is an associate professor at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Reading University and co-editor of The Trump Presidency: From Campaign Trail to World Stage. He told Newsweek that the former president was a "risk" to Biden.
"Donald Trump always wants to be the center of attention and's current problems in trying to hold his party together over the infrastructure bill, the Build Back Better Act and managing the debt ceiling have given him the opportunity to garner the column inches and broadcast mentions again," Shanahan said.
"The former president operates continually in campaign mode and loves nothing more than getting the attention of his base as he continues to tour those parts of the country still willing to enable his election-steal narrative.
"If one was to make a logic-based case for a Trump run in 2024, the chances would be that 45 would be far more likely to be in a courtroom than a presidential debate in the run-up to November '24," Shanahan went on.
"Court proceedings are swirling around him; the outcome of the probes into the January 6 Insurrection are unlikely to favor him, and manyin Washington would love to move on from the bandwagon-of-madness the Trump Show imposed on the country from 2015 onwards. But Trump doesn't operate on logic. He sees the world only through a lens of how events can benefit him personally, and he'll currently be seeing Trump ahead of Biden in the polls for the next presidential election."
‘Damned if you do, damned if you don’t’: Dems plagued by debt déjà vu
Many of the party's House members want a better plan than a Senate game of chicken. They might not get one.Twice this fall the House cleared debt-cap hikes into late 2022, only to see the Senate punt back a short-term fix that will force moderate Democrats to swallow at least one extra politically fraught vote — and possibly several more. As another deadline awaits in December, many House Democrats want a better plan than a game of chicken between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Rocket Fuel for Trump
"The fact he'll be an even less fit 78-year-old in three years' time; that he has alienated many of the donors he drew into his 2016 and 2020 campaigns and that he still hasn't regained the social media accounts that amplified his lie-ridden rhetoric for so long should give him pause and the Democrats succor," he said.
"But none of the negatives will unduly bother him. As he is now, Trump will play on any opportunities the Democrats offer him. If Biden fails to land his infrastructure and economic recovery agenda, that will fuel Trump. If the midterms burn Team Schumer and/or Team Pelosi, that will fuel Trump. And if Biden's popularity remains underwater, that will provide a putative Trump campaign with rocket fuel.
"Donald J. Trump should be a burnt-out political case," Shanahan said. "In a year's time, he may well be. But for as long as possible he'll tease, he'll rant and he'll covet the media's attention. Treading that very narrow tightrope between celebrity and notoriety he'll continue to do what he does best: making himself the story. As long as politicians, the media and voters are reacting to whatever he says or does, he will be a risk to the Biden administration."
Trump's choice: Build a 2024 campaign or become 2020 bore? .
Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally Saturday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. As usual for those not physically present, it won't be easy to find a way to watch. © Provided by Washington Examiner Much of social media has de-platformed Trump. The major news networks don't cover his rallies live. While Trump still dominates much discussion on cable news, especially on CNN and MSNBC, it is often in the context of the threat many on those networks believe he presents to the future of U.S. democracy.