President Donald Trump walks with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Congress has passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government through December 22. The bill passed the House — with 14 Democrats supporting the bill, and 18 Republicans voting no — and Senate, and is headed to President Trump's desk. The bill will also fund the Children's Health Insurance Program through the end of the year.

  • Senators voting no: Lee (R), Sasse (R), Ernst (R), Rounds (R), Cruz (R), McCain (R), Hirono (D), Gillibrand (D), Harris (D), Sanders (I), Warren (D), Merkley (D), Markey (D), Booker (D). Republicans were concerned about defense funding, while Democrats raised the fact that no fix was included for DACA.
  • What to watch for: The next showdown, in two weeks.

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Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked a vote on Republicans' $500 billion targeted COVID-19 relief bill, a far less comprehensive package than the $1.8 trillion+ deal currently being negotiated between the Trump administration and House Democrats.

Why it matters: There's little appetite in the Senate for a stimulus bill with a price tag as large as what President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been calling for. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) "skinny" proposal was mostly seen as a political maneuver, as it had little chance of making it out of the Senate.

The hazy line between politics and influence campaigns

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The recent firestorm over the New York Post’s publication of stories relying on data from a hard drive allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden shows the increasingly hazy line between domestic political “dirty tricks” and a foreign-sponsored disinformation operation.

Why it matters: This haziness could give determined actors cover to conduct influence operations aimed at undermining U.S. democracy through channels that just look like old-fashioned hard-nosed politics.