Nov 30, 2017

The GOP's latest plan for avoiding a government shutdown

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Republican Congressional leadership is planning to propose two short-term funding bills which would keep the government running on current funding levels through Dec. 22 and then through sometime in January, Politico reports.

Why it matters: This would be a temporary solution until agreement on a bigger funding bill could be reached. And this is a change from the plan discussed in the meeting with Trump, which involved only one bill to fund the government into January.

Who wants what: Democrats have said they won't agree to any funding bill that didn't include provisions for DREAMers. Meanwhile, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry wouldn't sign onto the first temporary plan without any a funding boost for the Pentagon, according to Politico.

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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