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President Trump attends UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday. Photo: Steven Ryan/Getty Images

President Trump was met with a small protest, boos and cheers when he went to watch the main fight of UFC 244 mixed martial arts in Madison Square Garden, New York City Saturday night, on-the-scene video footage shows.

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The big picture: It's the second time in six days that the president has been booed during public appearances in liberal strongholds.

  • Trump received a similar reception when he attended Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., last Sunday.

What they're saying: Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest child and an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, retweeted a BBC tweet reporting about Trump was booed at the fight with a scathing comment.

"Fake News gonna fake. Why don’t you play the video you leftist hacks? I was there in the heart of NYC and it was overwhelmingly positive. An awesome response. It’s nice that everyone at least sees that you’ve flat out stopped even pretending to be objective."
— Donald Trump Jr.
  • Pro MMA fighter Tara LaRosa posted a video to Twitter of what she said was a "positive reaction" from the crowd toward Trump.
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Editor's note: This article has been updated with comments from Donald Trump Jr., LaRosa and LaRosa's video post.

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Former President Trump hosting a boxing match in Hollywood, Florida on Sept. 11. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump filed a lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump on Tuesday over the news outlet's reporting on his tax records, the Daily Beast first reported.

Details: The lawsuit, filed in New York's Dutchess County, alleges the NYT "engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" and that it "convinced" Mary Trump to "smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to The Times."

House passes government funding, debt ceiling bill

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The House passed a bill on Tuesday to fund the government through early December, along with a measure to raise the debt ceiling through December 2022.

Why it matters: The stopgap measure, which needs to be passed to avoid a government shutdown when funding expires on Sept. 30, faces a difficult journey in the Senate where at least ten Republicans would need to vote in favor.

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Democrats find themselves in a political and potentially catastrophic economic quagmire as Republicans stand firm on denying them any help in raising the federal debt ceiling.

Why it matters: The Democrats are technically right — the debt comes, in part, from past spending by President Trump and his predecessors, not only President Biden's new big-ticket programs. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is saddling them with the public relations challenge of making that distinction during next year's crucial midterms.