Want to catch up with the news quickly? Here are the top stories from Friday, September 29, 2023.
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1. Sen. Dianne Feinstein passes away at 90 after historic career
Sen. Dianne Feinstein passed away Friday morning at the age of 90 following a groundbreaking career in politics. After holding her seat in the Senate since 1992, her colleagues must now seek a replacement.
As Feinstein was a California Senator, it is now up to Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint someone to fill her seat until the next election, which is in 2024. Feinstein had planned to retire at the end of the current term, leaving an ongoing primary with candidates vying for her seat.
2. Republicans launch impeachment inquiry against Biden, despite lack of evidence
Republicans have not put forth evidence showing that Biden directly benefited from his son’s business dealings.
Democratic Rep. Jasmine Crockett used her time to address the chamber by slamming the GOP, referencing the 91 criminal charges pending against former president Donald Trump. She said that when there is real evidence of a crime, Republicans "want to act like they're blind."
3. A government shutdown is days away — how will it impact Americans?
Congress currently has mere hours to strike a deal and prevent a government shutdown that would impact millions of Americans. Lawmakers have made little progress towards preventing a crisis that would hit homes across the country on Oct. 1, unless lawmakers can pass a federal budget.
Millions of families are also slated to lose child care after this weekend when emergency funding for providers from the COVID-19 pandemic expires. The $24 billion Child Care Stabilization Program ends Saturday night, putting thousands of day care centers and preschools in jeopardy, but help seems unlikely as Congress struggles to reach an agreement.
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