More than 200 House Democrats voted today to back a plan designed by Mike Johnson, the right-wing speaker, to avert an impending government shutdown. The legislation, which was opposed by many Republicans, passed 336 to 95, clearing the two-thirds threshold required. If signed into law, it would keep the government funded into early 2024.
Johnson’s unusual approach was a gamble in that it relied on a substantial number of Democrats to help pass a package that did not include any military aid to Israel or Ukraine. The move proved effective as most Democrats — who were satisfied that the legislation did not include budget cuts — voted in favor.
In the Senate, where the legislation heads next, Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, said he wanted a vote “as soon as possible.”
The alliance that came together reflected a reality that two consecutive Republican speakers have now reluctantly embraced: The House G.O.P. lacks the political will to keep the government funded, forcing its leaders to rely on Democratic votes to do so.
Videos put a Gaza hospital at the center of the information war
Israel released a pair of videos this week from inside Gaza’s main children’s hospital that show weapons and explosives purportedly found in the medical center, and a room where the Israeli military said hostages were kept. The videos are part of a campaign to persuade skeptics that Hamas has turned hospitals into command centers and has built tunnels underneath them.
The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza today disputed nearly every assertion made in the initial Israeli video, but acknowledged that the footage was taken from inside Al-Rantisi Specialized Hospital for Children in northern Gaza. The patients and staff are believed to have left the hospital over the weekend after it was surrounded by Israeli forces, and Israeli troops entered shortly thereafter.
A promising inflation report
Price increases in the U.S. slowed last month more than economists had predicted, according to government data released this morning. The Consumer Price Index fell to 3.2 percent on an annual basis, down from 3.7 percent in September, in part because of more moderate energy prices.
The report provided the Federal Reserve with renewed evidence that its battle against rapid inflation is working — and possibly reduced the need for further rate increases.
Elder care costs are soaring, causing financial ruin
Millions of Americans are facing a daunting dilemma: Their spouse or older relative is in need of long-term medical care, but the costs of attaining such care are overwhelming. The Times talked to dozens of people dealing that problem, finding that many of them are risking financial ruin as the cost of elder care soars.
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The N.F.L. wants to create a streaming universe
Football has long been the biggest thing on television. Every Sunday, tens of millions of people tune in to watch their favorite team. But the reach of traditional television is waning, and the N.F.L. is embarking on an ambitious strategy to try to maintain its dominance.
The league is teaming up with major streamers like Netflix and Amazon to make documentaries, turning their on-field stars into compelling characters. Already, more than 50 N.F.L. productions are in the pipeline, including “Bye Bye Barry,” about the Lions running back Barry Sanders, and a coveted documentary on Jerry Jones, the unfiltered Cowboys owner.
For fans, my colleagues built a simulator that maps out every team’s path to the playoffs.
Airlines are suddenly offering deals
Denise Diorio, a retired teacher in Florida, recently spent less than $40 on flights to and from Chicago and just $230 on a round-trip ticket between New York and Paris. And she’s not alone.
Airfares to many popular destinations have recently fallen to their lowest levels in months. Even holiday travel is far cheaper than it was last year. The glut of deals suggests that the airline industry’s supercharged pandemic recovery may finally be slowing as the supply of tickets overtakes demand on some routes.
A backlash over ‘sad beige’
When Emma Ganzarain moved into her boyfriend’s apartment in Oslo, the couple got to work on a redesign. They swapped out colorful fixtures and furniture for versions in shades of beige and white. When it was nearly done, Ganzarain showed it off on social media: “All men need a woman in their life,” she wrote.
The reaction was not what she expected. Many commenters accused her of ruining her boyfriend’s apartment by removing its warmth and replacing it with a more sterile look — what some critics call “sad beige.” One designer theorized that the strong reaction to the aesthetic might signal a larger shift in home décor, from uncluttered minimalism to something cozier and less polished.
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