Washington is racing against a Dec. 16 deadline to fund the federal government and avoid a partial shutdown. Also in the news: The Supreme Court will revisit a major immigration case today. Iran and the United States face off in the World Cup in Qatar tonight.
Here's Tuesday's top headlines.
What this week means for Congress
Washington is full-speed ahead as the House and Senate return this week from Thanksgiving break. They are grappling with a laundry list of priorities: a same-sex marriage act, electoral reform, military spending as well as government funding.
One thing to know: The current lame-duck session will extend well into December, possibly past Christmas – and potentially into the next Congress when Republicans will take over the House from Democrats.
What would cause a shutdown: A current continuing resolution – a temporary spending bill allowing the federal government to keep operating while Congress works on a full-year funding bill – expires Dec. 16. Congress must pass legislation to keep the government operating past that date or risk a government shutdown.
Same-sex marriage in focus: The Respect for Marriage Act could pass this week and would codify a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide. The Senate act would ensure it stays the law of the land.
Ukraine, gun safety and more: One of the big sticking points with government funding is from House Republicans who want to tighten the purse strings on Ukraine aid. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden last week called again for an assault weapons ban.
Boil notice for over 2 million Houston area residents
Officials say a boil order notice could end early Tuesday for more than 2 million people in the Houston area after a power outage caused low water pressure at a water purification plant. The advisory — which means water must be boiled before it’s used for cooking, bathing or drinking — also prompted schools in the Houston area to close Monday. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says the city believes the water is safe but a boil order was required because of the drop Sunday in water pressure. Turner said two electrical transformers failed, causing power outages at the water plant. Read more
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🌐 NATO ministers are meeting in Romania to drum up more aid, arms for Ukraine.
🛤 Biden called on Congress to intervene in a labor dispute and avert rail strikes that would ''devastate'' the U.S.
🌋 The world's largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, is erupting in Hawaii.
🔊 A hero spoke out after stopping the Colorado Springs mass shooter.
📰 The Buffalo Tops shooter pleaded guilty to murder and hate crime charges.
🎧 On today's 5 Things podcast, USA TODAY World Affairs Correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard has the latest as China is gripped by large-scale protests. You can listen to the podcast every day on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on your smart speaker.
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Supreme Court to hear key immigration case
Four months after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked President Joe Biden's power to prioritize certain immigrants in the country illegally for deportation, the justices will revisit the issue Tuesday in the first major immigration case of the term. The Biden administration wants to focus enforcement on immigrants who pose a threat to national security or public safety. But that approach, which officials announced last year, represents a departure from the Trump administration's more sweeping tactics. And two conservatives states, Texas and Louisiana, sued over the strategy. Read more
Our explainer on the case: The Biden administration doesn't have the power, they say, to pick and choose which of those immigrants to target for enforcement.
More from the court: Supreme Court counsel pushes back on inquiry from Democratic lawmakers over report of 2014 leak.
China gripped by large-scale protests over Xi's COVID-19 policies
The Biden administration offered support Monday for peaceful protesters in China who spilled into the streets over the weekend to demonstrate against Beijing’s “zero COVID” strategy for containing the deadly pandemic. Crowds angered by the severe restrictions called for President Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of public dissent in decades. With police out in force, there was no word of new protests in Beijing, Shanghai or other major cities as of Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. At the White House on Monday, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby declared the administration's support for the protesters. Read more
Photos: Public anger rises China as protests take to streets.
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Protests at the center of Iran-US World Cup match
The United States is up against Iran tonight in a high-stakes face-off in Qatar. The clash comes with pressure: the USMNT’s match against Iran is effectively a one-game playoff to get into the Round of 16. There's no scenario in which two points is enough to get out of the four-team Group B (which also includes England and Wales) in the round-robin format used at the World Cup. That means a loss to Iran ends the USMNT’s tournament. And in the middle of all of this is tension that has carried over from protests that have swept Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested by the morality police for allegedly violating the conservative dress code. Read more from our sports analyst Nancy Armour.
More perspective from Nancy: What U.S. Soccer got right, and wrong, with its brief attempt to show support for women in Iran.
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz, part of USMNT's revival, now aims to end its World Cup dream.
How can the USMNT advance at 2022 World Cup? Breaking down all the Group B scenarios.
📷 Photo of the day: Gotham Awards 2022 📷
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” won best feature at the 32nd Gotham Awards on Monday, taking one of the first major prizes of Hollywood’s awards season and boosting the Oscar hopes of the anarchic indie hit of the year. Most outstanding lead actor went to “Till” star Danielle Deadwyler. Supporting actor went to “Everything Everywhere” costar Ke Huy Quan. Special honorees included Adam Sandler and Michelle Williams. Click here to see more photos from the 2022 Gotham Awards.
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🏈 Browns QB Deshaun Watson will be reinstated by the NFL after an 11-game suspension.
🎄 First lady Jill Biden unveiled the 2022 White House holiday decorations: See the photos.
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