A president on the picket line

A president walking the picket line? That just happened. Pressure on Bob Menendez to resign from the Senate is growing. And is the government going to shut down? What does that even mean?

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A presidential pep rally on the autoworkers' picket line

He's no scab. Nearly two weeks into the United Auto Workers union's strike against the nation's three largest automakers, President Joe Biden walked the picket line outside Detroit in a historic visit Tuesday. It was the first time a sitting president has joined a picket line of workers on strike in the middle of a labor dispute. "Folks, stick with it because you deserve the significant raise you need and other benefits," Biden, wearing a black UAW hat, said through a bullhorn as workers at a General Motors redistribution center cheered. "Let's get back what we lost, OK? If we can save them, then it's about time for them to step up for us." 👉 More from the president's visit.

President Joe Biden joins striking UAW members on the picket line Tuesday in Van Buren Township, Mich.
President Joe Biden joins striking UAW members on the picket line Tuesday in Van Buren Township, Mich.

Where is Tropical Storm Philippe?

Oh, it's out there. As the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia slowly dissipated Tuesday, forecasters were keeping a keen eye on Tropical Storm Philippe and, yes, one other system in the Atlantic basin. The good news is that none of the systems were expected to pose a threat to the U.S. or other land areas, the National Hurricane Center said. But if my calendar is correct (it is, lol), we're right smack dab in the middle of the busiest part of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30, with the most active period lasting through mid-October. It's been a busy year for hurricanes so far, with 17 named storms already. 🌀 What's in store for the rest of the season.

Tropical Storm Philippe is forecast to weaken and then dissipate over the next few days.
Tropical Storm Philippe is forecast to weaken and then dissipate over the next few days.

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Sen. Menendez faces growing pressure to resign

In the four days since Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted on stunning charges of bribery and public corruption, his fellow New Jersey Democrat, Sen. Cory Booker, has been silent. But on Tuesday, Booker raised his voice, joining a growing number of Democratic senators – more than 15 so far – calling for him to step aside. Menendez has firmly rejected that idea. Menendez, the longtime chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is accused of using his position to aid Egypt's authoritarian government and to pressure prosecutors to drop a case against a friend, among other things. 🔎 Here's a closer look at the situation.

So, what happens if the government shuts down?

Longer airport lines. Hazardous drinking water. Shuttered national parks. Remember those? In recent years, the disruptions that come with shutdowns of the federal government have only become more familiar to Americans. And if Republicans in Congress don't manage to cut a deal by this weekend, the country could be dealing with its 22nd shutdown in the last 50 years. With the clock ticking ahead of a midnight Saturday deadline – and the negotiations mostly going nowhere – the federal Office of Management and Budget has already started deciding which employees might have to go on furlough. But every shutdown is different, so it's hard to know exactly what will happen right now. 👉 In the meantime: Here's how it could shake things up for you and your family.

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