Odds & Ends

The House just passed the bipartisan budget bill with 266 yeas and 167 nays. All Democrats and 79 Republicans voted for it. What that means is that Boehner got a “yes” vote from most of the Coalition of the Willing.

It’s not official until tomorrow, but today House Republicans voted to nominate Rep. Paul Ryan to be the next Speaker of the House.

Marco Rubio’s hometown newspaper published an editorial saying he should resign from his Senate seat if he hates it so much. Ouch!!

I’m not sure how this was a good move for the Sander’s campaign, but his top staff sat down with John Hellermann and laid out their plans to “take the gloves off” and go negative against Clinton.

Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty today in a deal with federal prosecutors that allows him to avoid going public about allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.

Demonstrating that some people never learn, Republican House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz introduced a resolution to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen. Even Charles Krauthhammer thinks that’s a stupid idea.

If Donald Trump was confident going into tonight’s debate, do you think he’d already be calling it “unfair?” Nope, me neither.

Finally, this is a reminder that Ed Kilgore will be in later tonight to live-blog the Republican debate. I feel like I should apologize for this. But when I think about tonight, I just can’t get this song out of my head.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.