Welcome back to The Best & The Brightest, Tina here subbing in for Julia, who will be back tomorrow.
In this edition, we’ve got quite a list of conversations to cover inside Washington: a looming government shutdown, a senator indicted for googling “what is the price of gold” for the wrong reasons, and a Speaker who’s probably wondering what sort of awful deal he’s struck with the devil. Our main story tonight, of course, is the DeSantis predicament ahead of Wednesday’s G.O.P. debate, plus Trump’s early general election pseudo-pivot.
But first… a congressional update from Abby Livingston, who will be in conversation with Penta’s Kevin Madden this Thursday, 9/28 at 1 p.m. ET during Puck’s first Quarter Call, a new subscriber perk featuring conversations with industry analysts and insiders. You can sign up here.
Shutdown Odds & the Menendez Dominos
Menendez Fallout: Senate Democrats up for reelection next year were falling over themselves today to call for the resignation of their colleague Bob Menendez, post-indictment. But one member’s call, in particular, drew outsize attention...
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