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A lot rests on the shoulders of Congress today. Keeping the government from shutting down at midnight is just one item on the big to-do list.

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President Biden wants his climate plan to be a reality, but this all depends on a big $3.5 trillion budget package that is stalled in Congress. Jeff Brady is part of NPR's climate team. He's been looking into all this. Good morning, Jeff.

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Today House lawmakers will get their chance to ask top military officials about the U.S. exit from Afghanistan.

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The federal government could shut down in just three days.

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Yeah, a vote failed in the Senate last night that would have avoided a shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer blamed Republicans.

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This is a very high-stakes week for Joe Biden's presidency. Democrats in Congress have a deadline to avoid a government shutdown, and they need to agree among themselves to pass Biden's domestic agenda. Here's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on ABC's "This Week."

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After 16 years, Germans have voted for a change.

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A jury in New York is deliberating in R. Kelly's federal trial. He is charged with sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, kidnapping and racketeering.

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Today might be the day that determines the future of COVID-19 booster shots in this country.

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Here are the numbers on COVID 18 months in. About 150,000 new cases are still being reported every single day in the U.S.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated a Republican effort to recall him. It appears his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was the No. 1 issue for voters. Newsom said he was humbled by the results.

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California's governor, Gavin Newsom, will keep his job.

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Newsom fended off a Republican-led recall effort. The Associated Press called the race not long after polls closed.

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Californians have until 8 p.m. tonight local time to vote yes or no on recalling Governor Gavin Newsom.

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Senators come back from their summer recess today with a lot to get done.

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Kacey Musgraves wrote her last album, Golden Hour, when she was falling in love. It won her a Grammy for Album of the Year and best country album, and spurred what was a fast-growing career into being (maybe beyond) fully-grown. But when that love started to fade, what else? She began writing another.

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Last night, the Pentagon tweeted out a picture, a night vision image of the last U.S. soldier to leave Afghanistan.

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Ida has weakened into a tropical storm as it moves up Louisiana and into Mississippi.

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President Biden talked to the country yesterday for the first time since the Taliban overthrew the Afghan government.

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What do the Taliban want in Afghanistan?

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The scenes at the airport in Kabul today have been harrowing, as Afghans sought to flee their country fearing retribution from the Taliban. President Biden addressed the nation this afternoon and said that he is committed to helping evacuate Afghan allies to safety. And he brushed aside criticism that the U.S. waited too long to help, pinning the blame instead on the former president of Afghanistan, who fled over the weekend.

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The Senate is moving ahead with one of President Biden's top economic priorities.

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Jack Antonoff has become one of the most in-demand collaborators in music, with credits on the latest albums by Taylor Swift, Lorde, St. Vincent and many others. His work has taken him all over the world, but he never strays too far from his home — at least in his songwriting.

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The CDC now says everyone, vaccinated or not, should wear a mask indoors in public spaces if they're in an area where coronavirus cases are surging.

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