Do you want to quickly catch up on the latest news? The top stories of Wednesday, November 8th 2023.
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1. Another government shutdown is imminent
Mike Johnson, the newly appointed Speaker of the House has just nine days to pass the appropriation bill and avoid a shutdown.
Republicans have pushed for IRS budget cuts and funding for border security between the U.S. and Mexico as a reward for Democrats’ approval of proposed aid for Ukraine and Israel. Biden has asked for $61 billion of aid for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel. Senate Democrats rejected the funding passed by Republicans in the House for Israel only.
2. Syphilis cases are increasing among infants
Over 3,700 newborns tested positive for congenital syphilis in 2022, according to the CDC, which described the development as “alarming” while calling for increased testing for expecting mothers and their babies. The CDC said that the increase in cases is the highest in 30 years. Ten times as many babies were born in 2022 with the disease compared to 2012
“The congenital syphilis crisis in the United States has skyrocketed at a…