5 things to know on Monday


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Congress returns to session, faced with big decisions Members of Congress return to work Monday, facing several key decisions that will test Democratic unity in the coming weeks as lawmakers vote on President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda, routine funding for the federal government and the size of the federal government. Federal debt. Part of the reason for the collision of so many big spending bills is that lawmakers approved a two-year deal in 2019 to increase spending and suspend the debt limit. Now the bills come due as pressure builds to pass Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget bill and $1.2 trillion transportation plan to fund roads and bridges. Also looming is a thorny debate over the politics governing the electoral law. Here are some of the issues that will dominate the end of September and early October. Missing persons case. The FBI announced Sunday that a body that looked like Pettito, 22, was found near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. While no forensic examination has yet been conducted to verify her remains, the FBI said the body was “consistent with the description” of Pettito. The FBI made the announcement as Florida law enforcement ended its second day of searching for Laundry, who himself disappeared last week after her disappearance. The tragic twists and turns after Pettito’s disappearance sparked massive law enforcement and social media efforts to solve a complex cross-country mystery. The silver screen lit up with the Emmys’ return on Sunday. This year’s show, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, looked more like the usual Hollywood glam and glamor than it did during last year’s all-virtual party. Corona virus precautions are still in place, but the actors and actresses all got together in red carpet outfits, golden statues were presented and the predicted candidates won. “The Crown” topped the list with seven awards, including honors for Best Drama Series. Ted Lasso has four wins, including Best Comedy Series, with Jason Sudeikis winning the lead role in a Comedy for his role in the series. HBO Max drama “Hacks” took three awards, while “Mare of Easttown” earned a similar trilogy of Emmys with Kate Winslet, Julian Nicholson and Evan Peters winning. See the full list of winners here: Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau awaits re-election Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces an uphill battle against his Conservative party rival, Erin O’Toole, in the Canadian elections on Monday. Trudeau has called an early election in hopes of winning a majority of seats in parliament, but has faced criticism for calling for a vote during a pandemic in order to consolidate his grip on power. He is betting that Canadians will reward him for getting through the coronavirus crisis better than most countries. Trudeau recently reopened the borders to vaccinators. O’Toole says that if elected, he will close the borders to prevent dangerous variants of COVID-19 from emerging. Here comes the harvest moon, look at the stars tonight, because the September harvest moon will light up the sky on Monday. Harvest moons are full moons that occur each year near the autumnal equinox or early fall and are called a harvest moon because the moon rises at about the same time each evening for a few consecutive nights in the northern hemisphere. It provides ample moonlight early in the evening for farmers harvesting summer crops. In China, the harvest moon is celebrated with pastry moon cakes and lanterns at the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival. This year’s harvest moon will appear exactly opposite the sun at 7:54 p.m. EDT. Contributing: The Associated Press


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