POLITICO Playbook: The two numbers driving the angst on Capitol Hill

And Iran is weighing a plot to kill the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, according to officials.

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Washington has to balance putting together a package to fund the government to avoid an election-season shutdown Sept. 30, and it needs to also mollify a growing clutch of anxious House Democrats who are agitating for further votes on Covid relief

And Iran is weighing a plot to kill the U.S. ambassador to South Africa, according to officials.

PHOTO DU JOUR:A woman holds her dog after several days of staying in a tent at an evacuation center at the Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge in Oak Grove, Ore., on Sunday, Sept. 13. | John Locher/AP PhotoBIG SWING … WAPO:“How former Trump adviser Steve Bannon joined forces with a Chinese billionaire who has divided the president’s allies,”

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by Ros Helderman, Josh Dawsey, Gary Shih and Matt Zapotosky: “Bannon’s partnership with Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, on whose yacht Bannon had told friends he had been living in recent months, that has come to dominate his post-White House career — a partnership that is now also under scrutiny. A company linked to both is a focus of a separate federal investigation, according to multiple people familiar with the probe. …

“In the past several years, a company linked to the billionaire,who also goes by Miles Kwok and Miles Guo, has given Bannon a consulting contract. Guo has also publicly pledged to donate $100 million to a Bannon-led charity. Most recently, the month before Bannon’s arrest, Guo announced that Bannon would serve as chairman of a new social media company he was launching.

“Bannon, in turn, has emerged as one of the biggest champions of Guo,who casts himself as an anti-communist dissident in dozens of fiery videos posted online. Even as other critics of the Chinese government have grown skeptical of Guo’s claims that he is a political victim of Beijing, Bannon has said Guo has valuable insider information that could help take down China’s Communist Party, or CCP, and says he has been prescient about China’s crackdown on Hong Kong and its handling of the novel coronavirus.”

AP:by Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo: “Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday, virtually guaranteeing him parliamentary election as the country’s next prime minister."Suga received 377 votes in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party election

to pick a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced last month that he would resign due to health problems. Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, one of the other two contenders, received 89 votes, while former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba got 68.

“The victory by Suga, currently the chief Cabinet secretaryof Abe’s government, all but guarantees his election in a parliamentary vote Wednesday because of the majority held by the Liberal Democrats’ ruling coalition.”A message from Google:Learn more.

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BUSINESS BURST -- “Oracle Wins Bid for TikTok in U.S.; Microsoft Proposal Is Rejected,”by WSJ’s Georgia Wells and Aaron Tilley: “Oracle Corp. won the bidding for the U.S. operations of the video-sharing app TikTok, people familiar with the matter said, beating out Microsoft Corp. in a high-profile deal to salvage a social-media sensation that has been caught in the middle of a geopolitical standoff.

“Oracle is set to be announcedas TikTok’s ‘trusted tech partner’ in the U.S., and the deal is likely not to be structured as an outright sale, the people said. The next step is for the White House and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. to approve the deal, said one of the people, adding that the participants believe it satisfies the concerns around data security that have been previously raised by the U.S. government.”

MEDIAWATCH … NYT’S BEN SMITHcolumn:“The Intercept Promised to Reveal Everything. Then Its Own Scandal Hit”:“The recent history of the news business has been about what happens when your traditional business is disrupted by the internet and your revenues dry up. But at The Intercept and First Look, the story is of a different destabilizing force: gushers of money.”

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As ACC and Big 12 prepare to play, COVID-19 infection rates grow in many Power Five countiesVirginia Tech's season-opener against state rival University of Virginia was postponed Saturday, as cases in Montgomery County, Virginia, where Virginia Tech is located, jumped 141% this week. Check out my Gig on Fiverr: Do You Want To Make eye catching animated logo intro videos 4k In 5? Please Contact Me: logo intro video videointro animatedlogo custom logo animation But they're young and healthy. Drink some bleach and get out there and save the economy, you selfish losers. Trump's got an election to win, after all. 💰⚰️💰⚰️💰⚰️💰⚰️

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