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Happy Wednesday! The Atlanta Braves edged the Milwaukee Brewers last night to punch their ticket to the National League Championship Series, which means the last Morning Dispatch team has been eliminated from the MLB postseason. See you all in April!

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to raise the national debt ceiling by $480 billion, effectively extending government spending through early December. The House’s go-ahead follows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s deal with his chamber’s Democrats to approve a stopgap measure, preventing the U.S. from defaulting on its loans on the stipulation that Democrats pass the next debt ceiling increase through reconciliation. 

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned her chamber of planned cuts to a $3.5 trillion Democratic-led package in her weekly press conference Tuesday, bowing to the reality of continued refusals by moderate Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin to support a bill with such a high price tag.

  • About 4.3 million Americans—about 2.9 percent of the U.S. workforce—left their jobs over the course of August, according to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey on Tuesday. Experts attributed the data point to workers seeking better opportunities in America’s hot job market, with job openings continuing to outnumber unemployed workers.

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