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5 things you need to know Wednesday

Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, left, and Donald Trump appear during the CNN Republican presidential debate on Sept. 16.(Photo: Mark J. The question stands if Carly Fiorina can regain her polling numbers, and if Jeb Bush has the staying power to continue in the race.

2. House to vote on budget deal

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a bipartisan, two year budget deal supported by the White House. The deal, which was reached this week,would suspend the debt ceiling until March 2017; that pushesany argumentover the debt limit beyond the 2016 election cycle and placesit into the hands of a new presidential administration and a new Congress. The deal also creates a two year budget plan that would bring some relief from across the board spending cuts and would createa path to avoida government shutdown in December.

House Speaker John Boehner listens as President Obama speaks to reporters at the White House in this Jan. 13, 2015, photo. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)

3. Former House speakerto plead guilty

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert who is accused of lying to the FBI about making structured bank transactions to pay hush money to someone he wronged years ago is expected to plead guilty to the charges Wednesday. Hastert served 20 years in Congress and was indicted in May. While the plea agreement could mean that Hastert could spend time in prison, it could also mean that the 73 year old can keep embarrassing details about his past out of the public eye.

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse in June in Chicago after his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about money when questioned by the FBI. (Photo: Christian K. Lee, AP)

4. All ears tuned to the Fed for interest rate clues

Economists say there is virtually no chance the Federal Reserve will announce an interest rate hike when its two day meeting concludes Wednesday. But just what will itsay? The policymaking committeeheld off on a rate increase last month, citing global economic troubles. However,13 of 17 committeemembers still projected the central bank would raise its benchmark rate this year. Since then, job growth and some measures of consumer spending have slumped. The big drama now seems to be whether the Fed will indicate that a rate hike is still possible this year, or whether it will wait until 2016 to act.

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen answers questions at a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting Sept. 17. (Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images)

5. Prince Harry visits the USA to help wounded warriors

Britain’s Prince Harry will join Michelle Obama and Jill Biden in Virginia on Wednesday to promote the May 2016 Invictus Games an international sporting competition for injured military members. In an effort to highlight the importance of mental health and well being inservice personnel, Harrywill visit the Fort Belvoirmilitary base to meet wounded servicemen and women. The prince spearheaded the Games last year, which were first held in London in September 2014. The 2016games will be in Orlando.

Happy birthday, Prince Harry. The ginger prince turns 31 on Sept. 15. We take a look back at his eventful 31 years. Mary’s Hospital in London with newborn Prince Henry Charles Albert David, known from that point on as just Prince Harry, on Sept. 15, 1984.

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