A tearful Dusten Brown yesterday said he would drop the legal challenge to his daughter’s adoption by Charleston couple Matt and Melanie Capobianco, asking that the family withdraw a complaint against Brown of custodial interference. [AP]

As talks in D.C. shift away from health care and to the debt ceiling, Upstate lawmakers say the new tack is more productive than their early strategy. Congressman Mick Mulvaney even said efforts to defund Obamacare were chasing something “but that was never, ever, ever, ever, going to happen after the election.” [Greenville News]

Clair Huxtable is touring the state in support of S.C. Democrats with appearances at USC and Claflin University next week. [The State]

In a blog post on GOPwrite.com yesterday, paperwork supposedly filed by Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Nancy Mace shows that she made more than $13,500 from FITS News, from the sale of her ownership stake in the S.C. political news and gossip blog headed by Will Folks, the former Sanford staffer who says he had an affair with Gov. Nikki Haley. Haley has denied the affair. [The State, GOPwrite]

Gov. Nikki Haley outraised her presumed Democratic opponent Vincent Sheheen nearly 2-to-1 in the third quarter, leaving the governor with $3.2 million cash on hand for next year’s re-election campaign and Sheheen with $1 million in the bank. [The State]

Team USA striker Clint Dempsey, a Furman University product, will play for the Seattle Sounders MLS team in next year’s Carolina Cup Challenge at Blackbaud Stadium. [Press release, P&C]

Students slated to attend James Simons Elementary on Upper King Street who are attending classes at a temporary North Charleston location will have to wait until January to move in as construction delays postpone the project’s completion. [P&C]

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