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1:30 PM ET, October 28, 2021

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Washington Post:
Biden unveils revised spending plan, exhorts Democrats to back it  —  President Biden on Thursday unveiled a new $1.75 trillion package to overhaul the country's health-care, education, climate and tax laws, muscling through a slew of policy disagreements and internecine political feuds that had stalled his economic agenda for months.
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Kate Sullivan / CNN:
Here's what's in the $1.75 trillion economic plan Biden will try to sell his party  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden on Thursday will make the case for a significantly scaled-back version of his massive economic plan to expand the social safety net hours before departing for his second major foreign trip as president.
The White House:
President Biden Announces the Build Back Better Framework  —  Joe Biden believes that there's no greater economic engine in the world than the hard work and ingenuity of the American people.  But for too long, the economy has worked great for those at the top, while working families continually get squeezed.
The White House:
Build Back Better Framework  —  The Build Back Better Act will create millions of good-paying jobs, enable more Americans to join and remain in the labor force, spur long-term growth, reduce price pressures and set the United States on course to meet its clean energy ambitions.
Discussion: Insider, ACA Signups, Balloon Juice and UPI
Washington Post:
Washington, we might have a reconciliation deal  —  Good morning.  We're sending our love and thoughts to the family of Rafael Morfin, our beloved newsroom finance manager, who died of cancer on Wednesday.  He'll be remembered for his kindness, curiosity, and generosity.  We will miss him so much.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The White House just announced a pretty good deal. But we're not there yet.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Marc Rod / Jewish Insider:
Rep. Jim Clyburn sounds alarm about midterms amid Democratic Party divisions
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
NBC News:
Biden expects to win full Democratic support for new proposal on sweeping spending package
Discussion: The Hill, HotAir and Bloomberg
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden launches rescue mission before Rome
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Biden and Democrats will announce progress on a framework for their social policy and climate bill, but key details remain unresolved.
Discussion: HotAir
Politico:
Trump suggests he might drop a bomb on the Va. gov race.  Then leaves.  —  Donald Trump's proclamation that he'd “soon” visit Virginia as the state's gubernatorial race comes to a close was so unexpected that few outside his inner orbit knew it was coming and the Republican candidate's own campaign was left searching for details.
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Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Will Critical Race Theory Sink McAuliffe?  —  Democrats need to tack to the middle on cultural issues.  —  There are two big reasons that Republican Glenn Youngkin shouldn't be within striking distance of Virginia's state house.  The first is that Virginia has been trending Democratic over the past decade and a half.
Discussion: Townhall
Luke Barr / ABC News:
DOJ reaches settlements with victims' families in 2015 Charleston church shooting  —  Dylann Roof was given the death penalty for murdering nine African Americans.  —  The Justice Department on Thursday announced it had reached settlements with the families of victims murdered by Dylann Roof …
Discussion: Fox News and CBS News
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C. Ryan Barber / Insider:   How a Trump official got ‘canceled’ for backing the president's election conspiracy theories
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Former DOJ official splits with lawyer before Jan. 6 testimony
Discussion: CNN and Alternet.org
Stella Morabito / The Federalist:
Virginia Democrats Claim ‘Free And Fair’ Election While Rigging It Again  —  Democrats sure want you to believe the electoral changes they enacted for 2021 in Virginia somehow add up to ‘free and fair.’ The reality is the opposite.  —  A lot of roadside signs for Virginia's Democrat …
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Washington Post:
An army of poll watchers — many driven by GOP's ‘election integrity’ push — turns out across Virginia  —  Loudoun County General Registrar Judy Brown doesn't recall seeing many poll watchers during early voting last year — they usually turn up only on Election Day, primarily during presidential elections.
Discussion: NBC4 Washington
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Virginia counties shift election procedures to head off conspiracy theorists
Discussion: Fox News and The Gateway Pundit
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Vatican cancels live broadcast of Biden greeting pope  —  ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Thursday abruptly canceled the planned live broadcast of U.S. President Joe Biden meeting Pope Francis, the latest restriction to media coverage of the Holy See.  —  The Vatican press office provided …
Robert Faturechi / ProPublica:
Burr's Brother-in-Law Called Stock Broker, One Minute After Getting Off Phone With Senator  —  According to the SEC, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, then chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had material nonpublic information about coronavirus impact.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Washington Post:
U.S. economy grew at annual rate of 2% in the third quarter, as delta variant pulled back progress  —  The GDP report, released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, offered yet another snapshot of an economy overshadowed by the ongoing pandemic  —  The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate …
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Carla K. Johnson / Associated Press:
Cheap antidepressant shows promise treating early COVID-19  —  A cheap antidepressant reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19 in a study hunting for existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat coronavirus.  —  Researchers tested the pill used for depression …
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Christian Schneider / The Bulwark:
The GOP Is the Theranos Party  —  “To try to do something which is inherently impossible is always a corrupting enterprise.”  —  If you listen to Elizabeth Holmes's attorney, the only thing the Theranos founder is guilty of, is being a dreamer.  —  “The villain the government just presented …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Wall Street Journal publishes letter from Trump claiming ‘rigged’ election  —  The publication of the letter, citing baseless and debunked claims, was criticized for pushing the traditional boundaries of a letters-to-the-editor page  —  Twitter may be maintaining its ban on Donald Trump …
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Doug Coxson / CambridgeToday.ca:
Books deemed ‘harmful to staff and students’ are being removed from region's public school libraries  —  WRDSB has developed a framework to identify and remove inappropriate or questionable texts  —  The Waterloo Region District School Board is undertaking a multi-year review …
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Clinton Campaign Spread Alfa Bank Ruse Throughout Obama Admin to Press Trump-Russia Probe  —  A Hillary Clinton campaign operation to plant a false rumor about Donald Trump setting up a “secret hotline” to Moscow through a Russian bank was much broader than known and involved multiple U.S. agencies …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Texas lawmaker says 850 books ranging from race to sexuality could cause ‘discomfort’  —  Teachers union fires back: “What will Rep. Krause propose next?  Burning books he and a handful of parents find objectionable?”  —  A Texas Republican lawmaker has drawn up a list of 850 books …
Discussion: NPR, Off the Kuff and LGBTQ Nation
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
The 37-Year-Olds Are Afraid of the 23-Year-Olds Who Work for Them  —  Twenty-somethings rolling their eyes at the habits of their elders is a longstanding trend, but many employers said there's a new boldness in the way Gen Z dictates taste.  —  As a millennial with a habit of lurking on TikTok …
Discussion: Gawker
Megan Basham / The Daily Wire:
WATCH: Twix Halloween Ad Features Transgender Child, Suggests Violence Against Those Who Disagree Acceptable  —  A new Halloween-themed commercial for Twix candy bars that features a cross-dressing child had social media fuming on Wednesday.  —  In the ad, a young boy in a princess dress opens …
 
 
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