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Washington Post:
Biden to announce new social spending framework expected to win support of all Democrats  —  President Biden plans to announce Thursday a revised framework for his social spending plan that he expects will gain the support of all Democrats, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation …
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Marc Rod / Jewish Insider:
Rep. Jim Clyburn sounds alarm about midterms amid Democratic Party divisions  —  'I'm not too sure that Democrats have yet developed the will to win in 2022,' the third- ranking House Democrat warned  —  Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the third-highest ranking Democrat in the House …
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Biden to detail core elements of $1.75 trillion economic and climate package in effort to jumpstart action on the Hill  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden will lay out long-awaited details of his $1.75 trillion economic and climate package to House Democrats on Thursday when he attends a caucus meeting …
Discussion: Politico, National Review and WPTA21
Nicholas Wu / Politico:
Biden is coming to the Hill.  Now what?  —  ARE WE THERE YET?  Democrats once again started this week projecting confidence about passing their infrastructure bill and the broader social spending plan.  Well, it's Thursday, and there's no deal yet.  But President Joe Biden hopes to turn …
Discussion: Bloomberg, CBS News and Roll Call
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.
Discussion: HotAir, RedState, NPR and Common Dreams
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden launches rescue mission before Rome  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING THIS MORNING: President JOE BIDEN is expected to announce a new framework for his reconciliation package “that he expects will gain the support of all Democrats” ahead of his visit to Capitol Hill this morning …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Who is killing the billionaires' tax?  —  Well, that was fast.  Less than 24 hours after Democrats introduced a new proposal for a billionaires' tax, Democratic leaders have pronounced it on life support, after Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) expressed grave doubts about the proposal.
HuffPost:   Child Tax Credit Won't Get ‘Work Requirement,’ Democrats Say
CNN:
Paid leave falls out of Democratic package in urgent scramble to secure Manchin's support
Donald J. Trump / Wall Street Journal:
President Trump Responds on Pennsylvania's 2020 Election  —  Donald Trump writes a letter to the editor.  —  In your editorial “The Election for Pennsylvania's High Court” (Oct. 25), you state the fact that a court wrongly said mail-in ballots could be counted after Election Day.
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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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The 14 things you need to know about Trump's letter in the Wall Street Journal
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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David Siders / Politico:
Biden is getting dragged in the polls.  That hasn't stopped Dems from sticking by him.  —  The last time Virginia and New Jersey elected governors in 2017, then-President Donald Trump was nowhere to be found.  With his approval rating below 40 percent, neither GOP nominee wanted him anywhere near their campaigns.
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
McAuliffe warns against Youngkin's ‘far-right social agenda’ on abortion, same-sex marriage, ‘book banning’
Discussion: HotAir and Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Four U.S. Intelligence Agencies Produced Extensive Reports on Afghanistan, but All Failed to Predict Kabul's Rapid Collapse  —  Summaries of intelligence reports show how agencies diverged over the strength of the Afghan government and military  —  WASHINGTON—Leading U.S. intelligence agencies failed …
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 …
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.
Laina G. Stebbins / Michigan Advance:
As Kellogg strike stretches past 3 weeks, workers say they've noted lack of GOP lawmaker support  —  On a chilly October afternoon in Battle Creek, also known as the “cereal capital of the world,” a large crowd of union workers and supporters gathered Wednesday across from the Kellogg headquarters …
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
How a Trump official got ‘canceled’ for backing the president's election conspiracy theories  — Jeffrey Clark faces inquiries into his work helping Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election.  — When the House subpoenaed him, Clark disappeared from the website of a conservative legal group.
Discussion: Politico and Alternet.org
Scott Neuman / NPR:
Merck will allow drugmakers in other countries to make its COVID-19 pill  —  U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. said it will license drugmakers worldwide to produce its potentially lifesaving antiviral pill for treatment of COVID-19 in adults.  —  The drug, known as molnupiravir …
Andrew Court / New York Post:
'Let's Go Brandon' rapper Bryson Gray boots Adele out of No. 1 spot with banned anti-Biden song  —  Cover your ears, President Biden!  —  A controversial new rap song mocking the leader of the free world has rocketed to the top of the iTunes charts, booting Adele from the No. 1 spot …
Joel Kotkin / The American Mind:
Slow Boat from China  —  What happens when the weakest link in the chain is you?  —  To some in the Biden Administration, the supply chain crisis can be dismissed as a loss of East Asian-made consumer trinkets that, as Vox tells us, we could all be better off without—or as White House …
Discussion: Instapundit
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
Murphy Maintains Lead  —  Slight narrowing in governor race, but little change overall  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Phil Murphy maintains a sizable lead over Jack Ciattarelli, although the margin has narrowed over the past two months, according to the final Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll of the New Jersey governor's race.
Geoff Leo / CBC News:
Indigenous or pretender?  —  Carrie Bourassa, one of the country's most-esteemed Indigenous health experts, claims to be Métis, Anishinaabe and Tlinglit.  Some of her colleagues say there's no evidence of that.  —  With a feather in her hand and a bright blue shawl and Métis sash draped …
New York Times:
Letitia James Is Preparing Announcement on Run for Governor  —  Ms. James, the New York attorney general, did not reveal her decision, but her top aides have told political and union leaders that she will run.  —  Letitia James, New York's attorney general, is preparing to announce as soon …
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Democrats' weaponization of the DOJ is back  —  In 2009, a national, grassroots movement known as the Tea Party emerged in cities across the country to combat then-President Obama's radical spending agenda and government takeover of American health care.  Bureaucrats at the IRS and Department …
Leah Douglas / Reuters:
Coronavirus infections at U.S. meat plants far higher than previous estimates -House subcommittee  —  Workers at the leading U.S. meatpacking plants experienced cases and death from COVID-19 that were up to three times previous estimates, according to a report by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis seen by Reuters.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and KRON4
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
David Perdue is considering a primary challenge against Brian Kemp  —  Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue is seriously considering mounting a Republican primary challenge against Gov. Brian Kemp, according to a number of GOP activists and operatives, which would set up a divisive showdown between …
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and The Hill
Matt Egan / CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene invested as much as $50,000 in the Trump SPAC before its stock plunged  —  New York (CNN Business)Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene bought as much as $50,000 worth of shares in a shell company that is merging with former President Donald Trump's new media venture, according to a financial disclosure form.
Radio Ink:
Bongino Off The Air This Week  —  Several affiliates have told Radio Ink that Westwood One has put The Dan Bongino Show into “best of” mode for the remainder of the week.  His program was not on the radio yesterday.  Bongino has been ranting on his show about Cumulus' vaccine mandate.
Discussion: Forbes
Anna Kramer / Protocol:
Facebook's hiring crisis: Engineers are turning down offers, internal docs show  —  Facebook cannot find enough candidates to meet engineering demand, especially in the Bay Area, and has struggled and failed to meet early 2021 recruiting goals, according to a detailed internal memo outlining recruitment strategy and hiring pains.
 
 
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Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Top California Democrat Celebrates Black Panther Accused of Murder
Vanessa Barbara / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
Stacey Abrams group donates more than $1 million to erase medical debts of people in five states
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Rachel Treisman / NPR:
Fox anchor Neil Cavuto urged viewers to get vaccinated. Then came the death threats
Discussion: Florida Politics and Alternet.org
Louis Jacobson / PolitiFact:
Fact-checking Ron DeSantis on job growth in Florida
Discussion: Twitchy
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Bernie Sanders Can't Count to 52
New York Times:
At McKinsey, Widespread Furor Over Work With Planet's Biggest Polluters
Politico:
Liberty U president says on tape that ‘getting people elected’ is his goal
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Job Market Ratings Set Record, but Economic Confidence Slides
Discussion: NOQ Report, Breitbart and The Hill
Jonathan M. Katz / The Racket:
Some ‘very fine people’ walk into a courthouse
Discussion: Slate
Mary Kekatos / Daily Mail:
How did Florida end up with one of the best COVID-19 case and death rates in the US despite Gov Ron DeSantis refusing to implement mask or vaccine mandates?