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9:45 AM ET, October 28, 2021


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Washington Post:
Biden crafts new spending package aimed at attracting all Democrats  —  The White House 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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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, The Daily Wire, RedState and NPR
The progressive promise  —  House progressives say they're willing to stop holding …
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
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.
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
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.
David Siders / Politico:
Biden is getting dragged in the polls. That hasn't stopped Dems from sticking by him.
Discussion: Washington Post and Blue Virginia
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
McAuliffe warns against Youngkin's ‘far-right social agenda’ on abortion, same-sex marriage, ‘book banning’
Discussion: HotAir and Associated Press
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Slowed in Third Quarter on Delta Surge, Supply Crunch  —  Factors that fueled spending faded, including an infusion of government stimulus, business reopenings and rising vaccination rates  —  The U.S. economy grew by 2.0% in the third quarter, with the Delta variant of Covid-19 and supply issues dampening gains.
Discussion: CNBC
Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
Economic growth slowed dramatically to 2% annual rate in third quarter  —  Gross domestic product grew at a 2% annual rate in the third quarter of 2021, the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced on Thursday morning.  —  The growth was slower than what forecasters expected and was well below …
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.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Virginia counties shift election procedures to head off conspiracy theorists
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Discussion: Forbes
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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
Keisha N. Blain / TIME:
Black Political Rights Can't Be Divorced From Economic Justice.  Why Fannie Lou Hamer's Message and Fight Endure Today  —  Their community garden yielded crops that served more than 1,600 families in the Mississippi Delta, as well as other parts of the country.
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 …
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Judge Katie O'Malley retiring from bench, said to be looking at run for Maryland attorney general  —  Former first lady Catherine “Katie” Curran O'Malley said Wednesday that she is retiring as a judge of the Baltimore District Court, and a source close to her said she is seriously considering running …
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.
Isabella Grullón Paz / New York Times:
Lawyer Who Won $9.5 Billion Settlement Against Chevron Reports to Prison  —  Steven Donziger, an environmental activist who won what is considered the largest ever lawsuit against an oil company, was found guilty of contempt of court in July.  —  Steven Donziger, the environmental …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Jonathan A. Greenblatt / Washington Post:
Antisemitism on the left is subtler than on the right.  But it's getting worse.  —  The Sunrise Movement's statement last week showed its slow, steady rise among progressives.  —  The Sunrise Movement knows a lot about climate change.  As the self-described “youth movement to stop climate change …
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New York Times:
Covid-19 Updates: Judge Denies N.Y.C. Police Union Bid to Block Vaccine Mandate
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
Top California Democrat Celebrates Black Panther Accused of Murder
Vanessa Barbara / New York Times:
The Charges Against Bolsonaro Are a Welcome Start
Discussion: Gizmodo
Anna Kramer / Protocol:
Facebook's hiring crisis: Engineers are turning down offers, internal docs show
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Bernie Sanders Can't Count to 52
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Democrats' weaponization of the DOJ is back
Geoff Leo / CBC News:
Indigenous or pretender?  —  Carrie Bourassa, one of the country's most-esteemed Indigenous …
 Earlier Items: 
Leah Douglas / Reuters:
Coronavirus infections at U.S. meat plants far higher than previous estimates -House subcommittee
Discussion: KRON4 and Balloon Juice
Radio Ink:
Bongino Off The Air This Week
Discussion: Forbes
New York Times:
Letitia James Is Preparing Announcement on Run for Governor
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Job Market Ratings Set Record, but Economic Confidence Slides
Discussion: NOQ Report, Breitbart and The Hill
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
David Perdue is considering a primary challenge against Brian Kemp
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and The Hill