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11:05 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 …
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.
Discussion: Insider
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: UPI
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The White House just announced a pretty good deal.  But we're not there yet.  —  On a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, the White House announced the rough outlines of a framework on President Biden's Build Back Better agenda.  —  However, there were still so many unknowns …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Deadline
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 and IJR
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
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.
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 and HuffPost
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
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.
Stella Morabito / The Federalist:   Virginia Democrats Claim ‘Free And Fair’ Election While Rigging It Again
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Virginia counties shift election procedures to head off conspiracy theorists
Discussion: 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 …
Discussion: The Hill and WPTA21
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.
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 …
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Slowed in Third Quarter on Delta Surge, Supply Crunch
Discussion: HotAir, CNBC and Human Events
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
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 …
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 …
Doug Coxson /
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 …
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 …
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
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Media to Chappelle and Sinema: Conform or else  —  If there's one thing the Left loves, it's deciding who is and isn't a real member of a historically marginalized group. … Comedian Dave Chappelle, for example, is out with another Netflix special that both praises and criticizes the transgender community.
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
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Previews Batsh*t Special That Alleges Liberals Will Conduct ‘Patriot Purge’ and Suggests 1/6 Was a ‘False Flag’  —  Tucker Carlson previewed a trailer on Wednesday for an upcoming three-part series for his Tucker Carlson Originals and it is absolutely wild.
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 …
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 …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Will the Real Joe Manchin Please Stand Up?
Discussion: HotAir and CNN
Keisha N. Blain / TIME:
Black Political Rights Can't Be Divorced From Economic Justice. Why Fannie Lou Hamer's Message and Fight Endure Today
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore Judge Katie O'Malley retiring from bench, said to be looking at run for Maryland attorney general
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
Joel Kotkin / The American Mind:
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Discussion: Instapundit
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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 …