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10:10 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.
Discussion: Kansas Reflector
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
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 …
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
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 and The Hill
HuffPost:   Child Tax Credit Won't Get ‘Work Requirement,’ Democrats Say
The progressive promise  —  House progressives say they're willing to stop holding …
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?
Discussion: 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
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
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
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
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
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: WPTA21
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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Jonathan A. Greenblatt / Washington Post:
Antisemitism on the left is subtler than on the right. But it's getting worse.
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Discussion: Law & Crime
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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