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3:10 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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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.
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.
Politico:
Sinema reached prescription drug negotiation deal with Biden  —  Kyrsten Sinema struck an agreement on prescription drug pricing with President Joe Biden as part of Democrats' social spending talks, though it's at risk of ultimately being excluded as the party tries to reach a deal that can pass.
CNN:
Pelosi warns Democrats not to ‘embarrass’ Biden as leaders push for infrastructure vote
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.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Announces Multi-Million Dollar Civil Settlement in Principle in Mother Emanuel Charleston Church Mass Shooting  —  Department Agrees to Settle Allegations Surrounding FBI Actions  —  Today, the Department of Justice announced that it has reached an agreement in principle …
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C. Ryan Barber / Insider:   How a Trump official got ‘canceled’ for backing the president's election conspiracy theories
Luke Barr / ABC News:
DOJ reaches settlements with victims' families in 2015 Charleston church shooting
Discussion: Fox News and CBS News
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
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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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 …
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Biden-Pope Francis meeting: Vatican cancels plans for live broadcast without explanation
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: Roll Call and Bloomberg
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Washington Post:
Washington, we might have a reconciliation deal
Marc Rod / Jewish Insider:
Rep. Jim Clyburn sounds alarm about midterms amid Democratic Party divisions
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
The U.S. is no longer setting the agenda in Afghanistan  —  Welcome to The Daily 202!  Tell your friends to sign up here.  I'm Missy Ryan, your host for the day, and I cover diplomacy and national security for The Post.  Olivier will be back on Monday.  —  The big idea
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Wall Street Journal:
Four U.S. Intelligence Agencies Produced Extensive Reports on Afghanistan, but All Failed to Predict Kabul's Rapid Collapse
Discussion: Human Events and Forbes
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 …
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?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Townhall
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Facebook just revealed its new name: Meta  —  The company announced the rebranding during Facebook Connect  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday at the company's Connect event that the social media platform's new name will be Meta.  “We are a company that builds technology to connect,” Zuckerberg said.
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Washington Post:   Facebook told the White House to focus on the ‘facts’ about vaccine misinformation. Internal documents show it wasn't sharing key data.
Terry Gross / NPR:
Trump's strategy to overturn the 2020 election didn't work.  Next time it might  —  On the night before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa walked through the streets of D.C., surrounded by a throng of Trump supporters.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The GOP's many allusions to armed revolution and justified violence
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Geraldo Rivera criticizes his Fox News colleague Tucker Carlson.  —  Tucker Carlson, the top-rated Fox News host, faced criticism on Thursday — including from a prominent colleague at his own network — after he announced plans for a documentary series featuring debunked conspiracy theories …
Discussion: The Hill
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Joe Skurzewski / KFYR-TV:
North Dakota lawmaker barred from flight following incident with Minot TSA agent  —  MINOT, N.D. - A North Dakota lawmaker was barred from boarding a flight at Minot International Airport Monday, following an incident with a TSA agent.  —  Rep. Jeff Hoverson, R-Minot, said he and his wife …
Discussion: The Hill
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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Zachary Halaschak / Washington Examiner:
Economic growth slowed dramatically to 2% annual rate in third quarter
CNN:
January 6 committee is losing patience with Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows as it seeks his testimony  —  (CNN)Members of the House select committee investigating January 6 are losing patience with the pace of talks with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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