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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.
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.
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.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
What's in the Build Back Better Framework  —  It has its selling points.  But it doesn't appear to meet the test of permanent, hassle-free, and meaningful.  —  After six months of wrangling, the Biden White House has released a framework for the Build Back Better Act.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The White House just announced a pretty good deal. But we're not there yet.
Discussion: Roll Call and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Washington, we might have a reconciliation deal
CNN:
Pelosi warns Democrats not to ‘embarrass’ Biden as leaders push for infrastructure vote
Marc Rod / Jewish Insider:
Rep. Jim Clyburn sounds alarm about midterms amid Democratic Party divisions
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
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.
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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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: CBS News and Fox 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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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Virginia counties shift election procedures to head off conspiracy theorists
Discussion: Fox News
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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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 …
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Maria Izabel Campos Simplicio / The Lancet Global …:
Effect of early treatment with fluvoxamine on risk of emergency care and hospitalisation among patients with COVID-19: the TOGETHER randomised, platform clinical trial
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
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.
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 …
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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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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration in Talks to Pay Hundreds of Millions to Immigrant Families Separated at Border  —  Government is considering payments of $450,000 per person affected by Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy in 2018 for asylum seekers illegally crossing border
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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