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4:20 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.
David Dayen / American Prospect:   What's in the Build Back Better Framework
Politico:   Liberals weigh their options: Settle for half a loaf, or fight
Politico:
Fractious Dems struggle to unite around $1.75T megabill
Washington Post:
Washington, we might have a reconciliation deal
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The White House just announced a pretty good deal. But we're not there yet.
Discussion: Roll Call and Bloomberg
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.
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
Discussion: Townhall, The Daily Wire and Twitchy
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 company'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.
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
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
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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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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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
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
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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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
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, Mediaite and Insider
David P. Goldman / Asia Times:
US GDP data show stagflation  —  US looks dead in the water, inflation devouring demand stimulus the government poured into post-Covid economy  —  Net of inventory accumulation, real GDP for the third quarter was slightly negative, US government data released Thursday morning show.
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Washington Post:
U.S. economy grew at annual rate of 2% in the third quarter, as delta variant pulled back progress
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Criminal summons erroneously issued against former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo  —  ALBANY — A criminal summons charging former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with forcible touching was erroneously issued by Albany City Court on Thursday after a sheriff's investigator shared paperwork with the court summarizing their investigation.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Political Wire
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
 
 
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Discussion: Reason
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Discussion: Bloomberg and CNN
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