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President BidenJoe BidenMcAuliffe holds slim lead over Youngkin in Fox News poll Biden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan MORE is meeting with Democrats, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCongress is hell-bent on a spooky spending spree Pelosi on addressing climate through reconciliation package: 'This is our moment' House progressives lay out priorities for spending negotiations MORE (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters McConnell-aligned group targeting Kelly, Cortez Masto and Hassan with M ad campaign MORE (N.Y.), to discuss his struggling domestic agenda.
Why today is crucial, from CNN’s Phil Mattingly and Lauren Fox: “It will mark the most expansive in-person engagement Biden has undertaken since he took office and underscores just how critical this moment is for his presidency. Officials say he'll also be on the phone with Democrats regularly in the days ahead as well.” https://cnn.it/3ufdID7
On the docket: Keeping the government open, the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the debt ceiling and the social spending bill.
TIDBIT — OF COURSE MANCHIN AND SINEMA ARE INVOLVED:
CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted that Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Climate divides conservative Democrats in reconciliation push MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Climate divides conservative Democrats in reconciliation push Pelosi on addressing climate through reconciliation package: 'This is our moment' MORE (D-Ariz.) will be visiting the White House today. https://bit.ly/3krRIkV
Politico’s Heather Caygle and Marianne Levine have a running list of who is attending: https://bit.ly/3o51oE2
MEANWHILE — BIDEN’S APPROVAL RATING DROPS:
President Biden’s approval rating has dropped to a record-low 43 percent, according to a new Gallup poll. https://bit.ly/3hUUlKg
The full poll: https://bit.ly/3nWrKrX
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Everyone is playing chicken on the debt limit:
Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Republicans are warning that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights MORE (R-Ky.) won’t blink as Congress barrels toward dual fiscal debt-shutdown cliffs, with massive economic consequences.” https://bit.ly/3Cw3j8K
How so: “Democrats are seeking to suspend the debt ceiling through 2022, tying it to a short-term government funding bill and disaster relief, in a move aimed at squeezing McConnell and GOP senators by bringing the fight to a head just days before the Oct. 1 deadline for preventing a government shutdown.”
It could get pretty messy: https://bit.ly/3Cw3j8K
SPOTTED LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE THIS MORNING:
Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Climate divides conservative Democrats in reconciliation push 12 top U.S. officials to join Biden at major climate conference As domestic challenges pile up, Biden is quietly winning on the international stage MORE. Photo of her walking to the car: https://bit.ly/39qeByS
HOW THE DEBT CEILING FIGHT IS PITTING CORPORATE AMERICA AGAINST REPUBLICANS:
Via The Hill’s Karl Evers-Hillstrom: https://bit.ly/2ZnUHmr
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators preview bill to stop tech giants from prioritizing their own products Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Tim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter MORE (R-S.C.) has told colleagues that former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion Bennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump MORE has conceded in recent private conversations that Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.) ‘helped’ him during his four years in office, even as the former president rails against the Republican leader in public.” https://bit.ly/3zAEXZA
How we know: “Two GOP senators told The Hill about the conversations Graham, who played golf with Trump over the weekend, has had with his GOP colleagues.”
Why this matters — Graham is trying to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet: “One GOP senator described Graham as trying to mend fences between the two most powerful Republicans in the country, who have publicly warred throughout 2021.”
‘DEMOCRATS FACE BLEAK OUTLOOK IN FLORIDA’:
Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood: https://bit.ly/2XMNjQY
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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Choose your favorite preschool song about sharing:
Via The New York Times’s Stephanie Nolen and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “As President Biden convenes heads of state for a COVID-19 summit on Wednesday, pressure is growing on American drug companies — particularly Moderna, the upstart biotech firm that developed its coronavirus vaccine with billions of dollars in taxpayer money — to share their formulas with manufacturers in nations that desperately need more shots.” https://nyti.ms/3nY7giK
‘U.S. SET TO DONATE 500 MILLION MORE VACCINE DOSES TO THE WORLD’:
The full story, from The Washington Post’s Annabelle Timsit: https://wapo.st/2XGRyOd
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 42,420,384
U.S. death toll: 678,584
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 387 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 764,423 doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
IN WASHINGTON, DC
Goodbye and good riddance, Dave Thomas Circle Wendy’s!:
The infamous Wendy’s in the dangerous maze that is Dave Thomas Circle closed yesterday.
Why is a Wendy’s so infamous?: Dave Thomas Circle is a wildly confusing and dangerous intersection with a Wendy’s smack-dab in the middle. D.C. Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserBowser declares October 2021 'LGBTQ History Month' in DC DC Council member plans to challenge Bowser for mayor Lobbying world MORE announced that the Wendy’s is closing with plans to reconfigure the intersection.
WTOP News pointed out: “The intersection has ranked among the most accident-prone in the District.” https://bit.ly/3u1P7Bj
What to expect: “The District is still working on the minutiae of its final plans for the design of the future intersection, which will add two-way traffic to First Street Northeast and restore two-way traffic on Florida Avenue Northeast.” Plus: Bike lanes, public parks and curbs. https://bit.ly/3u1P7Bj
The reaction from locals: “While some regulars bemoaned the loss of a convenient burger joint and an only-in-Washington oddity, others who live nearby were thrilled.” Full explanation and farewell from The Washington Post’s Luz Lazo: https://wapo.st/2XGsHcH
My favorite reaction: The Washington Post’s Dave Jorgenson tweeted, “this is what you get for making square patties in a circle shaped like a triangle” https://bit.ly/39pbWFM
No other city can do it quite like New York can:
The House and Senate are in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.
9:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.
12:30 – 3 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3kwUdT7
This afternoon: President Biden meets with members of the House and Senate to discuss the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation bill. Op-ed: https://bit.ly/3lRiYZt
5:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris meets with Zambia’s president, Hakainde Hichilema.
WHAT TO WATCH:
11 a.m. EDT: President Biden convened a virtual COVID-19 summit on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3AxuUpJ
1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion DeSantis pledges to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandates Biden likely to tap Robert Califf to return as FDA head MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/39pdlMy
1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris leads a session at the president’s virtual COVID-19 summit. The topic: Preparing and preventing future pandemics. Livestream: https://bit.ly/39rx126
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
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