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IN CONGRESS

Joe Manchin makes the rules: 

The House is back today trying to pass 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’s bipartisan infrastructure plan amid internal Democratic fights over spending.  

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 is the key to is all: Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is in the driver’s seat and letting liberal Democrats in the House and Senate know that he plans to set the terms for the budget reconciliation bill that they hope to use to enact President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda.” https://bit.ly/2ZNHTWK 

What Manchin wants: Manchin said his spending limit for the reconciliation bill is $1.5 trillion. That is well below the $3.5 trillion spending goal set by the budget resolution that he and every other Senate Democrat voted for last month. https://bit.ly/3m9sCa0 

Progressives are furious about the timing of Manchin’s announcement: Manchin made his top-line announcement just hours before the vote of the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the two-party strategy.

WHERE THINGS STAND THIS AFTERNOON:

In the center: Moderates are demanding a vote.  

On the left: Rep. Pramilia Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Progressive Caucus, wants a Senate vote on the reconciliation bill before the House votes on infrastructure. 

With Democratic leadership: 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 (D-Calif.) and others are meeting in the Capitol basement to negotiate. More life updateshttps://bit.ly/2YlpTlY

That tomorrow problem from yesterday is now today’s problem:

House Democratic leaders decided to postpone the infrastructure vote once again as negotiations continue. https://bit.ly/3op7tf1 

Why — to avoid embarrassment: “After a long day of meetings between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the warring centrist and progressive factions of the caucus, as well as with White House staff, Democrats opted to delay a vote planned for Thursday rather than allow an embarrassing public failure on the House floor.” 

When the vote could happen: Well, when Pelosi left the Capitol after midnight, she said the vote would happen later today.

TODAY’S HOUSE SESSION COULD BE EVENTFUL — FOLLOW IT LIVE:

Livestream from C-SPANhttps://bit.ly/3oq2VVM 

Liveblog of updateshttps://bit.ly/2YlpTlY

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CHARLES SCHUMER (D-N.Y.) IS FEELING THE HEAT THE GET MANCHIN AND SINEMA ON BOARD:

Via The Hill’s Aris Folley and Naomi Jagodahttps://bit.ly/3abvb6d

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Kysten Sinema is another key to it all:

Via Axios’s Hans Nichols, “Sen. 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’s political allies have some free advice for anyone trying to bully the wine-drinking triathlete into supporting President Biden's $3.5 trillion budget bill: She doesn’t play by Washington’s rules — and she's prepared to walk away.” https://bit.ly/3utNDAf 

How she is playing the situation: “Sinema — unlike fellow holdout Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) — rarely telegraphs her precise intentions, leaving political adversaries guessing about her ultimate goals.”  

The full storyhttps://bit.ly/3utNDAf

HOW THE DEMOCRATIC CIVIL WAR HAS HIT NEW HEIGHTS:

Via The Hill’s Hanna Trudohttps://bit.ly/3olCAIl

THE DEBT FIGHT IS ONCE AGAIN RENEWING THE FILIBUSTER DEBATE:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/3ioUWUK

The most glamorous:

 

Reporters wait for lawmakers in a hallway

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Lol:

 

The general mood on Capitol Hill

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NEWS THIS MORNING

I’d like to propose a toast to Merck:

 

 

Pharmaceutical company Merck has developed an oral medication that was shown to reduce COVID-19 hospitalization by 50 percent — and is now seeking emergency authorization for its use. https://bit.ly/3kVrqb4

Does that apply to variants?: Yes, it appears to be effective on all variants of COVID-19, including delta. 

Read the company’s full statement on the drughttps://bit.ly/3kVrqb4

Details of the study: Via Stat News, “A five-day course of molnupiravir .. reduced both hospitalization and death compared to a placebo. In the placebo group, 53 patients, or 14.1%, were hospitalized or died. For those who received the drug, 28, or 7.3%, were hospitalized or died.” https://bit.ly/3kWEjBJ

Justice Kavanaugh tests positive:

Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughWhy Latinos need Supreme Court reform Feehery: A Republican Congress is needed to fight left's slide to autocracy The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats to scale back agenda MORE tested positive for COVID-19 while getting a precautionary test before Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s investiture ceremony. https://bit.ly/3oqets4 

Is he vaccinated?: Yes, he has been fully vaccinated since January, according to the court. And so is his family. 

How is he feeling?: He has no symptoms.

Read the announcement from the courthttps://bit.ly/39XF332

 

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LATEST WITH COVID-19

Interesting read — I’ve been wondering this myself:

Vox’s Dylan Scott answers “why people who don’t trust vaccines are embracing unproven drugs.” https://bit.ly/3kZ8J6f

Excerpt: “In communities of hardened vaccine skeptics, new information isn’t necessarily treated as an opportunity to reassess their beliefs. Instead, new facts are seen either as affirmation of what this community already believes or as a distraction that should be dismissed because it doesn’t neatly sort into their anti-vaccine narrative.”  

How ivermectin fits inhttps://bit.ly/3kZ8J6f

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 43,463,260 

U.S. death toll: 697,920 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 393 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 725,777 doses

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million. 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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What is finsta?

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Well played:

 

Bringing the baby to work

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ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. Harris is leaving for California for the night. 

9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris leaves for Palm Springs, Calif.

WHAT TO WATCH:

11 a.m. EDT: The White House COVID Response Team held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3mjjT58 

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. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3mcP2aF

IN LIGHTER NEWS:

Today is National Homemade Cookies Day!

And to get your weekend off to a good start, here is Michael Scott in dog form: https://bit.ly/3zVsn7n