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LATEST WITH THE DEBT CEILING
*practices deep radio voice* — We interrupt this recess for a quick vote:
The House, which is scheduled to be out of session until Oct. 19, will now briefly return on Tuesday for a vote to increase the debt ceiling. https://bit.ly/3AqauOe
Why this couldn’t wait: Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenUS deficit hits .8 trillion, second largest in history Financial oversight panel unveils climate risk plan On The Money — Democrats eye tough choices as deadline looms MORE said the U.S. government will default on its loans on Oct. 18. The House wasn’t expected to return until after that.
The bill: The House will vote on the Senate-passed bill to increase the debt limit through Dec. 3. https://bit.ly/3AiX5rv
^ The small caveat: Technically, the new debt limit is limited to $480 billion dollars, not Dec. 3 specifically. But it’s estimated that the new limit will hit on Dec. 3.
It’s a good question: With proxy voting, I wonder how many House members will make the trip back to Washington, D.C., for this one vote.
11 REPUBLICAN SENATORS WHO HELPED ADVANCE THE DEBT EXTENSION:
Including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHouse passes bill to expand workplace protections for nursing mothers Democrats look for plan B on filibuster Senate will vote on John Lewis voting bill as soon as next week MORE (R-Alaska). The full list: https://bit.ly/3akc3ml
OK, EVERYONE, JUST RELAX. NO NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE *WHISPERS* FILIBUSTER:
Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "Republicans are hoping that a short-term debt extension takes some of the Democratic pressure off Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Biden seeks to quell concerns over climate proposals MORE(D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaBiden injects new momentum into filibuster fight On The Money — Democrats confident cuts won't water down bill Sinema's office outlines opposition to tax rate hikes MORE (D-Ariz.) to reform the filibuster.” https://bit.ly/3ahfcn7
Happy Friday! I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to firstname.lastname@example.org — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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NEWS THIS MORNING
Ouch, September was pretty weak:
The U.S. economy added a very disappointing 194,000 jobs in September amid the delta surge. https://bit.ly/3AuxV9u
What economists had expected: Roughly 500,000 jobs added in September
A little better news: The unemployment rate fell sharply to 4.8 percent.
I.e.: It’s pretty bad, but not as bad as the topline number indicates.
Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, “Democrats are worried about another White House bid by former President Trump, something that is appearing increasingly likely on the eve of an Iowa rally by the leading potential GOP candidate.” https://bit.ly/3AmzOVt
Do Democrats think he will be easy or hard to run against?: “While some are confident a new Trump candidacy would bring out a wave of Democratic voters to defeat him, others are worried he could return to power. And that’s enough to bring shudders to most in the party.”
HAPPENING TOMORROW — TRUMP IS HOLDING A RALLY IN IOWA:
And one does not just simply “hold a rally in Iowa.”
Rally details from The Des Moines Register: https://bit.ly/2WSgeTi
Livestream — it starts at 8 p.m. EDT: https://bit.ly/3Apif72
‘NEW TRUMP REVELATIONS BOLSTER CRITICS WHILE FANS SHRUG:
Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “New information is emerging about former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE’s attempts to overturn the result of the 2020 election — including in a Senate report released Thursday.” https://bit.ly/3ahIphC
What we learned from the Senate report: “The accretion of new details makes it starker than ever that Trump’s wishes, had they been followed, would have hurled the United States into a constitutional crisis.”
Does this matter?: “Yet none of this seems to matter at all to the GOP grassroots, or to most of the party’s elected officials, who overwhelmingly give Trump their support.”
Read Stanage’s full column on what these revelations mean: https://bit.ly/3ahIphC
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
“Anticipation is building that younger children will soon be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a major milestone on the path out of the pandemic.” https://bit.ly/3BsJteo
When it could be approved: “A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel will meet Oct. 26 to vote on granting the authorization” of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11.
^ Followed by: “A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel meeting will occur soon after, and official clearance could come as early as that same day.”
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 44,166,808
U.S. death toll: 710,319
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 400 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 953,230 doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING
What even is Food Network without Bobby Flay??:
Via Variety’s Cynthia Littleton, “Superstar chef Bobby Flay and Food Network are poised to part ways after a 27-year run that has made the restaurateur and businessman one of the country’s most recognizable culinary figures.” https://bit.ly/3llEYwz
Why??: It appears to be financial. Flay’s contract is up at the end of the year and the two sides couldn’t agree on a number.
Flay has been a part of Food Network from the start: Flay has been on Food Network since 1994, within the first year of the cable station’s start.
Truly a work of art:
Read her full review — those colors are deceiving! https://bit.ly/3iLq0hI
You can allegedly buy these at Walgreen’s. But please don’t. https://bit.ly/3mGAqAG
Seriously, you may see yourself out.
The House and Senate are out. President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Harris is in New Jersey for the day.
9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.
9:35 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris left for Newark, N.J.
10 a.m. EDT: President Biden signed the “HAVANA Act of 2021” and the “K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021.”
11:45 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris participated in a roundtable on federal investments in childcare.
2:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden receives his weekly economic briefing.
2:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris tours vaccination sites at Essex County College.
4:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris returns to Washington, D.C.
6:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden leaves for Wilmington, Del.
Oct. 18: The Senate meets next. https://bit.ly/3uPL7nY
WHAT TO WATCH:
11:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden delivered remarks on the September jobs report. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3ais5NB
1:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on protections for national monuments. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3uRA4e9
2:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden injects new momentum into filibuster fight White House: Biden drove by border on 2008 campaign trip Red Cross says Afghan humanitarian crisis too big for aid groups to handle alone MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3ak04oR
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
Today is National Fluffernutter Day.
Here’s a pretty funny (bad) joke I saw on Twitter this morning: https://bit.ly/3AompMA
And to get your weekend off on the right foot, here’s a koala enjoying a nutritious snack: