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What do we want? Less! When do we want it? Now!:
In a letter to colleagues, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Sunday shows - Democrats' spending plan in the spotlight Pelosi won't say if she'll run for reelection in 2022 MORE (D-Calif.) said that House members “overwhelmingly” prefer to do “fewer things well” to pass the social spending bill. https://bit.ly/3iQXlrS
From Pelosi’s letter: "Overwhelmingly, the guidance I am receiving from Members is to do fewer things well so that we can still have a transformative impact on families in the workplace and responsibly address the climate crisis: a Build Back Better agenda for jobs and the planet For The Children!"
HOW THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL SPENDING BILL IS GETTING TRIMMED:
Via The New York Times’s Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Jim Tankersley: https://nyti.ms/3FIbAc0
Via CNN’s Clare Foran, the House is returning during its recess for a quick vote to extend the nation’s debt limit through early December. https://cnn.it/2YIZG0M
Is it expected to pass?: Yes.
It’s Tuesday. 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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A MESSAGE FROM THE CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS
NEWS THIS MORNING
Bringing in the big guns:
Ahead of next month’s toss-up gubernatorial election in Virginia, former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEx-Saudi official says he was targeted by a hit team after fleeing to Canada Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Yellen expects inflation to return to normal levels next year MORE will campaign with Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe in Richmond, Va. https://bit.ly/3mJcuMV
When: Oct. 23
Keep in mind: First lady Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic Party The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount MORE and former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams are also campaigning with McAuliffe. https://bit.ly/3mOuLrZ
WHY THE VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL RACE IS SO IMPORTANT:
Via CNN’s Stephen Collinson: “If Republican Glenn Youngkin triumphs in a margin-of-error tussle in the commonwealth, already alarmed Democrats would tip into full-on panic about next year's midterms, when their party faces a historical disadvantage as the party in the White House.” The full primer: https://cnn.it/3oVDz1W
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Easier said than done, I suppose:
Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Morgan Chalfant, “President BidenJoe BidenRand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing MORE is struggling to make good on a campaign promise to unite the country as his administration runs up against an increasingly divided Washington and polarization among the broader electorate.” https://bit.ly/3DsYxJE
The promise: “Throughout the 2020 campaign, Biden spoke of bringing the country together and ‘breaking the fever’ with Republicans.”
How that’s going: “[L]ittle has changed inside the Beltway as Biden approaches the nine-month mark without a major piece of bipartisan legislation signed into law … Outside Washington, the country remains deeply divided on social and cultural issues including wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
What this means for Biden — and his agenda: https://bit.ly/3DsYxJE
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Never enough! Never, never. Never enough! Never, never.:
Via Politico’s David Lim, “The Biden administration plans to triple the nation’s supply of at-home Covid-19 tests by early November, but public health experts say that welcome increase likely won’t be enough to meet surging demand.” https://politi.co/3mMevIb
The goal: “The White House announced last week that it would spend $1 billion to increase access to the home tests, with the ultimate goal of making 200 million available each month by the end of the year.”
Why it may not be enough: “Demand for at-home tests is expected to soar this fall and winter as the Biden administration finalizes regulations that would require companies with more than 100 workers to ensure any unvaccinated employees undergo testing at least weekly. Increased travel for the holidays, more school screening and the expected return of the flu are also set to pump up demand for at-home tests.”
IN NEW JERSEY — ‘GOVERNOR’S RACE PUTS MASK AND VACCINE MANDATES TO A POLITICAL TEST’:
Via The New York Times’s Tracey Tully: https://nyti.ms/3FHMnyr
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 44,461,752
U.S. death toll: 714,242
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 402 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.03 million doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
A MESSAGE FROM THE CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS
IN THE GOP
It’s his party. We’re all just attending it:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAnother voice of reason retires Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not 'rehash' 2020 MORE’s (R-Iowa) enthusiastic appearance at a Trump event in Iowa over the weekend shows that the former president has further strengthened his grip on the GOP following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.” https://bit.ly/3FPeNa2
‘Twas a bit of a wakeup call: “The Iowa senator’s eagerness to stand next to former President Trump at a boisterous rally in Des Moines only days after Trump repeatedly trashed 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.) — a friend and ally of Grassley's — served as a wakeup call to some Republicans that Trump is back and very much in charge of the party.”
Via The Washington Post’s Annabelle Timsit and Sarah Kaplan, “At least 85 percent of the global population has experienced weather events made worse by climate change, according to research published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.” https://wapo.st/3BBvS4K
The study: “After using machine learning to analyze and map more than 100,000 studies of events that could be linked to global warming, researchers paired the analysis with a well-established data set of temperature and precipitation shifts caused by fossil fuel use and other sources of carbon emissions. These combined findings — which focused on events such as crop failures, floods and heat waves — allowed scientists to make a solid link between escalating extremes and human activities. They concluded that global warming has affected 80 percent of the world’s land area.”
See for yourself — here’s the research: https://go.nature.com/2YJasnL
This is a striking image:
The House is in today. The Senate is out. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.
8:45 a.m. EDT: President Biden virtually met with Group of 20 (G20) leaders to discuss Afghanistan.
10:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief.
3:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris meets with Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid.
5 – 6 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3iQ3iVF
WHAT TO WATCH:
11:30 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) held a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3iP174X
11:35 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris delivered remarks at the National Congress of American Indians 78th Annual Convention. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3iWU6ir
2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen Psaki'Saturday Night Live' flashes back to the 'ghost of Biden past' Unanswered questions remain for Buttigieg, Biden on supply chain catastrophe Chris Wallace labels Psaki 'one of the best press secretaries ever' MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3DwP7wP
3 p.m. EDT: The House meets. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3iQ3iVF
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
Today is National Gumbo Day.
Here’s a spectacular photo taken from an airplane: https://bit.ly/3oWlLnl
In Alaska: https://bit.ly/2X5ZsAn
Check out these trees: https://bit.ly/3BAsuqN