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Come one, come all — bring that vax card!:



Via Reuters’s David Shepardson, fully vaccinated foreign visitors will be allowed to travel into the United States beginning on Nov. 8, the White House announced this morning.

Which mode of travel does this apply?: Both air travel and at the U.S. land borders 

For context: “The United States had lagged many other countries in lifting such restrictions, and allies welcomed the move.

Everything we know

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Adele is back — and better than ever:


Adele new single



Happening today — I picture lab coats, goggles, mad scientists with wild hair and smokey vials of vaccines:



^ Not specifically you, Harry, but you get the point ;)

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel is meeting today to discuss whether to recommend a booster shot for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine — and whether to suggest mixing and matching companies’ vaccines for the best efficacy. 

What to expect, from The Washington Post


Via The New York Times’s Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland, “[An FDA panel] on Thursday unanimously recommended Moderna booster shots for many of those who had received the company’s coronavirus vaccine, paving the way to sharply expand the number of people eligible for an additional shot in the United States.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 44,770,874 

U.S. death toll: 721,582

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 405 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 835,492 doses

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

Breakdown of the numbers:


Welcome to the Manchinema show! I’m your host, Joe Biden!:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “A growing number of Senate Democrats are getting impatient with President BidenJoe BidenManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE’s kid-love approach to negotiating with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaBiden should seek some ideological diversity Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin MORE (D-Ariz.).” 

Biden’s approach: “Biden’s approach has involved a lot of facetime and personal attention, but little in the way of public concessions or discernible movement.”

But there still doesn’t seem to be much progress between Manchinema and Dems: “This is fueling frustration among senators who see this Congress as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass bold reforms as the House and possibly the Senate are in danger of flipping to Republicans in the 2022 midterm election.”


The stakes of tug-of-war game feel similar to the Squid Game:

Via The New York Times’s Katie Benner, “A federal appeals court said on Thursday that a near-total ban on abortions in Texas can remain in effect while the courts decide whether the law violates the Constitution.”

Timing of the ruling: A federal judge blocked the law last week. A few days later, the appeals court reinstated the law. Now this ruling stands while the case goes through the courts. 

Will the Supreme Court get involved?: “The decision, which was 2 to 1 by a three-judge panel, is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court.”  

The full story


Via The Washington Post’s Ann E. Marimow and Robert Barnes, “The Department of Justice said Friday that it will go back to the Supreme Court to request that it put on hold Texas’s restrictive abortion law while legal battles continue.” 

Details: “In a different case, the Supreme Court last month allowed the law to go into effect on a divisive 5 to 4 vote. The DOJ has filed a separate challenge to halt the law, which bars abortion as early as six weeks into the pregnancy and makes no exceptions for rape or incest, with mixed results.”

Choose your player, Texas or the White House:

Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano, “The fight over vaccine mandates between the White House and Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottHillicon Valley —TSA to strengthen rail sector cybersecurity When politics trump workers' health, we know who gets burned Judge blocks Texas social media censorship law MORE (R) is putting businesses in the middle. But many are picking the White House’s preferred policy.”

How so?: “American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, which are both based in the Lone Star State, say they will defy Abbott’s order that no business in the state can impose a vaccine mandate on employees or customers and comply with President Biden’s mandate that all companies with at least 100 employees require vaccines or weekly testing for employees.” 

“Other companies based in Texas have already imposed vaccine mandates and have given no indication they will change their positions in the wake of Abbott’s executive order.” 

How this could play out



Oh my gosh:

Via The New York Times’s John Yoon and Vjosa Isai, “Meteorite crashes through ceiling and lands on woman’s bed: After a fireball streaked through the Canadian sky, Ruth Hamilton, of British Columbia, found a 2.8-pound rock the size of a large man’s fist near her pillow.” 

“The 2.8-pound rock the size of a large man’s fist had barely missed Ms. Hamilton’s head, leaving ‘drywall debris all over my face,’ she said.”

How do you even sleep after that?: Well, she didn’t. “Ms. Hamilton did not sleep the rest of that night, she said, and sat in a chair, sipping tea as the meteorite sat on her bed …. [She] also told her family and friends. ‘My granddaughters can say that their grandmother just almost got killed in her bed by a meteorite,’ she said.” 

The full story — it’s pretty wild


Umm, yikes!:



The sky was showing off this morning:


Sunrise in Old Town


Photo of the U.S. Capitol during the sunrise 

And another sunrise photo in D.C. because it was that spectacular


The House and Senate are out. President Biden is in Connecticut for the day. Vice President Harris is in Los Angeles for the weekend. 

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

11 a.m. EDT: President Biden leaves for Connecticut. 

7 p.m. EDT: President Biden returns to the White House.


11:50 a.m. EDT: White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills OSHA suspends enforcement of COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses Inflation raises focus on Biden Fed pick MORE spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One. Livestream: 

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks in Hartford, Conn., on his social spending plan, specifically childcare costs for working families. Livestream: 

4 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks at the dedication of the Dodd Center for Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. Livestream:


Today is National Shawarma Day and National Cheese Curd Day.If I told you McDonald’s was testing a plant-based burger, what would you guess it would be called?

If I told you McDonald’s was testing a plant-based burger, what would you guess it would be called?:

I’m willing to bet you guessed correctly — the McPlant! 

Starting in November, McDonald’s will be testing its plant-based Beyond Meat burgers at select restaurants.

Where to find the McPlant: “Irving and Carrollton, Texas, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jennings and Lake Charles, Louisiana and El Segundo and Manhattan Beach, California. 


LOL — I mean, this is a very logical reaction!:


Validating parking


And to get your weekend off to a good start, here’s a hippo enjoying a seasonal snack: