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HAPPENING TODAY

‘Well, I talk about it, talk about it, talk about it, talk about, talk about movin’:

via GIPHY

 

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 is holding meetings with Democratic lawmakers today to attempt to breathe new life into his legislative agenda. 

At 2 p.m. EDT: Biden, Vice President Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenYellen: Omicron 'could cause significant problems' for global economy Real relief from high gas prices House sets up Senate shutdown showdown MORE are meeting with House progressive lawmakers. 

At 4:30 p.m. EDT: Biden, Harris and Yellen then meet with a group of House and Senate moderates. 

List of who is attending the two meetingshttps://bit.ly/3C0zg9p

First up — no surprise there:

 

Sinema at the White House

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2YZTj9m

DEMS SURE ARE FEELING THE NERVES:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/3vqrJy8

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LATEST WITH BIDEN’S AGENDA

What could tank the entire plan:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin 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 (D-W.Va.) refusal to support the centerpiece of President Biden’s climate agenda puts the Democrats’ entire infrastructure and social spending agenda at risk.” https://bit.ly/3peA9Yj

DEMOCRATS ARE SCRAMBLING TO COME UP WITH A BACKUP PLAN FOR CLIMATE LEGISLATION:

Via The Hill’s Rachel Frazin and Zack Budrykhttps://bit.ly/3vtm1LP

Nothing more festive than a chat and a photo opp:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) separately met with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal MORE (I-Vt.) and Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill MORE (D-Wash.) yesterday as the stalemate of President Biden’s domestic agenda continues. https://bit.ly/3peA9Yj 

From the front

 

Sens. Manchin and Sanders

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3DTOtJV  

Video of the two interacting — and then getting into their cars: It looks pretty friendly! https://bit.ly/3jcdTdS 

“ ‘Get a picture. You want to get a picture of us?’ Manchin told photographers as he and Sanders ran back into each other. They quickly obliged.” https://bit.ly/3G3eecA 

And from the back

 

Sens. Manchin and Sanders 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3GbEeCX

I ALWAYS APPRECIATE THE ONION’S LEVITY AT MOMENTS LIKE THIS:

The Onion’s headline reads, “Democrats Attempt To Woo Joe Manchin For Reconciliation Bill By Taping Single Hershey’s Kiss To Latest Draft” https://bit.ly/3aORTkI

NEWS THIS MORNING

Over-the-counter hearing aids may soon be a thing!:

“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a rule to offer a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids in an attempt to boost accessibility and lower costs for the devices for Americans.” https://bit.ly/3m2qGSd 

Read the FDA’s proposalhttps://bit.ly/3vr1lUN

Back story, from The Washington Post’s Katie Shepherd: “More than four years after Congress ordered the agency to allow over-the-counter hearing aids, it took the first step Tuesday to broaden access to more accessible and affordable devices for millions of patients with mild to moderate hearing loss.” https://wapo.st/3lSt3H4

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Choose your own adventure:

Via The New York Times’s Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland, “The Food and Drug Administration is planning to allow Americans to receive a different Covid-19 vaccine as a booster than the one they initially received, a move that could reduce the appeal of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and provide flexibility to doctors and other vaccinators.” https://nyti.ms/3vuUPfN 

The catch — they won’t say which is the best combo: “The government would not recommend one shot over another, and it might note that using the same vaccine as a booster when possible is preferable, people familiar with the agency’s planning said. But vaccine providers could use their discretion to offer a different brand, a freedom that state health officials have been requesting for weeks.”  

What we knowhttps://nyti.ms/3vuUPfN

IF YOU’VE LOST TRACK — HERE’S WHO CAN GET THE EXTRA DOSE:

Via CNN: https://cnn.it/3GbVS9F

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 45,052,861

U.S. death toll: 726,274 

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 409 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 904,950 doses 

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

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

 

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Altria’s companies are leading the way in moving adult smokers away from cigarettes – by taking action to transition millions towards potentially less harmful choices.  Learn how at Altria.com.

 

IN THE GOP

Maybe a little uncomfy to say about a man that just passed away:

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE released a statement this morning following the death of former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin PowellDefense & National Security — Biden marks Veterans Day Biden marks Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery Overnight Defense & National Security — Washington gathers for Colin Powell's funeral MOREhttps://bit.ly/3BYfeMG 

Trump’s statement: “Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media. Hope that happens to me someday. He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans…” More from Trump’s statementhttps://bit.ly/3BYfeMG

TIDBIT — THE WHITE HOUSE LOWERED THE FLAGS FOR POWELL’S DEATH:

Photo from C-SPAN’s Howard Mortmanhttps://bit.ly/3DSV8UL

‘POWELL’S DEATH A ‘SOBERING REMINDER’ OF CORONAVIRUS’S CONTINUED RISKS’:

Via The Hill’s Justine Colemanhttps://bit.ly/2Xrss5L 

Op-edhttps://bit.ly/2Z2AIJM

IN WASHINGTON, DC

Félicitations, Steve Clemons!:

The Hill’s Steve Clemons was honored last night, receiving the award of Chevalier for France’s Legion of Honor.  

Spotted at the reception at the French residence: Deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and his wife Gayle Conelly Manchin; Sens. Edward MarkeyEd MarkeySenators seek to curb counterfeit toys and goods sold online Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Pledged money not going to Indigenous causes MORE (D-Mass.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden should seek some ideological diversity House passes bipartisan bills to strengthen network security, cyber literacy Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas MORE (D-Minn.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLiberty University professor charged with alleged sexual battery and abduction of student Five Senate Democrats reportedly opposed to Biden banking nominee The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE (D-Va.); Reps. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it Dearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized With Build Back Better, Dems aim to correct messaging missteps MORE (D-Mich.), Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoBiden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans Taiwan says it is capable of responding to repeated Chinese military missions Five House members meet with Taiwanese president despite Chinese objections MORE (D-Calif.) and Brad WenstrupBrad Robert WenstrupLawmakers look to combat obesity with expanded access to medication, therapy  The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Biden holds meetings to resurrect his spending plan America's veterans hold a reserve of national security strength we should tap MORE (R-Ohio); Kevin Young, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture; and many more.

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Getting traction:

 

Baby on the phone

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3jgSFeQ

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. 

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

11:30 a.m. EDT: A cloture vote in the Senate. 

2 p.m. EDT: President BidenVice President Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen meet with House progressives to discuss Biden’s agenda. List of who is attending the meetinghttps://bit.ly/3C0zg9p 

2:20 p.m. EDT: A judicial confirmation vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3phLmHy

4:30 p.m. EDT: President BidenVice President Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen meet with a group of House and Senate moderates to discuss Biden’s legislative agenda. List of who is attending the meetinghttps://bit.ly/3C0zg9p

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/2Z5d7by

WHAT TO WATCH:

7:30 p.m. EDT: The Jan. 6 Select Committee votes on whether to hold Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonRules committee mulls contempt vote for Trump DOJ official Mace chief of staff steps down during turbulent week Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE in criminal contempt for ignoring his subpoena. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3jfngJT

IN LIGHTER NEWS:

Today is National Seafood Bisque Day.

Noo, not our free-range, striped friend:

Via Washingtonian’s Daniella Byck, remember a few weeks ago when zebras were on the loose in Maryland? Well, one of those zebras was found dead in a snare trap. https://bit.ly/3jiJ9Id

And to brighten your afternoon, here’s a dog eating its veggies: https://bit.ly/3m2oA4N 

^ That enthusiasm!