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Mother Jones’s David Corn reported yesterday that Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinTrump haunts Biden vaccine mandate in courts IRS data proves Trump tax cuts benefited middle, working-class Americans most Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Dems press drillers over methane leaks MORE (D-W.Va.) is considering leaving the Democratic Party, angering Manchin and leading to questions of his political future. It caused quite the stir. 

Excerpt: “In recent days, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has told associates that he is considering leaving the Democratic Party if President Joe Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not agree to his demand to cut the size of the social infrastructure bill from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion, according to people who have heard Manchin discuss this.” 

Would Manchin become a Republican in this scenario?: No, he would become an “American Independent,” according to Mother Jones.  

^ He has reportedly developed a two-step plan for his exit: He would first remove himself from Democratic leadership. And if that doesn’t change the negotiations, he would then change his party affiliation.  

The full story

Manchin’s reaction — That’s some bullshit — with a capital B:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) shot down the rumors of changing his party affiliation as “bullshit.” 

"It's bullshit … I have no control of rumors, guys. No control of rumors."

Watch Manchin react to the report — you can hear the anger in his voice:


Manchin calls party switch talk "bull---"


Joe Manchin explained himself to The Hill this morning:

In an exclusive interview with Steve Clemons, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he has no plans to exit the Democratic Party. 

In Manchin’s words: “What he reported is simply untrue … I’m not threatening to leave. Why would I? I’m very secure in my positions and honestly, I’m not the one stressed out.”  

What Manchin said he did tell Democratic leadership: “What is true is that I have told the president, Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level Progressive groups urge Schumer to prevent further cuts to T plan MORE, and even the whole caucus that if it is ‘embarrassing’ to them to have a moderate, centrist Democrat in the mix and if it would help them publicly, I could become an Independent — like Bernie — and then they could explain some of this to the public saying it’s complicated to corral these two independents, Bernie and me.”  

The full story

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The first one to blink! — who had ‘progressives’ on their bingo card?:

In the months-long standoff between progressives and moderates, progressives have agreed to scale back their proposed spending for negotiation purposes. 

What progressives had been holding out for: They had hoped centrist Democrats would agree to a $3.5 trillion social spending package.

What the final package could be: “[There’s] a sense of resignation that the bill will top out at $1.9 trillion or $2 trillion and that key priorities such as a national paid family leave program and long-term home health care for the elderly and disabled will be cut down. Other priorities such as free community college may be dropped completely.”


The debate within the Democratic Party, from The Hill’s Peter Sullivan

Hey, this could actually pass!:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, “Democrats see the light at the end of the tunnel after months of tension and gridlock over President BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE’s sweeping domestic policy agenda.” 

Why that felt unlikely for so long: “The long impasse has pit, at turns, the House against the Senate, Congress against the White House and liberals against centrists — all along threatening to foil an agreement on the mammoth social benefits package at the core of Biden’s ambitious economic plans.”  

Yes, but: All sides seem optimistic now after a little TLC from President Biden

What to expect at this point

Well, I can’t unsee this:


Climate big heads 



President Biden’s approval rating dropped to 41 percent, according to a new CNBC-All-America Economic survey. 

The full poll


Steve Bannon is this key:



Trump’s ex-strategist Stephen Bannon is defying his subpoena to testify on the Jan. 6 investigation by claiming executive privilege. That is “putting a spotlight on the central role he may have played in organizing the day and the extent to which he coordinated with the White House and former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE.”  

Happening today: The House will vote on whether to hold Bannon in criminal contempt. 

What to expect:

WATCH TODAY’S HOUSE VOTE ON Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonJan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth Holding defiant Trump witnesses to account, Jan. 6 committee carries out Congress's constitutional role Rules committee mulls contempt vote for Trump DOJ official MORE:

Here’s the C-SPAN livestream — it begins around noon:

I bet Trump would be THRILLED to never hear about Liz Cheney ever again:

Via The Hill’s Scott Wong, “Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyKevin McCarthy is hostage to the GOP's 'exotic wing' Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth Prosecutors say North Carolina woman deserves prison for bringing 14-year-old to Capitol riot MORE (R-Wyo.) is using her platform on the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack to take direct aim at Donald Trump — and become a foil to the former president and de facto leader of the GOP.” 

How Cheney’s national profile has been elevated: “Her new role as the vice chair of the Jan. 6 panel — one she owes to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics soon: report Pressure grows to remove Boebert from committees Lawmakers remember Bob Dole: 'Bona fide American hero' MORE (D-Calif.) and Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonJan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth Rules committee mulls contempt vote for Trump DOJ official Cheney warns of consequences for Trump in dealings with Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Miss.) — has helped elevate her national profile, through dramatic televised hearings, media interviews and big speeches, for whatever comes next.” 

Happening today: Cheney will have 30 minutes to speak on the House floor about why Trump’s ex-strategist Stephen Bannon should be held in contempt for defying his subpoena.




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Happening today — all things booster shots!:

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel is meeting today to discuss which groups of people need a COVID-19 vaccine booster — and whether mixing and matching vaccines is an effective strategy. New York Times liveblog of updates 

Livestream of the CDC meeting


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 45,220,618 

U.S. death toll: 731,275 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 410 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 785,133 doses

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

Breakdown of the numbers:


What he meant — ‘These are the thorns in my side. Say hello, thorns!’:


Biden gives a tour of Air Force One


HAHA — this is too relatable:


The Senate subway


For starters, Paris Hilton is likely wearing heels in the Capitol complex and I just can’t relate to that anymore.

This is such a good photo:




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. 

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today

3:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 

6:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris campaigns for Terry McAuliffe in Dumfries, Va. 

6:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenWhite House holiday decorations available for 360 tour via Google Street View The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE leave for Baltimore. 

10:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden return to the White House. 

Oct. 26 – Oct. 28: The Hill is hosting an inaugural “A More Perfect Union” festival. A few of the featured speakers: Interior Secretary Deb HaalandDeb HaalandNevada governor apologizes for state's role in indigenous schools The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE, White House chief of staff Ron KlainRon KlainNew variant raises questions about air travel mandates White House scrambles for safety on holiday parties The massive messaging miscues of all the president's men (and women) MORE, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciMurthy says travel restrictions are 'temporary measures' Fauci calls Ron Johnson's AIDS comment 'preposterous': 'I don't have any clue of what he's talking about' Fauci: US 'hopefully' will lift African countries travel ban in 'reasonable period of time' MOREFull schedule of speakers —  and how to RSVP for the livestream


11:55 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris deliver remarks for the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Livestream 

2 pm. 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 holds a press briefing. Livestream

8 p.m. EDT: President Biden participates in a CNN town hall.


Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. How festive!

And to make you smile, here are just a bunch of happy animals: