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Happy Election Day!!:
The polls are open in Virginia where the gubernatorial race between Glenn Youngkin and Terry McAuliffe has turned into a referendum on 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 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.
Why this race is getting so much attention: Political observers are viewing this race as a preview for the 2022 midterms.
HOW THE RACE HAS BECOME A PROXY WAR BETWEEN BIDEN AND TRUMP:
Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Former President Trump sought to yoke himself to Glenn Youngkin on Monday, in the latest example of how Virginia’s gubernatorial election is resonating across the national political landscape.”
Is Trump campaigning with Younkin?: “Youngkin has been careful to keep Trump at arm’s length during the general election campaign. Trump has not appeared on the trail with Youngkin, and a telerally that Trump is holding to urge support for the GOP candidate on Monday night will not have Youngkin’s participation.” https://bit.ly/3pX2CCv
TIDBITS FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL:
What’s a little different this year: “After [the polls close at 7 p.m. EDT], election boards are expected to report results from early voting and absentee ballots received before today first. In years past, that growing chunk of votes came last.” (Via WAMU’s Martin Austermuhle) https://bit.ly/2ZMOyQL
Lol, this is relatable: Democratic strategist Tim Hogan tweeted, “getting ready to text anyone who has ever set foot in the [commonwealth] of Virginia ‘what're you hearing?’ all day” https://bit.ly/3mAoeCq
That’s a big crowd: Check out the Youngkin event in Loudon last night. Video: https://bit.ly/3mCeNmb
^ And in Virginia Beach: https://bit.ly/3EHCAaz
Photos from the McAuliffe campaign in Richmond: https://bit.ly/3wb78OY
^ And here’s the crowd in Fairfax: https://bit.ly/2Y7xogk
Youngkin stopped by a rainy middle school in Loudoun County: Video from CBS’s Aaron Navarro: https://bit.ly/3mK7k4F
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH IN VIRGINIA TODAY:
- “Will Youngkin break through in the suburbs?”
- “How will Trump and Biden factor in?”
- “What will turnout look like for Republicans and Democrats?”
- “Which way will Virginia’s minority voters swing?”
- “Will both candidates accept the election results?”
Details for each from The Hill’s Julia Manchester: https://bit.ly/3bxMNtk
ANOTHER BIG RACE WE’RE WATCHING TODAY — NEW JOISEY:
Via CNN’s Gregory Krieg, “New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday is trying to become the first Democratic governor in more than four decades to win reelection in the Garden State, which has trended reliably blue in federal and local contests but has a history -- like Virginia -- of voting in the party out of the White House in its off-year gubernatorial races.” https://cnn.it/31oBIJw
Happy election 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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Because it’s more fun to keep people guessing, amirite?:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Jordain Carney, “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.) on Monday refused to sign off on a $1.75 trillion social spending and climate measure at the heart of President Biden’s economic agenda, throwing a wrench into plans for a swift House vote this week.” https://bit.ly/3nR9mPB
Manchin’s complaint with the framework: “Manchin accused the Democratic authors of the ambitious framework of using ‘shell games and budget gimmicks’ to mask ‘the real cost’ of the legislation, which he said could wind up being ‘twice as high’ as advertised if its programs are extended.”
What about the reports that Manchin backs the White House’s framework?: “He called media reports asserting that he privately supports the White House framework as ‘mischaracterizations’ and warned that he would not sign off until he fully understands how the complex legislation will impact an economy already flush with trillions of dollars of federal stimulus.”
JOE MANCHIN WANTS AN INFRASTRUCTURE VOTE ~NOW~:
Sen. Manchin accused House progressives of holding the infrastructure bill “hostage,” calling for a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill as they continue to negotiate the social spending plan. https://bit.ly/2ZEhyu5
In Manchin’s words: "The political games have to stop. Holding this bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for the reconciliation bill."
‘HOUSE DEMOCRATS BRUSH OFF MANCHIN’:
Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wong: https://bit.ly/3CD1Y0w
From Manchin this morning:
More on where Manchin stands: https://bit.ly/3k1Fdfh
Methane is the bad guy:
Via NBC’s Denise Chow, “The Biden administration on Tuesday announced plans to introduce some of the nation's strongest regulations against methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, part of a broader push to tackle climate change that White House officials are unveiling at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.” https://nbcnews.to/3bvSwA9
Specifically: “The regulations target methane leaks and instances when methane gas is purposefully vented, or flared, during the production process.”
Is it just the U.S.?: “John KerryJohn KerryClimate policies propel a growing dysfunction of Western democracies Kerry calls out countries that need to 'step up' on climate change Those on the front lines of climate change should be empowered to be central to its solution MORE, Biden's special presidential envoy for climate, announced Tuesday that more than 100 countries are set to join the United States and the European Union in pledging to collectively reduce the world's methane emissions by 30 percent by the end of the decade.” https://nbcnews.to/3bvSwA9
The trees are fighting back!:
Via The New York Times’s Catrin Einhorn and Chris Buckley, “In a sweeping accord aimed at protecting the world’s forests, which are crucial to absorbing carbon dioxide and slowing the rise in global warming, leaders of more than 100 countries gathered in Glasgow vowed on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030.” https://nyti.ms/3jZPIQm
“President Biden said the United States would contribute billions to the global effort to protect the ecosystems that are vital for cleaning the air we breathe and the water we drink, and keeping the Earth’s climate in balance.”
‘EVEN AS BIDEN PUSHES CLEAN ENERGY, HE SEEKS MORE OIL PRODUCTION’:
Via The New York Times’s Jim Tankersley and Lisa Friedman: https://nyti.ms/3CG8ovF
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM THE TRIP:
Here’s a photo of Biden trying to get through the crowd: Via Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein: https://bit.ly/3nTACge
On wheelchair access: “Israeli Prime Minister Bennett has told COP26 organizers to fix wheelchair access to the main venue or he’s not coming tomorrow. Israel’s Energy Minister Karine Elharrar, who has muscular dystrophy, was unable to attend Monday’s event because of it.” (Via CNN’s Kaitlan Collins) https://bit.ly/3CEwR4C
Tidbit about the menu:
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 made pasta in Naples yesterday!: Photo from The Daily Mail’s Nikki Schwab: https://bit.ly/3mAER0L
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Another vote is happening today — do we give the kiddos Pfizer?:
Via The Washington Post’s Andrew Jeong, Adela Suliman, Lena H. Sun and Lateshia Beachum, “Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are meeting Tuesday to discuss giving the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 and are expected to recommend moving forward.” https://wapo.st/31d8JIn
Shots could start on Wednesday (!): “CDC Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyNIH director says it's 'possible' omicron will not be last emerging variant CDC director confirms FDA in talks to streamline authorization of omicron-specific vaccine Sunday shows preview: Multiple states detect cases of the omicron variant MORE is expected to sign off later Tuesday on the recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, allowing clinicians, pharmacies and other health-care providers to start giving the shots as early as Wednesday.”
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 46,099,376
U.S. death toll: 747,296
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 422 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.27 million doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenSenate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Treasury refrains from naming any currency manipulators US could default within weeks absent action on debt limit: analysis MORE met Bono:
I have to agree here — blink twice if you need help:
Another photo from the interview: https://bit.ly/3nTRio3
The House and Senate are in. President Biden is in Glasgow, Scotland.
5:40 a.m. EDT: President Biden delivered remarks at the “Action on Forests and Land-Use” event.
7:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden participated in a meeting on the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative.
9 a.m. EDT: President Biden delivered remarks on the Global Methane Pledge.
10:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden delivered remarks at the “Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment” event.
11 a.m. EDT: Three cloture votes in the Senate.
2 – 5 p.m. EDT: Votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3pZNxQs
2:20 p.m. EDT: Two more cloture votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3GC5f2m
5:15 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a confirmation vote for Jonathan Davidson to be deputy Treasury secretary.
5:55 p.m. EDT: President Biden leaves Glasgow and flies to Washington, D.C.
1:25 a.m. EDT Wednesday: President Biden returns to the White House.
WHAT TO WATCH:
10 a.m. EDT: House Republican leaders held a news conference. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3nPwpKL
10 a.m. EDT: A Senate subcommittee hearing on nutrition in America. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3ExEgDa
10:30 a.m. EDT: House Democratic leaders held a news conference. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3GJRMWj
3:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden holds a press conference before leaving Glasgow. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3EAagGU
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
Today is National Deviled Egg Day.
I love this:
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