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Steve Bannon isn’t budging:



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’s former strategist 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 turned himself in to law enforcement this morning after being indicted by a federal grand jury for ignoring his congressional subpoena. 

The two charges Bannon faces: “One for failing to appear for an Oct. 14 deposition before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and another for refusal to provide documents to the panel.” 

If he is convicted: He faces “a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in jail, as well as a fine of $100 to $1,000”


It’s not just Steve Bannon: Via The Associated Press, “The indictment came as a second expected witness, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, defied his own subpoena from the committee on Friday.”   

Bannon may have been livestreaming it: CNN’s Kaitlan Collins tweeted, “Steve Bannon has surrendered, and appeared to be streaming it live as he turned himself in to the FBI field office.”

Here is footage of Bannon surrendering this morning:


Steve Bannon turns himself in


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He’s in, if anyone wants to BET-On the race:

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) announced this morning that he will challenge incumbent Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottSunday shows preview: Multiple states detect cases of the omicron variant Hillicon Valley —TSA to strengthen rail sector cybersecurity When politics trump workers' health, we know who gets burned MORE (R-Texas) next year. 

What this means for Texas Dems: “O’Rourke’s entry into the race marks a win for Texas Democrats, who had privately fretted that they’d be without a top-tier challenger to Abbott if O’Rourke didn’t throw his hat into the ring.” 

Keep in mind: O’Rourke has been seen as a rising star within the Democratic Party. He ran for Senate in 2018 and narrowly lost to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown MORE (R-Texas). He also ran for president in 2020. 

Watch O’Rourke’s 2-minute, 14-second announcement video: 

More on the ramifications of O’Rourke’s announcement, via The Hill’s Tal Axelrod:

Sen. Leahy has had enough:

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyLawmakers remember Bob Dole: 'Bona fide American hero' Biden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans The Hill's Morning Report - Ins and outs: Powell renominated at Fed, Parnell drops Senate bid MORE (D-Vt.) announced this morning that he will not run for reelection next year.

Keep in mind: Leahy is 81 years old and has served eight terms in the Senate. 

His roles in the Senate: “He is currently the president pro tempore of the Senate, the second-highest ranking position in the chamber. He also serves as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and sits on the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees.”  

More on the implications, via The Hill’s Julia Manchester: 

Watch Leahy’s announcement — it beings around the 8-minute mark:


Time to practice the ole’ John Hancock:

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 is signing his $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan into law today after months of haggling with his party.  

Watch the bill signing live: It starts at 3 p.m. EST. Livestream:


CBS’s Ed O’Keefe has a list, including Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Real relief from high gas prices The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden to announce increased measures for omicron MORE (R-Maine) and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.). The list:


This week, we sweaaaar:

House Democrats are eager to pass President Biden’s $1.75 trillion social and climate spending bill this week before leaving for Thanksgiving recess. 

Didn’t they just come back from recess?: Yes, both chambers of Congress were out last week for Veteran’s Day. They are expected to be out next week for Thanksgiving and are hoping to leave for Christmas by Dec. 13. So each day they are in D.C. really matters. 

Do Democrats have the votes?: They sure hope they do. A handful of moderate House Dems said they wanted to see details from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) before voting. But they have vowed to support the bill this week, so stay tuned! 

OK, let’s say House Democrats pass the bill this week — then what happens?: “Those battles will continue in the Senate, which is unlikely to take action on the measure before December. Centrist Sens. 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.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaIRS data proves Trump tax cuts benefited middle, working-class Americans most Photos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Green groups spend big to promote climate policy MORE (D-Ariz.) — whose arguments have helped whittle the once $3.5 trillion package in half — have yet to formally back the measure, and more changes are possible.”  

Why this comes at a particularly important moment for the White House: “[Democrats] are under fire for a host of disturbing economic trends, including a spike in inflation, a private sector labor shortage and a supply chain bottleneck that’s hindered retail markets — all while the COVID-19 crisis continues to frustrate federal efforts to keep it in check.” 

Let’s just say that hasn’t positively affected Biden’s approval ratings. 

What to expect this week:


Defense spending: “The Senate is ‘likely’ to bring the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a sweeping military policy bill, up this week as they wait for the House to send over Biden’s spending bill.” It usually passes easily, but can take a few weeks because of all of the amendments added. 

Nominations: The Senate will work to confirm more of President Biden’s nominees, including Graham Scott Steele to serve as assistant Secretary of the Treasury.  

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jordain Carney:


Wow, Austria is taking a pretty big step:

Via The New York Times’s Christopher F. Schuetze, “Unvaccinated Austrians ages 12 and older awoke on Monday morning confined to their homes for all but essential activities, as one of the strictest coronavirus lockdowns in Europe went into effect to battle a surge in infections.” 

How it will work: “Adults and minors 12 and older who have not been vaccinated or recovered from a coronavirus infection cannot go outside except to buy groceries, seek medical care or travel to school or work.” 

What is Austria’s vaccination rate?: “About 65 percent of Austria’s 8.9 million people are vaccinated, one of the lowest rates in western Europe.”


Via The Associated Press’s Mike Corder, “The World Health Organization said coronavirus deaths rose by 10% in Europe in the past week, and an agency official declared last week that the continent was ‘back at the epicenter of the pandemic.’ ”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 47,082,053 

U.S. death toll: 763,116 

Breakdown of the numbers:


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 439 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.4 million doses 

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

Breakdown of the numbers:



Why Facebook supports updated internet regulations


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Hear more from Rochelle on why Facebook supports updating regulations on the internet’s most pressing challenges, including federal privacy legislation.



Lol, well played:


Which hill?


Keep in mind: Shenanigan’s is an Irish pub in Washington, D.C., that hosts open bar “power hours.”

This is pretty incredible for 1999:


Bold predictions in 1999 


Reaction from The Washington Post’s Dave Jorgenson: “He even put the line about privacy in there at the end, the same way apps hide the most important lines in the terms agreement”

Ahhh, love a good pun:


Get it? Beet reporters?



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

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

5 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris delivers remarks at the Declaration for American Democracy Coalition Principals Meeting. 

6:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today: 

7:45 p.m. EST: President Biden meets virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping.


Today: Closing arguments in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial. Livestream:   

11:20 a.m. EST: President Biden participated in a Tribal Nations Summit. Livestream: 

1:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiUS expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics soon: report Joe Biden: The Brian Williams presidency Biden plan for free at-home tests faces hurdles MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream: 

3 p.m. EST: President Biden signs the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law. Biden and Vice President Harris also deliver remarks. Livestream:


Today is National Raisin Bran Cereal Day.

Wow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy have not aged:

Here’s a glimpse of the Sanderson sisters filming Hocus Pocus 2: 


Hocus Pocus 2!


And because you read this far on a Monday, here’s a pony getting a little too excited: