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Maybe they should start reciting positive affirmations for the bill — ‘I am loved. I am supported. I will pass. Pass with flying colors.’:



Via The Hill’s Aris Folley, Naomi Jagoda and Mike Lillis, “House Democrats are increasingly bullish that they will pass their social spending and climate package this week, saying they’ll rally the support of wary moderates who want more information on the measure’s cost before voting for it.” 

The plan — debate starts today: “House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerSenate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Overnight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the bill will hit the floor Wednesday for debate, and receive a vote as soon as Thursday, though the timeline could slip to Friday or Saturday.” 

What centrist Democrats are waiting for: More information from the Congressional Budget Office on the bill’s cost 

How this could play out:


Politico’s Burgess Everett tweeted, “Manchin signals he's OK doing reconciliation this year. ‘I'm not in charge of the timing. Whatever they want to do is fine with me,’ he says. ‘If we're gonna vote, vote.’”

Cue the infrastructure jokes — Oh! Or DC Metro jokes!:







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It’s Wednesday! 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  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel  and  Facebook.

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NEWS THIS MORNING Arena just rolls off the tongue, huh?:

Via The Los Angeles Times’s Sam Dean, Los Angeles’s sports venue, the Staples Center, will now be named the Arena.

Just in case you want to name a venue after yourself: “ paid more than $700 million for the naming rights, according to sources familiar with the terms, making it one of the biggest naming deals in sports history.” 

When the change will officially happen: “The arena’s new logo will debut Dec. 25, when the Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets, and all of Staples Center signage will be replaced with the new name by June 2022.” 

A very sad milestone to hit:

For the first time ever, more than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in a one-year period.

That’s a 29 percent increase from the year before.

The full story from The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixel:


“The financial, mental health, housing and other difficulties of the covid-19 pandemic are widely blamed for much of the increase,” according to The Washington Post’s Dan Keating and Lenny Bernstein:



It's the holiday season (the holiday season), so hoop-de-do and dickory dock, And don't forget ~to fund your government~:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Democrats are trying to lock down their strategy for a looming government shutdown fight, as they debate punting into early 2022 or setting up another deadline closer to Christmas.” 

When government funding expires: Dec. 3

A few options Dems are mulling: Passing another short-term funding bill through either Dec. 3 or through February or March

A reason some Dems support a shorter funding bill — pressure!: “Democrats who favor the shorter stopgap that would set up another funding cliff closer to Christmas say they want to keep pressure on Republicans to cut a deal on fiscal 2022 funding."

The debt limit is that bumblebee that keeps buzzing around your head even if you try to ignore it:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Democrats think GOP will blink in newest debt brawl.”

Democrats’ plan: “Senate Democrats are ruling out the possibility of using the special budget reconciliation process to raise the debt ceiling with only Democratic votes. But that means they’ll need some help from Senate Republicans, setting up another standoff over government spending next month.”

Keep in mind: Republicans blinked once and passed a short-term debt-limit increase to give Democrats more time. The big question now — will they do that again? 

When the debt limit is expected to be reached: Dec. 15, according to Treasury Secretary 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


Well, when you put it that way…:

“House Republicans are pushing to retaliate against 13 of their GOP colleagues who voted for a bill to fix roads and bridges.”

“At the same time, they’re defending Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarPressure grows to remove Boebert from committees News reporting in an age of rampant mendacity Kevin McCarthy is hostage to the GOP's 'exotic wing' MORE (R-Ariz.), a loyalist for 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 who tweeted an anime video depicting him killing a Democratic colleague.”

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPressure grows to remove Boebert from committees Senate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill News reporting in an age of rampant mendacity MORE’s (R-Calif.) message during a Capitol basement meeting: “They need to stick together and stay unified — not attack each other — as they focus on defeating Democrats, sources in the room said. That message was primarily aimed at Trump allies who have demanded that the 13 Republicans be stripped of their committee assignments for handing Biden a big bipartisan victory on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.” 

More on the dynamic from The Hill’s Scott Wong:



Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage:



Fire up the production to full-speed:

Via The New York Times’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “The White House, under pressure from activists to increase the supply of coronavirus vaccines to poor nations, plans to invest billions of dollars to expand U.S. manufacturing capacity, with the goal of producing at least one billion doses a year beginning in the second half of 2022, two top advisers to 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 said in an interview on Tuesday.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 47,313,475

U.S. death toll: 765,919

Breakdown of the numbers:



Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 441 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.42 doses

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

Breakdown of the numbers:



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One of the best tweets I’ve seen in some time:  



Warwick then added: “It does not belong to you. Box it up and I will pay the cost of postage, Jake.”

If you’re confused what this tweet means:

Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Pelosi takes victory lap after breaking months-long standoff The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Gosar censured as GOP drama heightens MORE recently released a rerecording of her 2012 album “Red,” that included a song that is rumored to be about her brief relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal

The lyric in the song “All Too Well”: “And I left my scarf there at your sister's house. And you've still got it in your drawer even now" 

So, now, the scarf has been the subject of *many* social media posts. Gyllenhaal’s Instagram has been flooded with comments about the scarf. 

More on why you may keep hearing references to the scarf:



And let’s just say, it's *not* in honor of Jake Gyllenhaal:



Now that’s some Christmas spirit:



I’m chilly just looking at this photo:





The House and Senate are in. President Biden is in Michigan this afternoon. Vice President Harris is in Washington, D.C.

10 a.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief. 

10 a.m. EST: Two cloture votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today: 

12:30 p.m. EST: President Biden leaves for Michigan. 

1:15 p.m. EST: First votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today:

3:05 p.m. EST: President Biden visits General Motors’ Factory ZERO electric vehicle assembly plant in Detroit. 

3:15 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House. 

7:20 p.m. EST: President Biden returns to the White House.


11 a.m. EST: The White House COVID Response Team held a press briefing. Livestream:

1:30 p.m. EST: White House deputy press secretary Chris Meagher speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One. Livestream: 

4:30 pm. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on the bipartisan infrastructure plan. Livestream:


Today is National Baklava Day and National Butter Day!

Catching up over a cold, frothy glass of butterbeer!:

Via The Washington Post’s Adela Sulliman, “Stars of the Harry Potter movies will reunite two decades after the release of the first film — 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone' — for an anniversary television special, set to air in January 2022, movie studio Warner Bros said Tuesday.” What we know:

Getting traction — for OBVIOUS reasons:

Via CNN’s Ramishah Maruf, “Reese's is releasing its largest peanut butter cup ever: a nine-inch Reese's Thanksgiving Pie.” 

The peanut butter cup’s stats: “The super-sized peanut butter cup is the size of an actual pie, with a 9-inch diameter and weighing in at 3.4 pounds.”

Photo of the enormous Reese’s — to prove I’m not making this up:

Ugh, I have some sad news to report: The giant Reese’s cups are already sold out. Reese’s, make more!!


And to brighten your Wednesday, here’s a dog who is simply waiting for the game to begin:


^ Make sure your sound is on ;)