It’s a fast moving target, but the Associated Press ties to make sense of what’s in — and what’s out — of the budget reconciliation bill.
Said Eastman: “Anybody who thinks that that’s a viable strategy is crazy.”
Aaron Blake: The architect of Trump’s plot to steal the 2020 election explains himself — absurdly.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) told WMUR he will make a final decision on whether he will run for the U.S. Senate in the next few weeks.
“The State Department informed congressional staff Thursday that it is in touch with 363 US citizens in Afghanistan, 176 of whom want to leave,” CNN reports.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Democrats are within striking distance of agreement on President Biden’s sweeping domestic agenda, The Hill reports.
Said Pelosi: “We had a very positive meeting this morning; I’m very optimistic. It’s exciting, because whatever it is, it’s going to be bigger than anything we’ve ever done for the American people.”
A short time later, she estimated that “more than 90 percent of everything is agreed to.”
Playbook: “It sure seems like the ball is on the goal line. The question is what’s in the Dems’ game plan to push this thing into the end zone.”
Sara Goddard list 25 things you thought are curbside recyclable but aren’t.
“The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas’ abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime,” Axios reports.
Oral arguments are scheduled for Noveember 1.
Vice News spoke with over a dozen election officials who had experienced death threats and felt endangered during the 2020 election period.
“Officials across the United States experienced physical stalking, explicitly violent phone calls, racial slurs, home surveillance, bomb scares, and threats of mass shootings. For some officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, the threats have continued for nearly a year. And now, many of these officials want to quit.”
“A range of people—from nurses to firefighters to students—have filed lawsuits objecting to the mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations imposed by states and cities, claiming the policies infringe on their constitutional rights,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Nearly every legal challenge has failed so far.”
“With limited exceptions involving religious objectors, judges have overwhelmingly upheld orders in numerous states that require health workers, public employees, state university students and government contractors to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of employment. These rulings have allowed states to fire workers who refuse immunization.”
Harry Enten: “You can see how closely feelings toward Trump and vote choice align by looking at the crosstabs of the Fox News poll. On a scale of -1 to +1, the correlation across demographic groups between Trump’s unfavorable rating and McAuliffe’s standing in the horse race was over +0.98. You rarely get that type of correlation between the popularity of an out-of-office politician and vote choice. It’s nearly the same as Biden’s popularity and vote choice (over +0.99 correlation).”
“Indeed, a CBS News/YouGov poll from Virginia shows just how motivating a factor Trump is in whether voters cast a ballot. A majority of likely voters (51%) said feelings about Trump were very motivating. That’s basically the same as the 48% who said the same thing about their feelings toward Biden.”
“Separate polling from a Monmouth University poll in August showed that about the same share of Virginia voters indicated that Trump was a major factor in their 2021 vote as they did in 2017.”
Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) ended a speech on the House floor earlier today with the phrase, “Let’s go, Brandon,” Politico reports.
Said Posey: “People are understandably frustrated. Actually, they are very angry, and they are not going to sit back and take it much longer. Instead of the bogus Build Back Better plan and reconciliation plan, you know what they want? They want the Democrats to help put America back where they found it and leave it the hell alone. Let’s go, Brandon.”
The phrase became popular earlier this month after a NASCAR race won by Brandon Brown. An interviewer commented that the crowd was chanting “let’s go, Brandon.” But they were actually saying, “Fuck you, Biden.”
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin (R) “is facing allegations of antisemitism after accusing allies of Jewish philanthropist George Soros of a shadowy campaign to place secret political operatives onto Virginia school boards,” the Washington Post reports.
Said Youngkin: “The present chaos in our schools lays squarely at the feet of 40-year politician Terry McAuliffe. It just does. But also at George Soros-backed allies, these allies that are in the left, liberal progressive movement. They’ve inserted political operatives into our school system disguised as school boards.”
Amid the dire predictions for Democrats in next year’s midterm elections, Walter Shapiro looks back at what the pundits said for every midterm election since 1994.
“Handicapping off-year congressional elections nearly 400 days in advance has proven about as accurate as an eighteenth-century blunderbuss. Yes, the forerunner of the shotgun could hit its target. But its accuracy was limited, and it carried the risk of misfiring.”
“House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) aims to strike a deal on President Joe Biden’s social safety net plan before Monday as Democrats scramble to salvage their economic agenda,” CNBC reports.
Said Hoyer: “We’d like to get a framework by the end of – frankly today, but no later than the end of the weekend.”
Politico: “Public proclamations aside, we’re bearish on a framework this week (think more like next week) and skeptical about any end-of-the-month deadline to pass this bill.”
Michele Fiore (R) launched a new ad in the Nevada GOP gubernatorial primary taking aim at “moderate, compromise, blue blazer Republican politicians.”
Gallup: “President Joe Biden’s job approval rating is holding steady at 42% after a sharp decline in September. His public support has fallen 14 percentage points since June, including a six-point drop last month.”
Right radio host and conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles claimed that Covid-19 vaccines contain “an egg that hatches into a synthetic parasite and grows inside your body.”
Just as Josh Mandel (R) and J.D. Vance (R) fight over who is the “most conservative” in Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senate race, along comes Mike Gibbons (R) with this new ad.
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