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MIDTERM MADNESS: How to stave off a blue wave in November

“The House GOP’s campaign arm is facing tough choices about where to shift precious resources in the midterm elections, as Republicans desperately try to stave off a potential blue wave this November,”The Hill reports.

AZ-SEN: The Washington Post reports on the private concerns among the GOP that Sen. McCain will not return to the Senate, and the party will be forced to defend two seats in Arizona.

AZ-8: Doug Jones, Conor Lamb, and ….Hiral Tipirneni? The Democrat running for the seat vacated by GOP Rep. Trent Franks is hoping to become the party’s next special election victor.

FL-GOV: GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis said Trump is heading south to campaign for him soon, though he declined to discuss any details, Politico reports.

FL-26: GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo, an outspoken critic of EPA head Scott Pruitt, called on the embattled agency head to resign.

MS-SEN: Jason Shelton, the Democratic mayor of Tupelo, Miss., became the fourth candidate to enter the race for former Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat in November.

TX-SEN: Democrat Beto O’Rourke raised a whopping $6.7 million the first quarter of his campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz.

WI-GOV: GOP Gov. ScottWalker is warning of a blue wave in Wisconsin after liberal judge Rebecca Dallet’s convincing victory.

TRUMP AGENDA: Begun the trade war has

China announced tariffs on 106 more U.S. products, CNBC reports.

Stocks are on course for a steep drop, the Wall Street Journal writes.

The Washington Post: “Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III informed President Trump’s attorneys last month that he is continuing to investigate the president but does not consider him a criminal target at this point, according to three people familiar with the discussions.”

Mueller’s probe scored its first prison sentence Tuesday; a lawyer who lied to investigators received 30 days in prison.

From the New York Times:“Far from learning on the job or modifying his views to fit the imperatives of America’s global role — as did so many of his predecessors — Mr. Trump is falling back on the familiar mix of belligerence and isolationism that fueled his “America First” campaign.”

“President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wanted to get out of Syria and bring U.S. troops back home — only moments after his top advisers said publicly that the fight against ISIS was not finished,” NBC’s Abigail Williams reports.

The president now wants to send the National Guard to the southern border.

Embattled EPA Administrator Pruitt told the Washington Examiner his critics will “resort to anything” to stop the Trump agenda.

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France bulks up military with mega cash injection as budget soars to €41BN – up €1.7BN

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EMMANUEL MACRON announced a huge increase in spending for the French Armed Forces, in his latest bid to win over voters ahead of next year’s Presidential elections.

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Biden seeks to bring his party together amid infighting over agenda

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WASHINGTON — The true fate of President Biden’s legislative agenda was always going to be clear when Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V. huddled with progressives to tell them what he’s specifically for on reconciliation, and when Biden rolled up his sleeves to tell his party how it should proceed.

Today, it appears we might get an answer to that second question — or at least the beginning of the answer.

President Biden is expected to meet today with House and Senate Democrats to discuss a way forward on the infrastructure/reconciliation legislative packages, especially with the infrastructure bill set for a House vote on Monday, per NBC News.

“As of Tuesday evening, the White House had not settled on the final timing and invite list for the gatherings but a source familiar with the planning told NBC News that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are expected to attend a 2 p.m. ET meeting at the White House,” NBC’s Teaganne Finn, Sahil Kapur, Geoff Bennett and Haley Talbot write.

The standoff here: “Progressive lawmakers have said they won’t back the Senate-passed infrastructure bill, a top priority for the Democratic leadership, unless the larger $3.5 trillion reconciliation package passes first. Moderates, meanwhile, said they won’t support the reconciliation measure unless the bipartisan infrastructure bill passes on Monday as scheduled.”

The real endgame to this stalemate has always been Manchin finally showing his cards about what he can support on reconciliation, given that Democrats need his vote (as well as Sen Kyrsten Sinema’s) in the current 50-50 Senate.

But the other key component was Biden leading his party and trying to find a way out.

Can Biden really afford to see his infrastructure deal go down to defeat next week?

Progressive House Dems are threatening to vote against the bipartisan infrastructure deal that the Senate passed last month — as a way to keep both it and the reconciliation package (which is still TBD) tied together legislatively.

But can Biden afford to see the infrastructure bill go down to defeat in the House? Even if the measure gets another vote whenever the reconciliation stalemate gets resolved?

Here’s what Biden said last month when the infrastructure package cleared the Senate by a 69-30 vote, with 19 Republicans joining all 50 Democratic senators:

“Folks, above all, this historic investment in infrastructure is what I believe you, the American people, want — what you’ve been asking for for a long, long time. This bill shows that we can work together.

“I know a lot of people — some sitting in the audience here — didn’t think this could happen. This bill was declared dead more often than — anyway. That bipartisanship was a thing of the past. From the time I announced my candidacy (inaudible) bringing the country together and doing things in a bipartisan way, it was characterized as a relic of an — an earlier age.

“As you may well remember, I never believed that. I still don’t.

“So, I want to thank those senators who worked so hard to bring this agreement together. I know it wasn’t easy.

“For the Republicans who supported this bill, you showed a lot of courage. And I want to personally thank you for that, and I’ve called most of you on the phone to do just that.

“You have — and no doubt, you will –- disagree with me on many issues. But where we can agree, we should. And here, on this bill, we proved that we can still come together to do big things, important things for the American people.”

Bottom line: Will someone who ran for president touting his deal-making ability (including with the opposition), who delivered an inaugural address on achieving unity, and who routinely emphasizes the power of his word in negotiations really allow his party to defeat this bill?

Even if it’s a temporary defeat?

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Data Download: The numbers you need to know today

$30 million: How much the DSCC is investing in a new field program targeting nine states with the hopes of holding onto their slim majority.

500 million: How many more Pfizer Covid vaccine doses America is buying to donate to the world.

42,455,954: The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, per the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 125,672 more since yesterday morning.)

682,653: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, per the most recent data from NBC News. (That’s 2,360 more since yesterday morning.)

386,780,816: The number of vaccine doses administered in the U.S., per the CDC. (That’s 542,935 more since yesterday morning.)

54.8 percent: The share of all Americans who are fully vaccinated, per the CDC.

66 percent: The share of all U.S. adults at least 18 years of age who are fully vaccinated, per CDC

ICYMI: What else is happening in the world

U.S. diplomats suffering from the so-called “Havana Syndrome” had a tense meeting with Secretary of State Blinken this month.

The New York Times reports that the Trump campaign wrote a memo in mid-November that acknowledged many of the conspiracy theories spouted by Trump’s allies claiming massive election fraud were false.

Many Americans are having to postpone important medical procedures because hospitals are inundated with Covid patients.

Democrats are criticizing the Biden administration over the treatment of Haitian migrants.

The Washington Post reports that few GOP Senate candidates are backing Trump’s call to depose Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The former French Ambassador to the U.S. hammered the Biden administration over its handling of L’affaire Sous-marine.

And this Wednesday night at 7:00 pm ET, Speaker Pelosi, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and other Democratic lawmakers will join progressive health-care activist Ady Barkan for the online premiere of his documentary “Not Going Quietly.”



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'Get a grip and give me a break!' Boris rages in French as he loses patience with Macron

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BORIS Johnson has lost his temper at Emmanuel Macron over Frances’s reaction to the AUKUS pact between the US, UK, and Australia.

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