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President BidenblankJoe BidenTop US and Israeli security officials to discuss Iran, Palestinians in Washington On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Biden plays debt limit hardball with McConnell Highway bill’s long and winding road MORE mentioned Monday he can’t assure america will avert default on its nationwide debt, an admission that comes amid an escalating struggle with Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnellblankAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — Presented by NRHC — Biden plays debt limit hardball with McConnell Schumer sets up Wednesday vote to suspend debt ceiling Manchin open to debt hike through reconciliation, rules out nixing filibuster MORE (R-Ky.) over elevating the cap on borrowing inside weeks.


Biden directed his ire at McConnell over the GOP’s continued resistance to voting to boost the nation’s statutory authority to borrow to satisfy its obligations, saying that if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, Republicans will probably be answerable for the monetary ramifications. 


“I can’t consider that would be the finish outcome, as a result of the implications are so dire. However can I assure it? If I may, I might. However I can’t,” Biden admitted to reporters when requested if he may guarantee Individuals that default is not going to happen for the primary time in U.S. historical past (The Hill).


Treasury Secretary Janet YellenblankJanet Louise YellenOn The Money — Presented by NRHC — Biden plays debt limit hardball with McConnell Manchin open to debt hike through reconciliation, rules out nixing filibuster America’s default won’t trigger market chaos — and that’s the problem MORE has advised lawmakers that they’ve till Oct. 18 to greenlight a rise, however that has not modified McConnell’s tune. For practically three months, McConnell has referred to as on Democrats to behave alone to boost a cap now practically exhausted by the Treasury Division, a warning the Kentucky Republican reissued in a letter to Biden on Monday.


“Your lieutenants in Congress should perceive that you don’t want your unified Democratic authorities to sleepwalk towards an avoidable disaster once they have had practically three months’ discover to do their job,” McConnell wrote. 


“Republicans’ place is easy. We’ve got no checklist of calls for. For 2 and a half months, we’ve got merely warned that since your occasion needs to manipulate alone, it should deal with the debt restrict alone as nicely” (The Hill).


The New York Times: Because the U.S. hurtles towards a debt disaster, what does McConnell need?


Nonetheless, Biden all however shut the door on elevating the debt ceiling by means of the reconciliation course of by relying solely Democratic help, saying time was too brief. 


“It is an extremely difficult, cumbersome course of, and there is a quite simple course of sitting on the desk in america Senate,” Biden mentioned, referring to a Home-passed invoice.


Senate Majority Chief Charles SchumerblankChuck SchumerSchumer: Congress needs to raise debt ceiling by end of the week Battling over Biden’s agenda: A tale of two Democratic parties Arizona Democrats’ frustration with Sinema comes to a head MORE (D-N.Y.) mentioned on Monday that the higher chamber must act by the tip of the week. Senators are scheduled to be out of city subsequent week for a Columbus Day break (The Hill). The New York Democrat set a Wednesday vote to boost the cap on borrowing; Republicans are anticipated to filibuster it (The Hill). 


“Earlier than the tip of this week, the Senate should — should — get a invoice to the president’s desk to deal with the acute disaster of the debt restrict,” Schumer mentioned. 


“Even a near-miss can have dramatic penalties — each single day we delay taking motion, we improve the possibilities of doing irreversible harm to our international monetary system, our financial restoration, and belief in our nation’s capability to pay its money owed,” he added.


As The Hill’s Alexander Bolton writes, unity inside Republican ranks has solely intensified behind McConnell’s transfer, particularly after Democrats not too long ago pulled a debt ceiling improve provision from a invoice to fund the federal government by means of early December.


Some Democratic senators acknowledge their occasion controls the chief and legislative branches and is considered as answerable for averting a disaster. Sen. Tim KaineblankTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineFDA authorizes new rapid COVID-19 test, says capacity will double Senate Democrats dial down the Manchin tension Congress poised to avert shutdown, but brawl looms on debt MORE (D-Va.) inspired Democratic management to place debt-limit language within the price range decision the Senate handed in August, which might have enabled Senate Democrats to maneuver extra rapidly with a reconciliation invoice to boost the debt restrict with none GOP help. 


“I believed that may have been the good factor to do,” he mentioned. “Finally, I really feel there’s no means that Democrats are going to permit a default. … There’s no probability, zero, that Democrats will enable a default.”


The underside line: Congress is not going to boost the debt ceiling this week and there will probably be extra intense finger-pointing between now and later this month — when Biden will signal a debt hike into legislation.





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CONGRESS & MORE WHITE HOUSE: Whereas Biden turned his bully pulpit right into a cleaning soap field on Monday to rail about politics and the nation’s expiring borrowing authority, he’ll journey at this time to Howell, Mich., to replace his efforts to woo the general public along with his description of his struggling legislative agenda. Two massive measures he unveiled within the spring at the moment are more likely to shed about $1 trillion in proposed spending over a decade as Biden tries to seek out ample Democratic votes for enactment.


The Hill: Biden to hit the street in financial agenda pitch.


The Associated Press: Biden is raring to get out of Washington to push the advantages of his spending plan. He’ll seem within the district of Rep. Elise Slotkin (D-Mich.) in a county captured by his predecessor within the 2020 election.


Niall Stanage, The Memo: Biden caught in center of difficult Democratic struggle.


The deadline in Congress set by Democratic leaders now stretches to Oct. 31 for passage of a measure to repair roads, bridges, airports and to bolster rural broadband, and a separate social coverage package deal that may keep away from the Senate’s 60-vote threshold utilizing a device often known as reconciliation. Federal floor transportation packages expire on Nov. 1, placing infrastructure investments within the highlight. 





The bigger coverage invoice with Democrats’ want checklist for expanded advantages for kids, group faculty college students, seniors, well being care and the battle to curb local weather change will probably be reworked.


Speaker Nancy PelosiblankNancy PelosiSchumer sets up Wednesday vote to suspend debt ceiling Highway bill’s long and winding road Manchin open to debt hike through reconciliation, rules out nixing filibuster MORE (D-Calif.) told her caucus on Monday that the present price ticket of $3.5 trillion embraced by the Home must shrink. Home liberals balk at slicing the entire package deal to $1.5 trillion over 10 years, which some average Democrats favor.


The Hill: Democrats face robust decisions on trimming spending package deal.


The New York Times: Lobbying kicks into excessive gear with Biden’s agenda within the stability.


Gerald F. Seib, The Wall Avenue Journal: How America’s polarized politics produced Democrats’ inner struggle.


Extra headlines in Washington: The Division of Well being and Human Companies on Monday lifted a ban on abortion referrals by household planning clinics, which had been a Trump-era restriction. The division restored the Obama administration’s federal household planning program, which allowed clinics to refer girls looking for abortion companies to suppliers (The Associated Press). … Former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), 74, died of most cancers on Monday. He’s finest remembered for a 2012 marketing campaign remark about  “official rape” earlier than his loss in a race for a Senate seat (The Hill). 




FACEBOOK: Fb, Instagram and WhatsApp had been unavailable to customers for greater than 5 hours on Monday, disrupting the lives of billions of individuals, quite a few companies and rendering communications on the platforms inaccessible. 


Shortly earlier than midday, error messages began popping up on Fb and its associated functions, with these websites not going again on-line for hours, and the corporate saying that it may take much more time for these platforms to be buzzing as they had been beforehand. 


“To the large group of individuals and companies around the globe who rely upon us: we’re sorry. We’ve been working arduous to revive entry to our apps and companies and are comfortable to report they’re coming again on-line now. Thanks for bearing with us.” Fb tweeted greater than six hours after its functions went down (The Hill). 


As The New York Times famous, common customers weren’t the one ones affected as Fb workers had been unable to make use of firm electronic mail, use inner communication strategies or conduct enterprise as normal. The tech large has but to disclose what prompted the hours-long blackout.


“Fb, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are coming again on-line now,” Fb CEO and co-founder Mark ZuckerbergblankMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Facebook experiences widespread outage Wisconsin House speaker signs subpoenas in election audit Big Tech should pay for damaging mental health MORE posted late Monday. “Sorry for the disruption at this time — I understand how a lot you depend on our companies to remain related with the folks you care about.”


Including insult to harm for the corporate, Zuckerberg noticed his private price drop by greater than $6 billion following the outages after a Wall Avenue selloff dropped Fb’s inventory by 4.9 p.c (Bloomberg News).


Bloomberg News: Fb shares undergo worst drop this 12 months as tech losses mount.


Joanna Stern, The Wall Street Journal: Fb, Instagram and WhatsApp outage: What to do when your on-line life vanishes.


Individually, a Fb whistleblower who appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday will testify at this time earlier than a Senate subcommittee. Frances Haugen is more likely to face a big selection of questions in regards to the firm’s content material moderation, privateness and market energy (The Hill).


The Washington Post: Zuckerberg’s apologies have been a staple of Fb scandals. Now, the corporate presents defiance.





MORE ADMINISTRATION: The State Division warned China about its current military provocations aimed toward Taiwan, turning its consideration to Beijing and what Biden has recognized as America’s best twenty first century problem. On the identical time on Monday, U.S. Commerce Consultant Katherine TaiblankKatherine TaiOn The Money — Presented by NRHC — Biden plays debt limit hardball with McConnell Overnight Defense & National Security — China steps up saber rattling White House puts China on notice MORE mentioned in a speech that america plans to start direct talks with China on commerce, specializing in its failure to adjust to the Trump-era “part one” commerce pact, which can expire this 12 months (The Hill).


The Hill: The White Home places China on discover.


> The Transportation Safety Administration, which marks its twentieth anniversary subsequent month, is preoccupied with a surge in unruly airline passengers. David Pekoske, the pinnacle of the company, told The Hill’s Alex Gangitano that as extra Individuals resume air journey and the U.S. plans for extra worldwide guests, the company is decided to curb traveler disturbances within the air and in airports.


The Federal Aviation Administration has levied steep fines towards unruly passengers, airways have bounced such passengers from flights and legislation enforcement officers have met flights at airport gates to take away passengers who defied aviation guidelines and directions. 




CORONAVIRUS: Johnson & Johnson, maker of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine administered to thousands and thousands of Individuals, plans this week to ask federal regulators to authorize a booster shot (The New York Times). 


The Meals and Drug Administration scheduled conferences Oct. 15 and 16 of its skilled advisory committee to debate booster doses of the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines — each of that are approved to be used in adults. In the course of the second assembly, the committee additionally will focus on information from the Nationwide Institutes of Well being and the protection and effectiveness of administering preliminary doses of 1 producer’s vaccine and, later, a booster dose of a model created by one other firm (Politico). 


Pfizer beforehand was granted authorities approval for booster photographs for folks 65 and older and people with compromised immune programs or occupational dangers of an infection.


Medscape: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine antibodies might disappear in seven months, examine says.


The Washington Post: Nationwide Institutes of Well being Director Francis Collins will step down by 12 months’s finish.


> Mandates: Southwest Airways introduced on Monday that each one workers are required to be vaccinated towards by COVID-19 by Dec. 8 in accordance with a brand new directive for all federal contractors to get the vaccine. Staff of Southwest, together with different main airways, are thought of federal contractors as a result of they transport authorities workers, items and different companies.


“Southwest Airways is a federal contractor and we’ve got no viable selection however to adjust to the U.S. authorities mandate for Staff to be vaccinated, and — like different airways — we’re taking steps to conform,” Gary Kelly, the airline’s CEO advised employees on Monday (CNBC). 


In New York, Mayor Bill de BlasioblankBill de BlasioOvernight Health Care — Presented by EMAA — Biden unravels Trump rule banning clinics from abortion referrals De Blasio says 95 percent of NYC schools staff vaccinated as mandate takes effect Kyrie Irving becomes NBA’s anti-vaccine face MORE (D) introduced on Monday that 95 p.c of employees at New York Metropolis faculties are vaccinated towards COVID-19 as an worker mandate takes impact. The mayor revealed that 96 p.c of lecturers and 99 p.c of principals have gotten the jab (The Hill).


Northwell Well being, the biggest New York well being care supplier, terminated 1,400 workers for failure to be vaccinated towards COVID-19 by the state and firm’s respective deadlines (The Hill). 


The Associated Press: Australia, cautious throughout the pandemic, gained’t welcome worldwide vacationers till 2022.

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The Home meets at 9 a.m. for a professional forma session. The total Home is out till Oct. 19.


The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. and resumes consideration of the nomination of Paloma Adams-Allen to be deputy administrator of america Company for Worldwide Growth. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Shopper Safety, Product Security and Knowledge Safety throughout a 10 a.m. hearing will query former Fb worker Haugen in regards to the firm’s insurance policies affecting kids. 


The president will obtain the President’s Day by day Transient at 9 a.m. Biden will meet just about with Home lawmakers at 10:15 a.m. to speak about pending laws. He travels to Howell, Mich., to go to the Worldwide Union of Working Engineers Native 324 coaching facility at 3 p.m. and can talk about his agenda at 3:30 p.m. Biden will return to the White Home this night.


Vice President Harris will take part in a digital finance occasion for the Democratic Nationwide Committee at 6 p.m.


Secretary of State Antony BlinkenblankAntony BlinkenHillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Facebook experiences widespread outage Senators warn of Chinese technology threats ahead of international meeting Family of Austin Tice calls on Biden to help secure son’s release from Syria MORE at this time chairs the ministerial meeting of the Group for Financial Cooperation and Growth in Paris. He delivers a day keynote handle and holds bilateral conferences with counterparts. His schedule is HERE. The Associated Press describes his diplomatic challenges in France. 


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COURTS: A New York State choose mentioned Monday that former President TrumpblankDonald TrumpTop US and Israeli security officials to discuss Iran, Palestinians in Washington State AG seeks meeting with TikTok CEO over ‘Slap a Teacher’ challenge On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Biden plays debt limit hardball with McConnell MORE will probably be deposed earlier than Christmas in a defamation lawsuit filed by Summer season Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant who alleges that Trump sexually assaulted her on the Beverly Hills Lodge in 2007 and defamed her throughout his presidential marketing campaign when he mentioned she lied about it. He denies her claims (ABC News). … The Supreme Court docket on Monday turned away an enchantment by Washington, D.C., residents over their lack of voting rights in Congress, affirming a decrease courtroom ruling that held that District residents aren’t entitled to voting illustration within the U.S. Home. The nation’s highest courtroom indicated in an unsigned transient its ruling was primarily based on a Supreme Court docket resolution from greater than 20 years in the past that discovered that Washingtonians don’t have a constitutional proper to a vote in Congress (The Hill). … Justices additionally declined to listen to a “certified immunity” go well with over the deadly police capturing of a schizophrenic man in a case that raised questions on authorized limitations to suing authorities employees for alleged wrongdoing (The Hill).





➔ ORGANIZED LABOR: Liz Shuler‘s ascension in August to president of the AFL-CIO after the dying of former president Richard Trumka comes at a important time for the federation, which is grappling with declining union membership and a Democratic Congress that’s struggling to move its favored pro-worker priorities, reports The Hill’s Karl Evers-Hillstrom.


URBAN LIFE: Local weather change, coupled with escalating inhabitants progress, is making massive metropolis life more and more dangerous, consultants agree (The Hill).


ENTERTAINMENT: England’s Glastonbury Competition introduced on Monday that Billie Eilish, 19, will develop into the youngest solo-headliner of the famed music occasion when she takes the stage in June. The occasion will probably be Glastonbury’s first full-scale, in-person occasion since 2019. The 2020 occasion was canceled attributable to COVID-19, whereas this 12 months’s confab was held over livestream (The Associated Press).


And at last … “There isn’t any such factor because the unknown, solely issues quickly hidden, quickly not understood.” — Captain James T. Kirk, “Star Trek” (YouTube).


Actor William Shatner, 90, says he wouldn’t miss an opportunity to go to the sting of outer area in a real-life efficiency he’s been rehearsing for many years. He’ll be one in every of 4 passengers aboard the following Blue Origin area flight blasting off from West Texas on Oct. 12 for an 11-minute journey. 


“I’ve heard about area for a very long time now,” the star of TV and movies mentioned in a press release. “I am taking the chance to see it for myself. What a miracle” (CNN).


Reuters: Russian actors at this time blasted off to aim a world first: a film in area.
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