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Senate Democrats strike a deal to cut prescription drug prices in Biden's social spending plan

Source: Business Insider

After previously being considered left on the cutting room floor, a deal to lower prescription drug costs is back in President Joe Biden's Build Back Better framework.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, noting that Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is on board.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.com/lowering-prescription-drug-cost-congress-progress-schumer-sinema-deal-biden-2021-11

Found this disgusting, pro-NYC sanitation post on Facebook

Not sure if anyone without Facebook can see it, but here's the link. The worst part isn't "freedom to not be vaxxed" post though, it's the pictures of the sanitation drivers themselves. Please check it out, I'm horrified. I tried to link the pics but it won't let me. They have Biden and Mayor Bill de Blasio's picture taped to the front of their truck with targets on them.

I don't know who the author of the post is, but he posted it on a local Staten Island Facebook group.


Supreme Court won't review ACLU request for access to surveillance court rulings

Source: The Hill

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for access to decisions handed down by the U.S. surveillance court.

The court denied ACLU’s bid in an unsigned order, over a dissent by Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The ACLU had asked the Supreme Court to consider whether Americans have a First Amendment right to access decisions handed down by the secretive court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which has played a central role amid the government’s expanded mass surveillance efforts over the past two decades.

The group argued in their April brief that the secret court’s once-narrow role ballooned following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and that its portfolio now has “profound implications for individual rights.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/579376-supreme-court-wont-review-aclu-request-for-access-surveillance-court

Only two descents?

What are your Election Day predictions?

Here's mine:

NYC Mayor: Eric Adams (D) defeats Curtis Sliwa (R) by 27 points

NJ Governor: Phil Murphy (D) defeats Jack Ciattarelli (R) by 3 points

VA Governor: Glenn Youngkin (R) defeats Terry McAuliffe (D) by 2 points

What do you think? What are some of your predictions on these and other races (and ballot initiatives) that I didn't list?

Supreme Court to hear case on state efforts to revive a Trump immigration policy

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up an effort by Republican officials to revive a Trump administration effort that denied green cards to immigrants considered likely to become overly dependent on government benefits.

The Department of Homeland Security announced in 2019 that it would expand the definition of "public charge," to be applied to people whose request to become lawful permanent residents could be denied because of a concern they would primarily depend on the government for their income.

In the past, the designation was largely based on an assessment that an immigrant would be dependent upon cash benefits. But the Trump administration broadened the definition to include non-cash benefits such as Medicaid, supplemental nutrition and federal housing assistance.

Anyone who would be likely to require that broader range of help for more than 12 months in any three-year period was swept into the expanded definition.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-hear-case-state-efforts-revive-trump-immigration-policy-n1282754

Virginia malls and shopping centers increase security amid ISIS threat

Source: CBS News

Police in Northern Virginia are on a heightened state of alert as a new law enforcement alert warned of a potential threat against malls and shopping centers located just outside of Washington, D.C. The threat originated with ISIS and is the basis for the alert, sources told CBS News

"We have increased our police presence throughout the county to include major thoroughfares, transit hubs, shopping plazas and shopping malls," Fairfax County police chief Kevin Davis said Friday.

Police said the increased law enforcement presence will be in place through the Halloween weekend and ahead of Virginia's gubernatorial election. Law enforcement officials said they are acting out of an abundance of caution, and as they learn more about the threat, the increased law enforcement presence could be extended through Tuesday's election.

"It's just our responsibility to have a greater presence, to be more aware and to ask the community to have their eyes and ears peeled for suspicious activities," Davis said.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-threat-virginia-malls-shopping-centers-increased-security/

Mitt Romney dresses up as Ted Lasso, has 'biscuits with the boss' with Kyrsten Sinema

(CNN)Sen. Mitt Romney laced up his boots and put on his best Ted Lasso for Halloween, fake mustache and all.

"Warming up for Halloween weekend with the grandkids," the Utah Republican tweeted Thursday, sharing one of the fictional coach's many aphorisms. "As @TedLasso says, 'Your body is like day-old rice. If it ain't warmed up properly, something real bad could happen.'"

Completing the look was Romney-as-Ted paying a visit to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for "biscuits with the boss" -- a highly recognizable moment from the Apple TV+ hit, and a not-so-subtle troll of Democrats, who have been forced to make significant concessions to secure the Arizona centrist's support for President Joe Biden's economic agenda.


I really wanted this in LBN, but it's 20 hours old.

Manchin: IRS reporting requirements likely 'going to be gone' from spending bill

Source: Politico

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sharply criticized a proposal to force banks to report more account information to the IRS, making it much more likely that Democrats will have to drop a plan that could raise hundreds of billions of dollars for their social spending bill.

Manchin said in an interview with the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., that he had already told President Joe Biden that he was against that idea.

“Do you understand how messed up that is?” Manchin said he told the president. “This cannot happen. It’s screwed up.”

“I think that one’s going to be gone,” Manchin added.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/26/joe-manchin-irs-reporting-spending-bill-517194

I actually agree with Manchin on this. The old $600 number was way too low.

Why haven't there been any NYC Mayoral race polls?

I mean, I get it that Adams is the heavy favorite, but it would be nice to see at least one poll. There were polls 4 years ago.

Biden delays release of secret JFK assassination files

Source: Yahoo! News

President Joe Biden ordered yet another delay in the release of secret files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy yet to see the light of day more than 50 years after his death.

A White House memo, signed by Biden, said "[t]emporary continued postponement is necessary to protect against identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure."

The order comes in response to the archivist of the United States recommending the president “temporarily certify the continued withholding of all of the information certified in 2018” and “direct two public releases of the information that has” ultimately “been determined to be appropriate for release to the public,” with one interim release later this year and one more comprehensive release in late 2022, according to the memo.

Delays associated with the coronavirus pandemic were cited as the reason for the recommendation.

Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/biden-delays-release-secret-jfk-015700211.html

Getting delayed because of Covid? That's the excuse this year I guess.
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