POLITICO Playbook: Progressives wish to know: The place’s Jill Biden?

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ANOTHER CRISIS FOR BIDEN? — WaPo’s Arelis Hernández and Nick Miroff report in a single day that some 10,000 Haitian migrants have crossed the Rio Grande and congregated beneath a border bridge in South Texas. The inflow, they write, presents “the Biden administration with a brand new border emergency at a time when unlawful crossings have reached a 20-year excessive and Division of Homeland Safety officers are straining to accommodate and resettle greater than 60,000 Afghan evacuees.” Administration officers are utilizing the controversial Title 42 regulation to quickly return or “expel” migrants. However they’re hemmed in by latest court docket rulings — together with a big one Thursday — in addition to Mexico’s refusal to take again Haitians.

WHERE’S JILL BIDEN ON FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE? President JOE BIDEN introduced in April that his neighborhood faculty professor spouse would lead the administration’s efforts on new training initiatives, together with her longtime mission to make two years of neighborhood faculty tuition-free.

However with Congress wrestling over what is going to or gained’t make it into their multitrillion-dollar reconciliation package deal, Hill aides say they’re shocked they haven’t heard from the primary woman or her workplace. Progressives and free faculty advocates say they want her assist now to combat for the $111 billion plan, particularly since Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) has floated slimming it down with means testing and grade necessities — if it makes the reduce in any respect. At a Senate Appropriations listening to in June, Manchin declared, “I disagree on free.”

JILL BIDEN, who teaches at Northern Virginia Group School, has been pretty muted on the difficulty exterior of Congress, too. She visited the Des Moines Space Group School on Wednesday to advertise the Construct Again Higher plan, however earlier than that the final occasion she attended to advertise free neighborhood faculty was again in Might. Her workplace mentioned that she’s going to journey to neighborhood schools within the coming weeks, together with a visit to Michigan subsequent week with Schooling Secretary MIGUEL CARDONA.

“The most effective use of the First Woman’s time is to make the general public case for neighborhood faculty, which is what she’s been doing for the final 12 years,” her spokesperson MICHAEL LAROSA mentioned in an announcement. “In actual fact, her work elevating consciousness about America’s greatest saved secret is an enormous purpose why free neighborhood faculty is within the Construct Again Higher legislative package deal at the moment.”

The White Home’s plan has already been pared again in Congress: Home Democrats would finish this system after 5 years.

Some have interpreted Jill Biden’s light-touch strategy as an indication the White Home is perhaps prepared to forgo free neighborhood faculty within the remaining invoice — and doesn’t wish to ship the primary woman out on a limb.

“It is a massive package deal. I can perceive because the West Wing is navigating the scenario why they’re being cautious about how they use her,” mentioned ANITA MCBRIDE, who served as chief of workers to LAURA BUSH. “I believe it’s tough to essentially enlist proper now till there’s some confidence [that it will pass].”

Previous first women have gotten concerned within the legislative enviornment to various levels. HILLARY CLINTON famously spearheaded the Clinton well being care plan. Laura Bush briefed lawmakers on training reform for the No Little one Left Behind invoice. MICHELLE OBAMA was deeply concerned within the legislative course of for her initiative to make faculty meals more healthy. MELANIA TRUMP was not a heavy presence on the Hill, however IVANKA TRUMP lobbied members for youngster care tax credit and paid go away for federal staff.

Others who know Jill say it’s simply not her fashion to get her fingers soiled with politicking.

“She’s very tender spoken, she’s not a headline seeker,” a management aide mentioned.

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D.C. PARTY SCENE GETS MORE EXCLUSIVE: We wrote again in August that former President BARACK OBAMA’s sixtieth birthday bash put a severe damper on the return of D.C. events. However they haven’t gone away: They’ve simply develop into extra intimate and extra A-list. As an illustration, U.Okay. Ambassador (and super-host) KAREN PIERCE threw a small soiree at her residence Tuesday to fete former U.Okay. Ambassador Sir PETER WESTMACOTT and his spouse SUSIE, who have been on the town visiting. Attendees included: Sens. CHRIS COONS (D-Del.), AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-Minn.) and ROY BLUNT (R-Mo.), AMY and STEVE RICCHETTI, EVE and DAVID IGNATIUS, STEVE CLEMONS, DAVID SANGER, SAM FEIST, ADRIENNE ARSHT, DOUGLAS and HEIDI REDIKER, MARY JORDAN, CHARLES MATHIAS and MICHAEL BESCHLOSS.

Others have canceled occasions, nevertheless. JULEANNA GLOVER was planning to throw a guide social gathering for GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON on Saturday however postponed it till the softcover launch in February.

PELOSI VS. EVERYBODY — As Democrats’ huge reconciliation invoice makes its means by way of the machine, one merchandise is getting all the eye: well being care. It’s a combat that principally boils right down to Speaker NANCY PELOSI versus … everybody else — with the legacies of Pelosi, BERNIE SANDERS and Biden at stake. Rachael and POLITICO’s Alice Miranda Ollstein take us to Capitol Hill, the place the knives are popping out over insurance policies lawmakers have agreed on for years — or thought they did — with lots on the road: $3.5 trillion, the way forward for the Reasonably priced Care Act and dueling visions for the Democratic Occasion. Hear and subscribe to Playbook Deep Dive


— 8:30 a.m.: The president will reconvene the Main Economies Discussion board on Vitality and Local weather, specializing in local weather change.

— 10 a.m.: Biden will obtain the President’s Every day Temporary.

— 12:20 p.m.: Biden will depart for Rehoboth Seaside, Del. (touring by way of Dover), the place he’ll arrive at 1:25 p.m.

The White Home Covid-19 response group and public well being officers will transient at 11:45 a.m.



2022 WATCH — NYT’s Jonathan Martin broke a shocking however maybe not shocking story final night time: Rep. ANTHONY GONZALEZ (R-Ohio), considered one of 10 Home Republicans who voted to question DONALD TRUMP, is bowing out of what he mentioned would have been a “brutal” reelection main combat in opposition to former Trump aide MAX MILLER. Citing partly threats of violence in opposition to his household, Gonzalez advised Jmart that “he couldn’t bear the prospect of successful if it meant returning to a Trump-dominated Home Republican caucus” and referred to as Trump “a most cancers for the nation.”

A little bit of perspective: “Mr. Gonzalez, who turns 37 on Saturday, was the type of Republican recruit the social gathering as soon as prized. A Cuban American who starred as an Ohio State large receiver, he was chosen within the first spherical of the N.F.L. draft after which earned an M.B.A. at Stanford after his soccer profession was reduce brief by accidents. He claimed his Northeast Ohio seat in his first bid for political workplace.” His full assertion

— @maggieNYT: “That is how Trump wins, in small increments.”

— Flashback, July 28: “‘He’s a Nice Man’: Trump’s Favored Aide Has Troubled Previous,” by Michael Kruse in POLITICO Journal

— Trump is endorsing candidates in social gathering main elections all the best way down the poll, a stage of involvement that’s just about exceptional for former presidents, all however making certain a chaotic GOP main season that’s more likely to drain sources, bloody eventual nominees and put protected incumbents in danger, Marc Caputo writes.

ABORTION AND COVID DOMINATE VA DEBATE — The most well liked matters in Washington performed out within the Virginia governor’s race with Democrat TERRY MCAULIFFE and Republican GLENN YOUNGKIN portray the opposite as “excessive” on the problems of abortion and Covid, the AP’s Sarah Rankin and Steve Helber write. On the finish, McAuliffe threw in a jab that Youngkin is a “Trump wannabe.”

THE RACE FOR NEW YORK GOVERNOR — New York A.G. TISH JAMES, who investigated ANDREW CUOMO earlier than he resigned, is eyeing a run for his former job, CNBC’s Brian Schwartz reviews.

DEMOCRACY WATCH — CNN’s Daniel Dale has a step again on Trump’s efforts to put in 2020 election deniers in key state positions overseeing the 2024 election. “[E]xperts and lots of Democrats worry that makes an attempt to subvert the need of the voters stand a a lot higher likelihood of success,” he writes.


SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN — Biden, Pelosi and Senate Majority Chief CHUCK SCHUMER held a name Thursday afternoon to recreation out find out how to avert a authorities shutdown and deal with the looming debt cliff, Caitlin Emma, Jennifer Scholtes and Heather Caygle report. One massive determination: whether or not to incorporate a debt restrict enhance in laws to maintain the federal government open. “A invoice that addresses each fiscal threats would possible move the Home, however its odds are extremely questionable within the Senate, the place all however 4 GOP lawmakers have promised to vote in opposition to elevating the debt restrict,” they write.

Democrats are loath to lift the debt ceiling through reconciliation, which might keep away from the necessity for Republican votes however let the GOP off the hook. Although it wouldn’t resolve the issue, Democratic leaders may choose to show the screws on “GOP lawmakers to both fall in line or go on report in opposition to billions of {dollars} in catastrophe support, stopping a authorities shutdown and avoiding debt default.”

TRUMP ECONOMIC TEAM VS. BBB A gaggle of Trump advisers together with former NEC Director LARRY KUDLOW, former SBA chief LINDA MCMAHON and former price range director RUSSELL VOUGHT is dropping a $10 million marketing campaign in opposition to Biden’s newest financial package deal, WaPo’s Jeff Stein reviews.


FRENCH CONNECTION — The U.S. acknowledged it solely gave France a second’s discover earlier than saying its submarine know-how settlement with Australia and the U.Okay. — a pact that France referred to as “a knife within the again.” NYT’s Michael Shear and Roger Cohen have extra.

— A Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesperson mentioned Thursday the transfer has solely “intensified” a regional arms race, Phelim Kine reviews. The assertion “displays the Chinese language authorities’s recognition that the U.S. has been capable of rally allies within the Indo-Pacific to counter Beijing’s more and more aggressive strikes within the area,” Phelim writes.


DURHAM INDICTMENT DROPS — Particular counsel JOHN DURHAM on Thursday charged lawyer MICHAEL SUSSMANN, alleging he “‘lied concerning the capability during which he was offering … allegations to the FBI’ of potential cyber hyperlinks between a Russian financial institution and an organization owned by Trump,” WaPo’s Devlin Barrett and Spencer Hsu report. A key graf: “Authorized consultants promptly forged doubt on the case’s broader significance, saying the alleged transgression appeared comparatively minor given the size of time Durham’s group has been at work. ‘If that is all Durham’s received, it has a really feel of making an attempt to justify his existence for the final two years,’ mentioned RANDALL ELIASON, a former federal prosecutor who specialised in corruption instances.”

TV TONIGHT — PBS’ “Washington Week”: Jonathan Martin, Sabrina Siddiqui, Kelsey Snell and Zolan Kanno-Youngs.

TV SATURDAY — Ayman Mohyeldin’s new MSNBC present, “Ayman,” will debut Saturday at 8 p.m. on MSNBC.


  • CBS

    “Face the Nation”: Scott Gottlieb … Scott Kirby … Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).


    “The Sunday Present”: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) … Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo … Morgan Harper … Carol Leonnig … Michael Bender.

  • Grey TV

    “Full Courtroom Press”: Austan Goolsbee … Ilir Sela.

  • FOX

    “Fox Information Sunday”: New nationwide polling. Panel: Marc Quick, Julie Tempo and Mo Elleithee. Energy Participant: Jay Glazer.

  • CNN

    “Inside Politics”: Panel: Margaret Talev, Jonathan Martin, Sabrina Siddiqui, Rachael Bade and Ashish Jha.

  • ABC

    “This Week”: Panel: Jonathan Karl, Rachel Scott, Evan Osnos and Vivian Salama.

  • NBC

    “Meet the Press”: Panel: María Teresa Kumar, Wealthy Lowry and Anna Palmer.

Mike Lindell is determined to get again on Fox.

Elon Musk took his Bay Space mansion, listed for $37.5 million, off the market. He’s been unloading his earthly actual property as he focuses on colonizing Mars.

Jennifer Rubin just isn’t a fan.

Meena Harris began tennis classes.

Sergey Lavrov likes to journey diplomatically with mistress in tow, in keeping with Alexei Navalny’s group.

SPOTTED: Tom Friedman having dinner together with his spouse, Ann, at Silver Spring’s Parkway Deli.

SPOTTED at a “Masked & Vaxxed” live performance that includes Previous Crow Drugs Present, hosted by Influence Arts + Movie Fund at Pearl Avenue Warehouse, in assist of Music Well being Alliance: Steve Clemons, Adrienne Elrod, Kimball Stroud, David White, Gordon Hensley, Blair Watters, Joe Ellis, Bruce Harris, Ryan Grim, Ilyse Hogue, Bruce Kieloch, Melissa Maxfield, Adam Parkhomenko, Erik Huey and Christina Sevilla.

SNEAK PEAK — “Fiasco” — a documentary collection tailored from host and govt producer Leon Neyfakh’s podcast — is debuting on EPIX on Sunday at 10 p.m. The primary episode explores how “Jimmy Carter’s failure to free American hostages units the stage for Reagan’s personal hostage disaster,” amidst the backdrop of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Watch an unique clip from the debut episode right here

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — Brittany Baker has joined Accenture as a advisor. She beforehand served within the Trump West Wing as deputy chief of workers on the Nationwide Financial Council for Larry Kudlow.

MEDIA MOVES — Julio Vaqueiro is taking on Telemundo’s prime night newscast, “Noticias Telemundo,” as earlier anchor Jose Diaz-Balart goes to MSNBC. Extra from the L.A. Occasions Farnoush Amiri is becoming a member of the AP’s Congress group as a reporter. She beforehand coated the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.

STAFFING UP — The White Home introduced a number of new nominations: Nickolas Guertin as director of operational check and analysis at DOD, John Sherman as CIO at DOD, Margo Schlanger as assistant Agriculture secretary for civil rights, Krista Boyd as IG on the Workplace of Personnel Administration and Robert Otto Valdez as assistant HHS secretary for planning and analysis.

TRANSITIONS — Ben Sheidler, TJ Tatum, Ross Giesinger and Chris Carpenter are becoming a member of Cornerstone Authorities Affairs as principals. Sheider beforehand was VP of exterior comms for Equifax. Tatum beforehand was a principal at Sard Verbinnen and is a Steve Scalise alum. Giesinger beforehand was coverage adviser to the speaker of the Texas Home of Representatives. Carpenter beforehand was a companion at Garrett McNatt Hennessey & Carpenter 360. …

… Brian Lemek is now founder and govt director of a brand new PAC, Defend the Vote. He beforehand was a founding member and govt director of Brady PAC. … Max Virkus is now senior financial coverage adviser to Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.). He beforehand was legislative director for Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), and is a Joyce Beatty alum. … Zachary Holman is now deputy press secretary for Sen. Angus King (I-Maine). He most not too long ago was director of comms for the Maryland Democratic Occasion.

WEDDING — Heather Foster, VP for marketplaces on the Affiliation for Group Affiliated Plans and a Diana DeGette alum, and Adam Ezring, deputy govt director of the Collaborative for Pupil Success and an Ed & Labor alum, received married Aug. 19 in a Thirteenth-century Medici villa and wine property in Tuscany, Italy, after three pandemic-related postponements. The celebration included wine tasting, a pizza social gathering and scheduled journeys to native Italian pharmacies for Covid testing. Pic One other pic

WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Katrina Bishop, public affairs supervisor at AEM, and AJ Bishop, a senior affiliate at Focused Strategy, welcomed Charlotte Lucia on Monday. She got here in at 7 lbs, 14 oz and 20.25 inches, and joins pet Maggie. Pic

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) … Steve Scully of the Bipartisan Coverage Middle … David LittRichard Wolffe of The Guardian … Invoice BriggsAnna TaylorMarin Cogan … POLITICO’s Emily Birnbaum and Crystal Thomas … WaPo’s Rachel Roubein … DOJ’s Anthony ColeyKimberley Fritts of Cogent Methods … Matthew Boyse of the State Division … Natalie Edelstein of Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wis.) workplace … NBC’s Henry GomezDavid WadeScott Nulty of Sen. Jerry Moran’s (R-Kan.) workplace … Cole LyleBrian Patrick of Rep. Invoice Huizenga’s (R-Mich.) workplace … Don Baer of Brunswick … Invariant’s Morgan Gress JohnsonSteve KerriganCourtney LaydonMonica PatelT.J. HelmstetterDoug JohnsonClaire Magee FergusonAdam AbramsSandra AbrevayaCarol KresseCourtney O’Donnell … former Justice David Souter Elise Zappia … retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni Sergio Rodriguera … former Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) … J.T. Foley of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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CORRECTION: An earlier model of this Playbook misstated Don Baer’s work affiliation. He’s at Brunswick.

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