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00:20  01 december  2022 Source:   thehill.com

Biden to pardon pair of Thanksgiving turkeys, participate in Friendsgiving dinner with troops

  Biden to pardon pair of Thanksgiving turkeys, participate in Friendsgiving dinner with troops Joe Biden will grant presidential reprieve to national Thanksgiving turkey and its alternate during ceremony on White House South Lawn.Biden will grant a presidential reprieve to the lucky gobblers during a ceremony on the White House South Lawn. The event will mark the 75th anniversary of the annual tradition, which ensures the birds won't up as the main course on someone's dinner table.

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Settle in and get comfy, folks. This is our life for the next two years:

Biden brings Thanksgiving pies to Nantucket first responders

  Biden brings Thanksgiving pies to Nantucket first responders NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday delivered at least half a dozen pumpkin pies to Massachusetts firefighters during a Thanksgiving Day show of appreciation and his toddler grandson walked away with a red fire hat topping his blond curls. “Oh wow,” Biden was heard to say upon seeing Beau Biden, who is nearly 3, emerge from the headquarters building wearing the hat. The president was with the firefighters who had lined up outside the building to welcome him.

Former President Trump is officially running for another term in 2024, and amid the speculation of President Biden’s 2024 plans, Biden has started to take on his rival more directly.

For example — Biden said during the annual turkey pardon: “There’s no ballot stuffing, there’s no ‘fowl’ play.’  The only ‘red wave’ this season is going to be if our German shepherd Commander knocks over the cranberry sauce on our table.”

And on the same day that Trump announced his candidacy: The White House launched a new webpage to highlight “the Biden Harris record.”

Other examples and what strategists think this says about Biden’s 2024 plans, via The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Alex Gangitano


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is publishing a memoir in late February amid the speculation of a potential 2024 presidential run.

Biden, family attend Christmas tree lighting on Nantucket

  Biden, family attend Christmas tree lighting on Nantucket NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The Biden family's tradition of eating lunch, shopping and watching a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Nantucket on Friday became mostly about keeping the president's 2-year-old grandson from having a meltdown. There was President Joe Biden's daughter, Ashley, dancing and clapping with nephew Beau to “Jingle Bell Rock” to keep him entertained as they waited with the crowd that had gathered for the 48th annual tree lighting ceremony on Main St. © Provided by The Associated Press President Joe Biden walks with his grandson Beau Biden in Nantucket, Mass., Friday, Nov. 25, 2022.

The memoir’s title: “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival” Details


The Associated Press is reporting that former President Trump’s campaigning is increasing its vetting after Trump had dinner with white nationalist Nick Fuentes. What we know

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News this morning

Hakeem Jeffries made history this morning!:

“House Democrats on Wednesday elected Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) to head the party in the next Congress, marking a generational shift after 20 years under the reign of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) while making Jeffries the first Black figure to lead either party in Congress in the nation’s history.”

Biden, family attend Christmas tree lighting on Nantucket

  Biden, family attend Christmas tree lighting on Nantucket Occurred on January 24, 2021 / USA: "Pitties snuggling in with their baby for nap time in the swing."

Was this a surprise?: Nah, he ran unopposed.

The next generation of House Democratic leaders

???? The railroad fight

If you haven’t been following the potential railroad strike, here’s a quick catchup:

Railroad companies and labor unions are in a dispute primarily about working conditions and paid sick leave. The labor unions are threatening to strike if a deal is not reached.

If this sounds recently familiar to you: There had been a plausible threat of a strike in September, but a tentative deal was reached. So, then what changed?: Several unions voted down that deal.

Where Biden comes in: President Biden called on Congress to pass legislation of an agreement between workers and operators.

If Congress does get involved, would it pass?: “The likelihood is that the legislation will pass the House, despite the misgivings of some on the left … Still, any legislation will need 60 votes to pass the Senate, and that’s where the outcome could be a cliffhanger.”

And if legislation does not pass, a strike is likely.

The Hill’s Niall Stanage has a helpful explainer on the situation — and why Congress can intervene

'He's not stepping up': Union workers feel let down by 'pro-union' Joe Biden amid rail dispute

  'He's not stepping up': Union workers feel let down by 'pro-union' Joe Biden amid rail dispute Ultimately, Biden decided he couldn't risk more damage to a delicate economy even if it disappoints his union allies.But as he urges Congress to intervene in a labor dispute to avert a freight rail strike before the holidays, the president is facing a backlash from labor allies. Union workers hoped to secure paid sick leave in a final contract, among other assurances, but congressional action pushed by Biden would force some terms they oppose.


The New York Times’s Emily Cochrane explains how the saga is playing out in the House and Senate


‘Inside Biden’s decision to halt a rail strike’ from Politico’s Ben White

The gist: “President Joe Biden knew he would be risking a backlash from his labor allies if he stepped in to head off a holiday-season rail strike.” Yes, but: “The dangers a strike would pose to the U.S. economy and Americans’ health and safety proved too great.”


“President Joe Biden was in the unusual position Tuesday of being praised by business interests and attacked by his normal allies in the labor movement after calling for Congress to move immediately to block a strike by more than 100,000 union members at the nation’s freight railroads set for the end of next week.” More from CNN Business’s Chris Isidore and Matt McFarland

In Congress

Open? Close? Open! Close?:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Democratic leaders agree a year-end omnibus spending bill should be passed.

^ Yes, but: Rebellious conservatives disagree. “That puts [McConnell] on a collision course with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), who want to freeze government spending until Republicans take control of the House in January.”

‘Biden blew it’: Railroad workers unions lash out at president

  ‘Biden blew it’: Railroad workers unions lash out at president Rail workers unions blasted President Biden Monday after he pressed Congress to force the organized labor groups to accept a tentative agreement in order to avert a strike. “Joe Biden blew it,” Railroad Workers United Treasurer Hugh Sawyer said in a press release hours after the president told House and Senate leaders one of his top priorities is to stop the looming labor strike. “He had the opportunity to prove his labor-friendly pedigree to millions of workers by simply asking Congress for legislation to end the threat of a national strike on terms more favorable to workers. Sadly, he could not bring himself to advocate for a lousy handful of sick days.

How this could play out, via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Aris Folley


From The Washington Post’s Liz Goodwin

^ The 12 Senate Republicans who voted ‘yes’ on the same-sex marriage bill: The list


“The latest round of Medicaid expansion negotiations comes as states prepare for the eventual end of the Covid-19 public health emergency, and as nearly a third of rural hospitals are at risk of closure.” Full story from Politico’s Megan Messerly


From The Hill’s Rebecca Beitsch and Mike Lillis

???? The COVID-19 numbers

Cases to date: 98.4 million

Death toll: 1,075,779

Current hospitalizations: 25,224

Shots administered: 653 million

Fully vaccinated: 68.8 percent of Americans

CDC data here.

????Notable tweets

Omg, the facial expression of each is incredible:

CBS News’s Kathryn Watson tweeted a Reuters photo from President Biden’s meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) yesterday. Photo — notice their facial expressions

On tap

The House and Senate are in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.

  • 9 a.m.: Biden received his daily briefing.
  • 9:45 a.m.: First House votes of the day.
  • 10:10 a.m.: Harris met with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss space.
  • 11:15 a.m.: More House votes. Today’s agenda in the House
  • 11:30 a.m.: Two Senate cloture votes. Today’s Senate agenda
  • 2:15 p.m.: Two Senate confirmation votes.

All times Eastern.

AOC Among 8 Democrats to Vote Against Avoiding a Railway Strike

  AOC Among 8 Democrats to Vote Against Avoiding a Railway Strike President Joe Biden had warned a rail strike could spur a "crippling" national shutdown.A vast majority of Democrats, 211, voted in favor of the resolution and were joined by 79 Republicans. But eight Democrats did break with their party and joined the 129 Republicans who voted against it. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York was among these Democrats, according to Bloomberg News reporter Erik Wasson.

????What to watch

  • 11:30 a.m.: Biden spoke at the White House Tribal Nations Summit at The Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Livestream
  • 2 p.m.: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre gives a press briefing. Livestream
  • 3 p.m.: Harris delivers remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Summit. Livestream
  • 5:30 p.m.: The Bidens and the Harrises attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting. Livestream

???? In lighter news

Today is National Mousse Day.

Interesting read — ‘When V.I.P. Isn’t Exclusive Enough: Welcome to V.V.I.P.’:

The New York Times’s Sarah Lyall and Christina Goldbaum write: “Every sports venue has its own tiered system of luxury. The World Cup in Qatar is providing a reminder that there is always a higher level.”

Remember how alcohol was banned in the stadiums right before the World Cup began?: Well, that didn’t apply to the VIP and VVIP guests.

The full story, including what was included in the gift bags to these guests


For the first time ever, three female referees are officiating a men’s World Cup match.

Which match?: Germany vs. Costa Rica tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST

And to liven your Wednesday afternoon, here’s a bird playing a riveting game of Peekaboo.

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Rail workers say deal won't resolve quality-of-life concerns .
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When BNSF railroad conductor Justin Schaaf needed to take time off from work this summer, he had to make a choice: go to the dentist to get a cavity in his molar filled or attend a party for his son's 7th birthday. He chose his son. "Ultimately I decided to take the day off for my kid’s birthday party,” Schaaf said. “Then when I am finally able to get into the dentist four, five, six months later, the tooth is too bad to repair at that point, so I have to get the tooth pulled out.

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