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August 17, 2022

Manchin declines to endorse Biden’s reelection- POLITICO

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DRIVING THE DAY

A few sticklers have written in to say that JOE MANCHIN’s five-Sunday-show marathon this morning is not actually a full Ginsburg because he did it via remote, which is no big deal compared to the challenge of getting from studio-to-studio in D.C. to do all five hits.

“The OG full Ginsburg was in-person interviews, not one remote after another,” one Sunday show pedant texted us.

SEAN SPICER wrote in to note that while at the RNC he was once attacked on Twitter after calling it a full Ginsburg when a GOP guest did five shows via remote. “It’s only a full if in studio — modified if done remote,” Spicer insisted.

It’s true that the in-town full Ginsburg presents some knotty logistical issues considering the scattered layout of the network and cable TV studios. “Toughest leg of the Ginsburg is getting across town from @FaceTheNation to the multiple shows at North Capitol,” Ryan McKenna pointed out on Twitter.

More seriously, the Manchin-a-rama had the effect of preventing the White House from getting its people out today to push a very different political message. While Manchin wanted to shape perceptions of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 — It’s a centrist deficit-fighting pro-West Virginia coal country bill! — the White House wanted to blast Republicans for filibustering the burn pit bill in the Senate on Wednesday night.

On Saturday, the White House offered VA Secretary DENIS MCDONOUGH to Sunday shows but some had to decline because they were already booked up. (McDonough did end up on CNN’s “State of the Union.”)

So what did Manchin actually say? First of all, the man seemed a little tired — he’s recovering from Covid — and proved that one of the tricky parts of doing five shows is getting everyone’s name right. He called CNN’s Jake Tapper “Chuck.”

To the real Chuck — Chuck Todd — on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he made some news when asked if he wants Democrats to retain Congress:

“I’m not making those choices or decisions on that. I’m going to work with whatever I have. I’ve always said that. I think the Democrats have great candidates that are running. They’re good people I’ve worked with. And I have a tremendous amount of respect and friendship with my Republican colleagues. So I can work on either side very easily.” Watch the 1:28 clip","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://twitter.com/MeetThePress/status/1553721172587696128","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf00008","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf00009","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Watch the 1:28 clip

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Manchin told Jake (not Chuck) that “hopefully” Sen. KYRSTEN SINEMA will support the bill, which affirms the fact that Manchin, Majority Leader CHUCK SCHUMER, and the White House made no effort to get the enigmatic Arizona senator on board before the secret deal was announced:

“I think that, basically, when she looks at the bill and sees the whole spectrum of what we’re doing and all of the energy we’re bringing in, all of the reduction of prices and fighting inflation by bringing prices down, by having more energy, hopefully, she will be positive about it. But she will make her decision. And I respect that.”

Manchin was also surprisingly magnanimous about all the attacks on him from the left. “I take none of that personally at all,” he told Tapper. “I understand the frustrations they had.”

On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Manchin addressed the attacks from the other side, Republicans saying he somehow double-crossed them by making this deal:

“I never told anybody that I wasn’t going to do something. If I had a chance to fix the energy policy of the United States of America, and I didn’t do it, shame on me. If I had the chance to reduce the amount of inflation of people in West Virginia and across the country are enduring right now, shame on me. … This is solutions Americans want. We were able to provide these solutions, let’s not make them political.”

Finally, on ABC’s “This Week,” Manchin was asked whether he would support JOE BIDEN in 2024. Seems like a pretty simple question for a Democratic senator, but Manchin wouldn’t endorse the president’s reelection and instead changed the subject:

“Everybody’s worried about the election. That’s the problem. It’s a 2022 election, 2024 election. I’m not getting involved in that. … This type of legislation wouldn’t happen unless the president of the United States was involved. And he gave – he gave his blessing and signed off on it. I can assure you that. And I appreciate that more than anybody knows, because this has been tough.”

Read more on Manchin’s morning, via our colleague Burgess Everett","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/31/manchin-sinema-senate-bill-00048826","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf10000","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf10001","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>via our colleague Burgess Everett

Good Sunday morning. Thanks for reading Playbook. Drop us a line: Rachael Bade","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"mailto:rbade@politico.com","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf20000","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf20001","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Rachael Bade, Eugene Daniels","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"mailto:edaniels@politico.com","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf20002","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf20003","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Eugene Daniels, Ryan Lizza","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"mailto:rlizza@politico.com","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf30000","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf30001","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Ryan Lizza.

FIRST IN PLAYBOOK — We are officially 100 days away from the midterm elections. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released its “100 Days Out” memo today, and we got a sneak peek. Here’s how the organization views things: “Retirements, recruitment failures and vicious primaries – coupled with Trump’s endorsements – have left Republicans with a roster of flawed and deeply damaged candidates, while Democrats are running strong, battle-tested incumbents and challengers who are backed by their own unique coalition of voters.” Read the full memo","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000182-5497-dbd0-af97-d79770770000","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf30002","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf30003","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Read the full memo

In the other chamber CBS News released its 2022 Battleground Tracker this morning. The findings: The model has Republicans “with a lead in the race for the House, with 230 seats to 205 seats for Democrats,” Anthony Salvanto, Kabir Khanna, Jennifer De Pinto and Fred Backus report. (Note: the model has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 12 seats.)

ICYMI … BIDEN’S COVID REBOUNDS: Biden tested positive for Covid again on Saturday, a fairly common occurrence for those who take Paxlovid. He is not experiencing any symptoms, but the White House said he will isolate again and has canceled immediate travel plans. More from Katherine Ellen Foley and David Lim","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/30/biden-covid-rebound-paxlovid-00048349","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf30006","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf30007","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>More from Katherine Ellen Foley and David Lim Read the White House physician’s note","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Update-7.30.pdf","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf30008","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bf30009","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Read the White House physician’s note

BIDEN’S WEEK IN REVIEW: WaPo’s Yasmeen Abutaleb takes a look at the past seven days for Biden as put a nice legislative victory in his pocket but was also met with yet another bruising economic report. “Now the question becomes whether Biden’s run of legislative wins — particularly if Democrats manage to pass their health-care, climate and clean energy bill, which contains a hugely popular measure to let Medicare negotiate the prices of some drugs — will be enough for Biden to help overcome the stubbornly high inflation that has helped sink his approval ratings.”

TOP-EDS: A roundup of the week’s must-read opinion pieces.

Pelosi and Taiwan …

Monkeypox …

Congress … 

2024 …

Politics …

BIDEN’S SUNDAY — The president canceled his previously scheduled trip to Delaware after testing positive for Covid again.

VP KAMALA HARRIS’ SUNDAY — The VP has nothing on her public schedule.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

PLAYBOOK READS

9 THINGS FOR YOUR RADAR

1. NEW JAN. 6 COMMITTEE TARGETS: “FBI failures before the Capitol siege avoided the Jan. 6 committee’s scorn. Not for long,”","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/fbi-failures-capitol-siege-avoided-jan-6-committees-scorn-not-long-rcna38615","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfa0000","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfa0001","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>“FBI failures before the Capitol siege avoided the Jan. 6 committee’s scorn. Not for long,” by NBC’s Ryan Reilly: “Although the House Jan. 6 committee has presented evidence of the carnage law enforcement faced at the Capitol that day, little time has been devoted to law enforcement’s failure to predict and prevent the attack — at least not publicly.

“But behind the scenes, sources tell NBC News, those failures have not been forgotten. As the committee prepares for an additional round of public hearings in September, they’re expected to put more focus on the intelligence and law enforcement failures at the FBI and Department of Homeland Security that left police woefully underprepared for the mob that stormed the Capitol.”

2. THE POST-ROE WORLD: Alarm bells are still ringing inside the Republican Party as it tries to strike the right tone and pull the correct levers in the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, WaPo’s Hannah Knowles writes. “Uncompromising positions and loaded rhetoric on key social issues are escalating concerns within GOP circles that the party is moving too far out of sync with popular opinion, projecting new hostility to gay people and potentially alienating women voters in high-stakes races.”

CHRISTINE MATTHEWS, a longtime GOP strategist in Virginia: “I feel we’re on this sort of seesaw where one party sort of gets the upper hand on social-cultural issues, then they overplay that hand. … Republicans have taken things too far.

Case in point: “A New Yorker’s Opposition to Abortion Clouds Her House Re-Election Bid,”","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/31/nyregion/nicole-malliotakis-abortion-guns.html","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfa0004","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfa0005","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>“A New Yorker’s Opposition to Abortion Clouds Her House Re-Election Bid,” by NYT’s Jesse McKinley: “Representative NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS, the city’s lone Republican House member, has tried to maintain some distance from the Supreme Court ruling on abortion.”

Meanwhile: “Concern about abortion explodes among Democrats, fueling a push to vote,”","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/07/31/abortion-issue-explodes-democrats-midterms-poll/10190934002/","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfa0006","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfa0007","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>“Concern about abortion explodes among Democrats, fueling a push to vote,” by USA Today’s Susan Page, Chelsey Cox, Ella Lee and Katherine Swartz: “64% of Democrats say the court’s action makes them more likely to vote in November, potentially a crucial factor in midterm elections that traditionally have low turnout. That’s more than double the 29% of Democrats who expressed that view in a USA TODAY/Suffolk survey taken after a draft of the landmark decision was leaked in June.”

3. WHAT COMES NEXT: Insider’s Grace Panetta and Brent Griffiths have a deeply reported piece illuminating conservatives’ effort to hold “an unprecedented convention to re-write” the U.S. Constitution: “The December 2021 ALEC meeting represents a flashpoint in a movement spearheaded by powerful conservative interests, some of whom are tied to Trumpworld and share many of Trump’s goals, to alter the nation’s bedrock legal text since 1788. It’s an effort that has largely taken place out of public view. But interviews with a dozen people involved in the constitutional convention movement, along with documents and audio recordings reviewed by Insider, reveal a sprawling, well-funded, at least partly by cryptocurrency, and impassioned campaign taking root across multiple states. Notably fueling them: success.”

4. THE PANDEMIC RIPPLE EFFECT: “How the Covid-19 Pandemic Changed Americans’ Health for the Worse,”","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-covid-19-pandemic-changed-americans-health-for-the-worse-11659260165","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfa000a","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfa000b","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>“How the Covid-19 Pandemic Changed Americans’ Health for the Worse,” by WSJ’s Brianna Abbott: “The ripple effects of the Covid-19 pandemic’s influence on nearly every aspect of health in America are becoming clear. … Some setbacks could be reversed relatively quickly, health experts said, while it might take years to recognize the full effects of others.”

5. WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN: Biden and Dems want to go big on chips — that was made clear when they finally passed the long-awaited CHIPS+ legislation. “But even as Biden signs into law more than $52 billion in “incentives” designed to lure chipmakers to the U.S., an unusual alliance of industry lobbyists, hard-core China hawks and science advocates says the president’s dream lacks a key ingredient — a small yet critical core of high-skilled workers,” Brendan Bordelon and Eleanor Mueller report. “It’s a politically troubling irony: To achieve the long-sought goal of returning high-end manufacturing to the United States, the country must, paradoxically, attract more foreign workers.”

Related read: “The U.S. Is Investing Big in Chips. So Is the Rest of the World,”","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-u-s-is-investing-big-in-chips-so-is-the-rest-of-the-world-11659259807","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfc0002","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfc0003","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>“The U.S. Is Investing Big in Chips. So Is the Rest of the World,” by WSJ’s Jiyoung Sohn

6. MUCK READ: “Slice of Profits From North Carolina Casino Goes to Relatives of Politicians,”","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.wsj.com/articles/slice-of-profits-from-north-carolina-casino-goes-to-relatives-of-politicians-11659268801","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfc0004","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfc0005","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>“Slice of Profits From North Carolina Casino Goes to Relatives of Politicians,” by WSJ’s Mark Maremont: “A company profiting from a new North Carolina tribal casino gave shares to politicians’ family members and high-profile political figures as the casino’s backers were seeking federal approval for the project, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. One of the stakes is held by JOHN B. CLYBURN, a brother of Rep. JAMES CLYBURN, the powerful South Carolina Democratic congressman who introduced a bill in Congress last year that smoothed the way for the new Catawba Two Kings Casino.”

7. KNOWING EVAN MCMULLIN: “The Utah Independent Who Just Might Have the Formula to Beat Trumpism,”","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/07/29/evan-mcmullin-trump-poi-00047807","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfc0006","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfc0007","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>“The Utah Independent Who Just Might Have the Formula to Beat Trumpism,” by Samuel Benson for POLITICO Magazine: “Evan McMullin is cobbling together a new alliance that could point the way to a less Trumpy future in red states.”

8. HEADS UP: “U.S. Eyes Sanctions Against Global Network It Believes Is Shipping Iranian Oil,”","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-eyes-sanctions-against-global-network-it-believes-is-shipping-iranian-oil-11659276000","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfc0008","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfc0009","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>“U.S. Eyes Sanctions Against Global Network It Believes Is Shipping Iranian Oil,” by WSJ’s Ian Talley

9. DEPRESSING HEADLINE OF THE DAY: “Trained, Armed and Ready. To Teach Kindergarten,”","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/31/us/teachers-guns-schools.html","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfc000a","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4bfc000b","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>“Trained, Armed and Ready. To Teach Kindergarten,” by NYT’s Sarah Mervosh in Rittman, Ohio: “More school employees are carrying guns to defend against school shootings. In Ohio, a contentious new law requires no more than 24 hours of training.”

PLAYBOOKERS

Marjorie Taylor Greene thinks Joe Biden needs some Ivermectin.

Biden marked the 57th anniversary of Medicare by slamming “MAGA policies” in an exclusive video for Fox News.

Ivana Trump’s grave site, at Trump National Golf Club, may have tax implications for the business.

Angus King found himself as a Jeopardy! clue.

Keri Russell’s new Netflix show, “The Diplomat,” is already stirring buzz among U.S. diplomats.

OUT AND ABOUT — Biden staffers and the reporters who cover them bid adieu to Michael LaRosa, the departing press secretary to Jill Biden, on Friday night at Vue Rooftop, the swanky bar at the Hotel Washington overlooking the White House. SPOTTED:Amber Macdonald, Rob Flaherty and Carla Frank, Remi Yamamoto, Emilie Simons, Andrew Bates and Megan Apper, Anthony Bernal, Annie Tomasini, Elizabeth Alexander, Kate Berner, Opal Vadhan, Jesse Rodriguez, Sheila Nix, DJ Sigworth, Michael Kikukawa, Matt Hill, Kelsey Donohue, Asjia Garner, Mala Adiga, Rory Brosius, Susanna Billings, Cameron Smith, Jaclyn Gelfond, Megha Bhattacharya, Peter Morris, Angela Perez, Camilo Haller, Peter Velz and Marsha Catron, Mike Memoli, Jeff Mason and Tyler Pager.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD — Gina Foote, managing director at FGS Global, and Tucker Foote, executive VP at Mastercard, welcomed George Messenger on Wednesday. He joins big sisters Emmie and CC. Pic","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"https://static.politico.com/1a/70/0da0577447ceb4b89994285bfacb/img-1499.jpg","_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4c00000a","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-551d-d23f-adbf-7f9f4c00000b","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}”>Pic

WEEKEND WEDDING — Rebecca Schindel, an associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore, and Ian Moskowitz, a Partner at Hilltop Public Solutions and a Biden campaign alum, got married on Saturday in a former brick factory in Kingston, N.Y. Highlights included the groom’s father, Robert, performing a rendition of “Pure Imagination” by Gene Wilder from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Mark Cuban … Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) … Bill Bennett … POLITICO’s Bill Duryea … … Nelson Garcia … Gray Television’s Kevin LatekTodd Novascone of Ogilvy GR … Edelman’s Brian McNeillCory Bythrow … U.S. Chamber’s Lexi BransonJohn WeberCarolyn Weems of McUlsky Health Force … Matthew Ballard of BCW Global … Micah SpanglerBen OstrowerLauren (Russell) AllenDan McFaulJames Floyd of Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) office … Terry SchillingDenis DisonMichael Mershon … former Massachusetts Govs. Bill Weld and Deval Patrick Jessica Lautz Audrey Sheppard … former Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) … John Parks Cara Rinkoff Sean Eldridge of Stand Up America … Marjorie Clifton Dan Schnur

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