POLITICO Playbook: Facebook news floods the news feeds

STAT OF THE DAY — There’s an 88-point partisan hole in President JOE BIDEN’s approval ranking. Among Dems, 92% approve of his efficiency and 6% disapprove. Among Republicans, 4% approve and 94% disapprove.

That 88-point gulf “ranks among the largest in more than eight decades of Gallup measurements of presidential approval,” writes Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones.

FRIDAY NIGHT NEWS DUMP — A few fascinating issues got here throughout the transom final night time, simply as most Washingtonians started their weekends:

— A brand new delay for JFK assassination paperwork: Shortly earlier than 9:30 p.m., the White House despatched out a memo asserting that the long-planned imminent launch of a trove of secret information about the 1963 assassination of President JOHN F. KENNEDY will as a substitute come out in two batches — one later this 12 months, and one other in 2022. They cited the pandemic’s “significant impact” as the cause why. (This appears destined to feed conspiracy theories.)

— A complete bunch of news about Facebook: It’s odd for a number of news retailers to launch main tales on a Friday night absent an pressing cause. But that’s what occurred with a glut of tales drawn from beforehand unreported inside paperwork at the social media behemoth. The highlights:

  • Dissecting the firm’s position in spreading election misinformation, NYT’s Ryan Mac and Sheera Frenkel go deep on a trove of paperwork that reveal the community’s staffers “repeatedly raised red flags about the spread of misinformation and conspiracies before and after the contested November vote,” however that “the company failed or struggled to address the issues.”
  • Political actions that Facebook deems harmful are more and more being suppressed on the platform, WSJ’s Jeff Horwitz and Justin Scheck report. But that method doesn’t sit properly with some staff, who see the social media big “in essence playing whack-a-mole.”
  • The firm has lengthy recognized that its algorithms push some customers to extremist views, stories NBC’s Brandy Zadrozny. In a very vivid illustration, a Facebook researcher created an account for a pretend one that described herself as a conservative, Christian mom from North Carolina all for Fox News and DONALD TRUMP. Without expressing any curiosity in conspiracy theories, inside two days of her account’s creation, Facebook’s algorithm really useful she be part of teams devoted to QAnon. Within one week, her “feed was full of groups and pages that had violated Facebook’s own rules, including those against hate speech and disinformation.”

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BUILDING ‘BUILD BACK BETTER’ — Dems’ self-imposed, unofficial Friday deadline to choose a deal for the reconciliation bundle got here and went with none closing consensus. But, they seem near an settlement.

The high learn on that: “Dems see a $1 trillion-plus deal within reach — but not until next week,” by Sarah Ferris, Burgess Everett and Heather Caygle

  • Where issues stand: “Democrats head into the final week of October with far more clarity from [Sens. JOE MANCHIN and KYRSTEN SINEMA] than they began, giving the party increasing confidence it can land a framework for the bill this month. Talks will spill into the weekend, with both chambers gone until Monday. … Those negotiations, between the White House, Manchin and Sinema, are largely the final hurdles to a deal, according to Democratic sources.”

About these hurdles … Here are a few of the important reads about the key components nonetheless being mentioned in reconciliation talks:

— ON DRUG PRICES: “Dems eye slimmed-down drug price deal to advance social spending bill,” by Alice Miranda Ollstein and Heather Caygle

  • Where issues stand: “Congressional Democrats are watering down — and may entirely drop — a plan to have the government directly negotiate some Medicare drug prices in order to help clinch a deal on their sweeping social spending package.” That can be “a major blow to progressives on an issue that polls well among voters across the political spectrum.”
  • Key quote: “It’s been eviscerated,” mentioned Rep. LLOYD DOGGETT (D-Texas), who has advocated aggressive controls on drug costs. “At some point you have to ask: Is it worth it to pass it at all if it’s going to be some meaningless thing?”

— ON CLIMATE: “Biden Crafts a Climate Plan B: Tax Credits, Regulation and State Action,” by NYT’s Coral Davenport

  • Where issues stand: After dropping the centerpiece of its local weather plan, the White House now has a three-pronged method: (1) main tax incentives for wind, photo voltaic and different clear vitality; (2) new stringent rules to limit emissions from energy vegetation and automobiles; (3) leaning on states to enact “a slew of clean energy laws.” Together, that might be sufficient to hit Biden’s emissions targets, says JOHN LARSEN, who analyzed the Biden plan for the nonpartisan Rhodium Group, however “everything has to break in the right way.”
  • Further studying: “The Centerpiece of Biden’s Climate Agenda Is All But Dead. So Now What?” by Mother Jones’ Kara Voght

— ON TAXES: “Democrats move to finalize new ‘billionaire’ tax proposal, targeting 700 wealthiest Americans as key source of revenue for spending plan,” by WaPo’s Jeff Stein and Mike DeBonis

  • Where issues stand: Earlier this week, it appeared like new taxes on the wealthiest Americans have been successfully out of the dialog. But now, an “unexpected compromise appears to be emerging” that might “narrowly tailor tax increases to avoid political blowback,” by specializing in the wealthiest 0.0002% of Americans.

— ON PAID LEAVE: “Paid leave proposal goes through the grinder in spending talks,” by Eleanor Mueller for POLITICO Pro

  • Where issues stand: The White House is telling lawmakers it needs to spend $100 billion on paid depart — down from each the $494 billion the House authorised and the $225 billion the White House had in its authentic American Families Plan.

— ON THE CARE ECONOMY: “Reconciliation negotiations test new clout of caregiving advocates,” by Caitlin Oprysko

  • Where issues stand: “Behind closed doors, Democrats have agreed to slash the paid leave program in Biden’s social spending proposal. And the fate of child care and home health care funding; an extension of the child tax credit; and universal Pre-K programs remain in limbo as the party’s negotiators struggle to close a spending gap and win the backing of key lawmakers.”

— ON HOUSING: “Pelosi tries to salvage housing aid,” by Katy O’Donnell and Megan Cassella

  • Where issues stand: “Democratic lawmakers and White House officials on Friday were considering devoting between $150 billion and $175 billion of the bill to housing, according to three sources familiar with the discussions. While it would be a major cut from the $327 billion that was initially proposed, it’s up from the $100 billion level that was on the table earlier this week.”

BIDEN’S SATURDAY — The president has nothing on his public schedule.

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


— At least 1.7 million migrants tried to enter the U.S. illegally in the final 12 months — the highest annual variety of unlawful crossings recorded since at the very least 1960, per NYT’s Eileen Sullivan and Miriam Jordan.

— Trump has given rise to a brand new meme inventory. Digital World Acquisition Corp., the firm partnering with the former president on a brand new social media platform, is seeing a GameStop-like progress in the worth of its shares. On Thursday, its shares rose from lower than $10 to $45.50. On Friday, it closed at $94.20 after briefly buying and selling as excessive as $175, report WSJ’s Amrith Ramkumar and Caitlin Ostroff.

— On Friday, LEV PARNAS, a enterprise affiliate of RUDY GIULIANI, was discovered responsible of funneling overseas cash into U.S. political campaigns and illegally making donations in the names of others, Josh Gerstein writes.

— In California, marijuana legalization has include strict rules — and that has “led most industry operators to close shop, flee the state or sell in the state’s illegal market that approaches $8 billion annually, twice the volume of legal sales,” stories Alexander Nieves.

— House Minority Leader KEVIN MCCARTHY “has been selling himself as a singular leader of the party, able to stand up to the unpredictable former president without breaking their bond,” write WaPo’s Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey in a brand new profile on McCarthy’s tightrope act on all issues Trump.

— Justice SONIA SOTOMAYOR issued an impassioned dissent slamming the court docket’s choice to depart Texas’ abortion ban in place because it plans to listen to challenges in November. “I cannot capture the totality of this harm in these pages,” she wrote. “[T]he State (empowered by this Court’s inaction) has so thoroughly chilled the exercise of the right recognized in Roe as to nearly suspend it … The State’s gambit has worked. The impact is catastrophic.”

— Next week, JEFFREY CLARK is anticipated to develop into the first Trump official to completely adjust to a subpoena for an interview by the Jan. 6 choose committee, sources inform CNN’s Katelyn Polantz, Ryan Nobles, Paula Reid and Zachary Cohen. The former Trump DOJ official who pushed election lies is anticipated to testify Friday.

— ERIC ADAMS, NYC’s seemingly subsequent mayor, is a little bit of a shapeshifter and strolling contradiction. “He can be, and prefers to be, many things at once, presenting himself as living proof that they are not mutually exclusive,” write NYT’s Matt Flegenheimer, Michael Rothfeld and Jeffery Mays in a brand new profile. “I’m so many formers,” Adams says, “I’m trying to figure out the current.”

— It’s a literal Champagne downside. If you hope to have bubbly over the holidays or for some other deliberate celebrations (taking a look at you, JOSH GOTTHEIMER), it’s possible you’ll need to fill up now: Supplies are operating low and costs are surging, writes WaPo’s Dave McIntyre.

CLICKER — “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 16 funnies

GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Ryan Lizza:

— “How Do Bad Cops Stay in Power? Just Look at Miami,” by Marc Caputo for POLITICO Magazine: “‘This is my neighborhood and I run this shit the way I want to,’ police Capt. Javier Ortiz allegedly told a man who wanted to file an Internal Affairs complaint against him.”

— “Katie Couric Is Not for Everyone,” by The Cut’s Rebecca Traister: “The legendary anchor has written a wild, unflinching memoir. Does that make her a bad person?”

— “Unfreezing the ice age: the truth about humanity’s deep past,” by The Guardian’s David Graeber and David Wengrow: “Archaeological discoveries are shattering scholars’ long-held beliefs about how the earliest humans organised their societies – and hint at possibilities for our own.”

— “Fear On Cape Cod As Sharks Hunt Again,” by C.J. Chivers for NYT Magazine: “The apex predator is back along New England’s beaches. What will it take to keep people safe?”

— “‘I Don’t Know That I Would Even Call It Meth Anymore,’” by The Atlantic’s Sam Quinones: “Different chemically than it was a decade ago, the drug is creating a wave of severe mental illness and worsening America’s homelessness problem.”

— “Inside the Messy Race to Develop a COVID Vaccine,” by Esquire’s Brendan Borrell: “Clashing egos, logistical nightmares, political chaos. This is the exclusive story of how scientists and Washington power players overcame staggering odds to develop a historic shot.”

— “The Enumerator: Dispatches from a broken census count,” by Jeremy Miller for Harper’s: “The census’s democratic ideal of counting everyone has always been tempered by the deeply ingrained antidemocratic belief that some of us should count for less.”

OUT AND ABOUT — The National Italian American Foundation held a dinner Friday night time at Cafe Milano kicking off its forty sixth anniversary gala. SPOTTED: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Stanley Greenberg, Gen. Jack Keane, Giancarlo Giorgetti, Italian Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, Susan Molinari, Gerald Kunde II, Pat Harrison, Anita McBride and John Calvelli.

— The Meridian International Center held its 53rd annual Meridian Ball on Friday night time, the place the silent disco celebration on the dance ground was a giant hit. The ball adopted a digital summit and dinners hosted by particular person ambassadors earlier in the day. SPOTTED: Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) and Robin Hickenlooper, Symone Sanders, Steve and Amy Ricchetti, Reps. Young Kim (R-Calif.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), Stuart and Gwen Holliday, Teresa Carlson and André Pienaar, Jim Acosta

… Abby Phillip, Lee Satterfield and Patrick Steel, Mike Donilon, Julie Mason, Asel Roberts, Daniel Lippman, Sophia Narrett, Steve Clemons, Jim Sciutto, Howard Fineman, Kaitlan Collins, Brian Hook, John McCarthy, Tammy Haddad, Bill McDermott, Nichole Francis Reynolds and the ambassadors from the U.Ok., the EU, Argentina, Finland, Egypt, Georgia, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Estonia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Pic

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.) … Martin Luther King III … former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) … Joanna Miller … POLITICO’s Lauren Morello and Jackie HeinzBrian Ross … The Hill’s Ellen MitchellRachel Shabad of the Labor Department … Ani Chkhikvadze … USAID’s Sally Rey Parkinson … Condé Nast’s Corey WilsonAnne Filipic of the Obama Foundation … Caroline Kitchens of the R Street Institute … Karen Hobert Flynn of Common Cause … Hayden Haynes of Rep. Mike Johnson’s (R-La.) workplace … Malia Rulon HermanSandy Maisel of Colby College … Simon Rosenberg of New Democrat Network … ACLU’s Vikrum AiyerSanjay GuptaEliza Duckworth of Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (D-Mich.) workplace … Leif Noren of CRC Public Relations … Benjamin HaddadAllison Preiss of the Center for American Progress … Vanity Fair’s Caleb Ecarma Kellyn Blossom … Finsbury Glover Hering’s Peter Benton-SullivanSheena TahilramaniMatthew BarzunKen FeinbergPat Cleary … Insider’s Ryan BarberAnnika Lichtenbaum … UNHCR’s Matthew ReynoldsBobby Burchfield Kinsey Casey Moe Vela

THE SHOWS (Full Sunday present listings right here):

  • CNN

    “State of the Union”: Speaker Nancy Pelosi … Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen … Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

  • NBC

    “Meet the Press”: CDC Director Rochelle Walensky … Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) … Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Panel: Brendan Buck, Eugene Daniels, María Teresa Kumar and Ayesha Rascoe.

  • FOX

    “Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) … Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) … CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Panel: Bret Baier, Julie Pace and Juan Williams. Power Player: Edward Luthy.

  • CBS

    “Face the Nation”: Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) … Gita Gopinath … Zalmay Khalilzad … Scott Gottlieb.


    “The Sunday Show”: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) … Melanie Campbell … Andrew Young … Iowa state Rep. Ross Wilburn … Steve Schmidt.

  • ABC

    “This Week”: Anthony Fauci. Panel: Chris Christie, Donna Brazile, Jane Coaston and Sarah Isgur. China panel: Steve Ganyard and Bonnie Glaser.

  • Gray TV

    “Full Court Press”: Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) … Heather Long.

  • CNN

    “Inside Politics”: Panel: Molly Ball, Seung Min Kim, Amy Walter and Zolan Kanno-Youngs.

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