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Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe condemned Washington's failure to pass President Biden's infrastructure bill, telling CNN's "State of the Union" that his state has "got frustration with Washington."

What he's saying: "Why haven't we passed this infrastructure bill? It passed the U.S. Senate with 69 votes two months ago. I have been very straight on television," McAuliffe said. "We're tired of the chitty-chat in Washington. Get into a room and get it figured out." 

"I'm traveling all over Virginia — They're worried about minimum wage, they want child care, they want elderly care, they want to see paid sick leave, family medical leave, which I will tell you my opponent is against of one of those things. I am for that. They want to get the job done. They're paid to get up in Washington, get this done, and the frustration is why isn't it done by now? 69 votes in the Senate two months ago. Get it done. Do your job."
— McAuliffe on "State of the Union"

Between the lines: The comment comes as McAuliffe has sought to distance himself from Biden after vigorously supporting the president when he campaigned for the governorship earlier in the year.

Why it matters: The off-year election in Virginia is often viewed as a national bellwether. The question confronting Biden is how many candidates like McAuliffe are worried about fallout from his policies — and fear it portends disaster for them in the 2022 midterms, writes Axios' Glen Johnson.

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Not enough votes for corporate tax hike, Biden says

President Biden speaks at the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Photo: Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Democrats don't have the votes to raise corporate taxes, President Biden admitted at Thursday's CNN town hall in Baltimore, Maryland, where he went into detail on the state of negotiations concerning the massive reconciliation bill.

Why it matters: Democrats are still negotiating what will go into the bill. Divisions within the party have stalled the legislation for weeks.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from Saturday night, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is forecast to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.

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