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President Biden is unlikely to invoke executive privilege to shield any Trump White House records from the House investigation of the Capitol insurrection, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.
Why it matters: Though Psaki said they would evaluate on a case-by-case basis, it puts a dent in former President Trump's plan to block requests for Jan. 6 information by claiming executive privilege, a legal theory that can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny, per the Washington Post.
In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.
Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.
The White House said in new guidance Friday that it expects millions of federal contractors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus no later than Dec. 8.
Why it matters: Companies with federal contractors have been waiting for formal guidance from the White House before requiring those employees to get vaccinated, according to Reuters.
President Biden on Friday urged congressional Democrats to overcome differences surrounding his multi-trillion-dollar economic proposal but said he's still confident it will pass.
Why it matters: It's currently unclear how the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package will move forward with moderate and progressive Democrats in disagreement over critical portions of the legislation.
President Biden on Friday condemned Border Patrol officers for using horses to deter Haitian immigrants from an encampment under the international bridge earlier this week, but took responsibility for the actions and said an investigation is underway.
Why it matters: Photos of patrol officers charging their horses at immigrants prompted criticism of the Biden administration's handling of the crisis at the border.
President Biden bit off too much, too fast in trying to ram through what would be the largest social expansion in American history, top Democrats privately say.
Why it matters: At the time Biden proposed it, he had his mind set on a transformational accomplishment that would put him in the pantheon of FDR and JFK.
Sudden doubts about President Biden's competence — on Afghanistan, immigration and COVID — are driving double-digit drops in his approval in private polling in swing House seats, The Cook Political Report's Amy Walter writes.
Why it matters: "[T]hese early mistakes go directly to the very rationale of his presidency; that it would be low drama and high competence."
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former director of the Office of Management and Budget Russ Vought sued President Biden on Thursday over their ouster from the Board of Visitors to the U.S. Naval Academy.
Why it matters: The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., by the conservative group America First Legal, claims Biden "has no statutory authority to terminate Mr. Spicer’s and Mr. Vought’s appointments to the Board."
Citing moves on Afghanistan and the border, two N.Y. Times items compare President Biden to the predecessor he defeated:
A news story — "Biden Pushes Deterrent Border Policy After Promising 'Humane' Approach" — notes this week's images of the border roundup "could have come straight from former President Donald J. Trump’s immigration playbook."
In a week of headwinds for President Biden's biggest plans, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield armed House Democrats with new data for making his "Scranton vs. Park Ave." case back home.
Between the lines: Bedingfield spoke to the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), where co-chair Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan said: "[G]overning is message."