With assistance from Eli Okun and Garrett Ross
Israeli President Isaac HERZOG for Biden (or Biden, as Biden called him “our Brother Joseph”): “You are truly part of our family.”
The experience wasBiden said to an interviewer “like returning back home.”
In the meantime, back to his real place of residence Biden’s news coverage is not as rosy for Biden.
INFLATION has hit a 41-year record on Tuesday, when the consumer price index rose to 9.1 percent in June. More from WSJ”,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65150003″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>More from WSJ
This is, in turn affects what could be Biden’s final chance at making a deal …
Reconciliation. Sen. JOE Manchin(D-W.Va.) stated that the latest numbers have made him “more prudent than I’ve ever had to be” during reconciliation discussions the senator said to reporters. “Everything must be sanitized and anything that could cause inflation.”
AP’s Alan Fram”,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65150005″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>AP’s Alan Fram: “It was unclear what impact Manchin’s comments would have on his closed-door talks with Schumer, which have shown progress lately. They also suggested that Manchin believed that the inflation report boosted his power during negotiations, and, further it helped him win sufficient Democratic votes to get any deal through the split Congress.”
This brings us to an emerging source of concern in Dems during negotiations …
Taxes. Democrats have long campaigned to raise tax rates for the richest Americans as well as large corporationsand Manchin himself has a plan to use reconciliation to examine the issue within the perspective of deficit reduction. However, now Dems are worried about the risks to their political careers which come with increasing taxes during an election in the same way, according to Burgess Everett and Sarah Ferris write today.
– – The considerations for policy: “There’s relatively broad acceptance of any party-line legislation to raise taxes on certain high-income Americans who operate so-called “pass through’ companies to help pay for Medicare solvency. However, Democrats aren’t sure about the possibility of imposing a surtax on individuals earning greater than 10 million as well as an increase in the minimum tax for large corporations. In addition, Manchin declares he will not accept tax hikes that increase inflation.
“Democrats are hoping at raising $1 trillion to fund their long-awaited legislation. Medicare tax and prescription drug reforms get the goal about halfway. They’re closer to 15 percent corporate minimum tax than the surtaxes that are imposed on individuals with high incomes According to a source who was briefed about the talks however, no agreement has been reached. Each would bring in around $200 billion. In addition, the party has been looking at other methods of raising money such as a new global tax agreement and increased IRS enforcement and enforcement, which are highly sought-after among moderates.”
– – The political implications: “Though tax increases for high-income Americans and large corporations poll very well in polls, Republicans are eager to ignore that fact and portray Democrats as generally raising taxes in the face of inflation and the possibility of a recession. The GOP will hammer any tax hikes that Democrats are proposing in their budget prior to the midterm elections of November.”
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont. ): “I don’t think that raising taxes is a winning strategy anywhere OK?”
Rep. DAN KILDEE (D-Mich.): “If we are explaining the issues we’re discussing — those that are on the high end of the market pay their fair sharethis isn’t a difficult argument.”
Rep. Susan LEE (D-Nev.): “I do not think tax hikes would be very popular.”
Rep. TOM MALINOWSKI (D-N.J.): “I’ve never encountered an Trump supporters within my district that believes Amazon should not pay taxes. The notion of having Amazon pay taxes and reducing costs for prescription drugs is around 97 to about 99 percent approval.”
Even if issues of an election-year tax increase and record-setting inflation could be possibly harmful to Democrats, Biden does see one factor which is to his advantage …
TRUMP 2024 On an Israeli television interview with Biden, Biden was asked if Biden was confident that he would be facing Donald Trump for an upcoming rematch in 2024. “I’m not making any predictions [on whether I’ll meet Trumpin 2024],” Biden told a reporter from Channel 12, per Bloomberg’s Jordan Fabian and Jennifer Jacobs. “But I would not be surprised.”
Inside TRUMP’S 2024 CHOICE -The story is aboutAs Trump attempts to land at the right moment to announce his candidacy in 2024 He is hosting intimate gatherings with some of his most wealthy and prominent supporters, Alex Isenstadt scoops. “The gatherings took place at Houston, Nashville and, on Friday night, Las Vegas, where billionaire casino mogul and long-time Trump acquaintance Philip Ruffin asked the former president to start a new campaign to the White House soon. There is a consensus that Trump should consider a run for the presidency againwith the main issue being the time he announces the next time, with many echoes of Ruffin’s opinion, but some agree that Trump would be better off by not launching for the next midterm election.”
In the background:“The informal, off-the-record dinners tend not to be focused on the race in 2024 and usually focus on other issues. During one of them, South Carolina Sen. LINDSEY GRAHAM engaged in a heated debate with country singer JOHN Rich regarding coronavirus vaccinations, while those in the Las Vegas group talked about the Ultimate Fighting Championship.”
Good Thursday morning. Happy Bastille Day! Thank you for taking the time to read Playbook. Drop us a line: Rachael Bade”,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f6515000d”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Rachael Bade, Eugene Daniels”,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f6515000f”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Eugene Daniels, Ryan Lizza”,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65150011″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Ryan Lizza.
WHAT THE RIGHT IS READING — “Biden’s Hiring Policy: No Business Experience Needed,””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65170001″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”Biden’s Hiring Policy: No Business Experience Needed,” by the WSJ Editorial Board: “Some familiarity with business is especially important given that President Biden and Vice President KAMALA HARRIS have spent their lives in law or politics. However, the authors [of the report, which was released on Wednesday] discovered that Biden economics is heavily influenced by law careers (20) or politics, government (21) and research or policymaking (12). The most significant experience in business includes venture capital, or investment (five).”
2024 WATCHJohn Harris talks about Virginia Governor. GLENN YOUNGKIN: “The Republican who wants to end the Trump Era — without taking on Trump””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65170003″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”The Republican who wants to end the Trump Era — without taking on Trump”
A MEDIA MUST-READ —CNN’s Brian Stelter”,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65170005″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>CNN’s Brian Stelter: “Two newspapers owned by Gannett, one in Indiana and one in Ohio, have humanized the new American reality about abortion now that Roe v. Wade has been reversed. In doing so they’ve exposed the cruelty of some opinion-based pundits.
“On July 1st The Indianapolis Star reported that a 10-year-old girl from Ohio was expecting, and because ‘the Buckeye state had prohibited abortions after six weeks the girl was referred to Indiana to undergo an abortion. The source was Dr. CAITLIN BERNARD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Indianapolis, who said she had conferred with a child abuse doctor in Ohio. …
“In the past few days after the president Biden mentioned his news story and criticized Ohio’s abortion ban, numerous conservative media outlets as well as Republican office holders expressed doubt about the matter, and certain personalities swore they were not convinced that the 10-year-old actually existed. Rep. JIM JORDAN tweeted: “Another lies. Are you surprised?
“You know what’s coming next. On Wednesday, the Columbus Dispatch reported that a man has been charged in the case.'” Much more at the link”,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65170007″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Much more at the link
— The Columbus Dispatch: “Arrest made in rape of Ohio girl that led to Indiana abortion drawing international attention””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65170009″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”Arrest made in rape of Ohio girl that led to Indiana abortion drawing international attention”…Indy Star: “Ohio man charged in rape of 10-year-old that led to Indiana abortion””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f6517000b”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”Ohio man charged in rape of 10-year-old that led to Indiana abortion” … The original Indy Star report from July 1″,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f6517000d”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>The original Indy Star report from July 1
-What is it? Fox is covering the story:Discussion of suspect GERSON FUENTES his immigration status was the subject of much debate during the evening on Fox News on Wednesday evening. Representative headline:“Ohio 10-year-old’s alleged rapist is Guatemalan illegal immigrant: ICE source””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f6517000f”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”Ohio 10-year-old’s alleged rapist is Guatemalan illegal immigrant: ICE source”
What’s driving inflation? Not prescription drugs. The government’s own economic data confirms this.
Marianne LeVine reports this morning. Do not rely on to the January. 6 committee with any significant breakthroughs: “Republican senators emphasized in interviews that the panel’s efforts had no impact on their discussions.”
What’s the timeline? “Even even if the group is able to agree on a language within the next few days — they held an important meeting on Wednesday evening the timetable for the finalization of the bill isn’t certain” when the Senate works towards Dems the reconciliation plan.
PLAYBOOK METRO SECTION — @jamiedupree”,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f651e0003″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>@jamiedupree: “The House has voted to give the Mayor of Washington, D.C. the power to call up National Guard troops in the city. Presently only the President has the authority to approve the use of these troops. This was a problem the week of Jan. 6 when the deployment of the troops was delayed by hours.”
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE — “House votes to make it easier to report UFOs,””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f651e0005″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”House votes to make it easier to report UFOs,” by Bryan Bender and Lawrence Ukenye
THE OUTLIER — “How one House Republican voted to impeach Trump and (maybe) kept his seat,””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f651e0007″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”How one House Republican voted to impeach Trump and (maybe) kept his seat,” by Olivia Beavers in Hanford, Calif.: “If Rep. DAVID VALADAO survives in November after crossing the former president — and that’s a big if — he’ll have perfected a rare recipe.”
2022 WATCH — “Teachers union wants Democrats to fight back against Republicans’ critical race theory attacks,””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f651e0009″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”Teachers union wants Democrats to fight back against Republicans’ critical race theory attacks,” by NBC’s Jonathan Allen
SURVEY SAYS Further results from the initial NYT/Siena College survey of the midterms was released on Wednesday. There’s a common unifying theme: optimism. “A large majority American voters from the spectrum of kinds of ideologies and demographics believe that their government’s system is not working and the majority of 58 percent … affirming that the oldest constitutional democracy that is independent requires significant reforms or an entire change,” NYT’s Reid Epstein writes.
A fascinating bit of information:“The poll found that Fox News viewers were more confident than other demographics about the nation’s capacity to stay onto the right path over the next 10 years: Seventy-two percent of them were optimistic about this kind of scenario.”
— Related read: “Young Voters Are Fed Up With Their (Much) Older Leaders,””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f651e000d”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”Young Voters Are Fed Up With Their (Much) Older Leaders,” by NYT’s Maya King and Jonathan Weisman
GEORGIA ON MY MIND — Here’s an interesting dynamic to watch in the Peach State, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Greg Bluestein: There could be a decent chunk of voters who back Democratic Sen. RAPHAEL WARNOCKand Republican Gov. Brian KEMP. “That fact is confirmed by polls taken by the public that suggest that the governor is outperforming Walker by around 4 percentage points and that Warnock is gaining more votes than Abrams by about the same amount.”
What is the cause of inflation? Not prescription drugs. The data from the administration’s economics supports this.
JAN. 6 AND 6 Aftermath
Who Trump tried to contact -The witness Trump tried to call –CNN’s Ryan Nobles, Dana Bash, Annie Grayer and Zachary Cohen scooped some of the specifics about the witness Rep. LIZ CHENEY (R-Wyo.) claimed Trump has recently tried to reach an unidentified White House support staffer who “was not someone who frequently spoke” with the president. “The contact was made following an ex- Trump White House aide CASSIDY Hutchinson gave evidence in public to the committee. A White House staffer was in a position to verify some of the testimony Hutchinson was able to confirm under oath according to people who were in the know.”
THE PANEL-DOJ CONNECTION–The panel’s Jan. six select committee “engaged” in the Justice Department in its investigation of false Trump presidential electors the panel’s chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) informed the media on Wednesday. “He said that DOJ is especially keen on the transcriptions from interviews that the committee conducted with some of the fraudulent electors themselves.” Kyle Cheney and Nicholas Wu say in the report.
— Are there more hearings are coming up? When asked whether the hearing on July 21 that the committee is scheduled for will be the committee’s final open presentation to the public, Thompson stated: “I’m hoping that it will be however, something could be raised, much as in the Hutchinson incident that required our opinion that it was an urgent session.” (h/t Scott Wong of NBC. Scott Wong)
Who’s watching Who’s watching?WaPo’s Travis Andrews, Roxanne Roberts and Jada Yuan share a great story to tell as three of them sat down with January. 6-th hearing “superfans” for the newest episode, which airs on Tuesday. They were in the following locales:(1) “In Georgetown, with poodles” 85-year-old ELLEN CHARLES (2) “At Howard, with student activists” 21-year-old CHANNINGHILL: “‘It’s like watching “Dateline “!'”; (3) “In New York, with promotional buzz,” 33-year-old documentarian ALEX HOLDER and his editor MARCOS AZEVEDO who have just launched the “Unprecedented” docu-series, which is available on Discovery+.
DOWN IN GEORGIA — “South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham urged a federal judge to kill a Fulton County subpoena seeking his testimony before the special grand jury examining potential criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Tamar Hallerman reports.
THE White House
JUST POSTED — “White House debates declaring abortion access a ‘health emergency,'””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f6520000b”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”White House debates declaring abortion access a ‘health emergency,'” by WaPo’s Yasmeen Abutaleb and Ashley Parker
POTUS ABROAD — ” The one word Biden won’t say in Israel,””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f6520000d”,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>” The one word Biden won’t say in Israel,” by Alexander Ward, Nahal Toosi and Jonathan Lemire: “Try as he might, the president can’t escape the impact that Donald Trump had in the region.”
— However, Biden did have something thoughts about Iran according to the AP: “‘The only thing that is worse than the Iran that is currently in existence is an Iran that has nuclear weapons,’ Biden said. When asked about the use of forces to stop Iran, Biden said, “If it was the only option, then it would be a good idea.'”
Beyond the Beltway
MONKEYPOX LATEST — “Nearly 800,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine may be in U.S. by end of July,””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65200011″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”Nearly 800,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine may be in U.S. by end of July,” by WaPo’s Lena Sun and Laurie McGinley
America as well as the The World
COUP D’E — WHAT Did he say? – “John Bolton claimed he was planning foreign coups. The global outcry was swift,””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65200013″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”John Bolton said he planned foreign coups. The outcry across the world was quick,” by WaPo’s Adam Taylor and Ana Vanessa Herrero
JUST POSTED — “WNBA’s Griner heads back to Russian court after guilty plea,””,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65200015″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>”WNBA’s Griner heads back to Russian court after guilty plea,” AP
was inaugurated at Statuary Hall at the Capitol.
Ronny Jacksonwent to the public after revealing an intimate email Barack Obama sent the former senator in 2020 in which he criticized him for posing questions about Joe Biden’s mental health.
Out and About – OUT AND ABOUT –The French Embassy held an hour of cocktail on Wednesday, to mark the occasion in advance of Bastille Day at the residence of French Ambassador Philippe Etienne. Vice Secretary of State Wendy Sherman delivered the keynote address, which outlined the history of the collaboration among both the U.S. and France, and emphasized how both are “united against Vladimir Putin’s conflict of aggression” in Ukraine. The guests were served delicious macarons and charcuterie, as well as live music was performed in the park just around the corner from an exact model that was the Statue of Liberty symbolically wrapped in the Ukrainian flag. Pic”,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65230005″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Pic … Another pic”,”link”:,”_id”:”00000181-fc63-defd-afff-fd6f65230007″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>Another pic … SPOTTED: Rep. French Hill (R-Ark. ), Bruce Stokes,D.C. Secretary of State Kimberly Bassett,Maryland Secretary of State John Wobensmith, Will Smith, Amanda Sloat, Julie Fisher, Alice Russo, Megan Beyer, Lyndon Boozer, Marieand Ed Royce, Bart Gordon, Jane Harman, Stuart Hollidayand Christina Sevilla.
— spottedon Wednesday, afternoon of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies which hosted Michael Gordon on his latest publication “Degrade and Destroy The Untold Story Behind the War Against the Islamic State starting with Barack Obama to Donald Trump”: Tom Bowman, Dan Lamothe, Tom Watkins, Wesley Morganand Thom Shanker. The panel was comprised of Gordon, Michele Flournoy and former Lt. General. Sean MacFarland and Brad Bowman.
-The Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria hosted a reception for the Congress in Capitol View on Wednesday night in which Pelosi, Graham and Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Kay Granger (R-Texas) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) were recognized, while the former president George W. Bush and Bill Gates gave virtual remarks. SPOTTED: Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), John Nkengasong, French Ambassador Philippe Etienne, Peter Sands, Loyce Pace, Jeff Sturchio, Martha Roby, Eric Goosby, Mark Dybul, Nicole Sexton, Maurine Murenga Chris Collins, Mark Lagon, Shannon Kellman, Jirair Ratevosian, Nidhi Bouri and Liz Schrayer.
FIRST PLAYBOOK Sens.Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will take on Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in an Oxford-style debate on Aug. 1. The debate is the second of an ongoing series that is held by the Bipartisan Policy Center as well as which is a joint venture between the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate; the first debate took place last month, between Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Alex Pfeifferhas established the comms consultancy company Pfeiffer Public Affairs, which concentrates on the conservative media. The most recent time he was there was more than four years on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” where he worked as an the editor and investigative producer, and was also an former White House correspondent at the Daily Caller.
HTML0 Tim Starks has joined WaPo to write its Cybersecurity 202 newsletter. He was most recently an editor at the senior level covering cybersecurity at CyberScoop and is an POLITICO alumni.
TRANSITIONS Katherine (Kitty) Close is currently Director of Government Relations for the Basic Education Coalition. She was previously the foreign policy advisor to Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.). … Matthew Brownleeis currently director of national affairs at NGVAmerica. He was previously the an assistant to the senior legislative staff of Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.). … Gordon Johndroeis taking over American Airlines as managing director of communications. He was most recently the vice president of global public relations and media relations at Boeing and is also an Bush White House, NSC, State Department and DHS alumni. …
…Retired Cmdr. Scott Suozzi is currently the director of outreach for military for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He was previously an advisor for the Gary Sinise Foundation and an associate dean at Johns Hopkins. … Sherman Greer is currently the director of U.S. state and local government relations for ServiceNow. He was previously associate vice president for advancement, government relations as well as community relations in Southwest Tennessee Community College. … Vanessa Valdez is now an associate at D&P Creative Strategies. She was previously a reporter for the Senate in Sen. Jon Ossoff’s (D-Ga.) office.
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Data proves the fact.
While medicines aren’t causing the rise in prices, there are patients who are struggling to pay for their medical treatments. However, their problems stem from an inefficient insurance system that frequently obliges patients to pay higher prices for prescriptions than insurance companies do.
The current system isn’t fair to patients, and the government’s price setting will not aid. There’s a better method to go about it.to assist in reducing the cost of medications for patients while maintaining the right to choose, accessibility and technological advancement.