SEN. YOUNG'S CHINA BILL STALLS: President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda isn’t the only stalled-out priority that’s driving congressional Democrats mad (Politico). A key national security initiative, a bill aimed at boosting U.S. competition with China and easing the supply-chain backlog, has languished on Capitol Hill amid disagreements between the Senate and the House, even as both parties acknowledge the need to push back on Beijing’s economic and geopolitical ambitions. Democrats in the Senate, where the bill passed overwhelmingly this past summer, are pressuring their House counterparts to act quickly on legislation with clear political benefits at a time when the president needs it most. They hope it would blunt criticisms from the right about rising prices stemming from supply-chain bottlenecks as well as help confront an increasingly aggressive Beijing. The White House has arranged several meetings with the House Science Committee to accelerate the process, according to an official familiar with the outreach. “They’re going too slowly, candidly,” Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), who led passage of the Senate bill, said of the House. “We’ve got a full plate as we approach year’s end. There’s a national-security imperative for us to stop messing around, to begin investing and innovating now, and to deal with this top-shelf national security threat.” Young cited China’s recent test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile, a major technological advancement, as evidence that the U.S. was at risk of falling behind on scientific innovation.

 

BRAUN SAYS DOJ SHOULDN'T GET INVOLVED WITH SCHOOL BOARDS: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said last week that he has authorized the Department of Justice to strategize on addressing the growing number of incidents involving school board meetings across the country (WIBC). Garland said in a memorandum there has been “a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation’s public schools.” “I was on a school board for ten years,” said Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana to All Indiana Politics. “Occasionally, you’d have rowdy meetings. Generally around a disciplinary issue or a building project being proposed. This is different now.” Braun said that the more popular topics now are Critical Race Theory and COVID vaccine or mask mandates. “I think a lot of parents are going to really think about who they put on their school boards,” Braun continued. “That’s no excuse, though, for having school board meetings that get out of hand where school board members will feel threatened.”

 

McCORMICK DECRIES POLITICIZED SCHOOL BOARDS: Former superintendent of public instruction Jennifer McCormick said in an Indiana Democrats small town outreach in Dearborn County last week (Howey Politics Indiana): “If you start making school boards partisan, they have the power to set agendas that are more about political favors than our students. Education should be nonpartisan.”

 

INDEMS REACHING OUT TO SMALL TOWNS: The Indiana Democratic Party is planning to venture into communities across the state where few Democratic votes typically are recorded on Election Day (Carden, NWI Times). Over the next several weeks, Democratic Party leaders and former statewide elected officials are set to visit more than a dozen localities on a "Small Town, Indiana" tour touting the advantages of Democratic policies, particularly on education and agriculture. Mike Schmuhl, state Democratic chairman, is confident once small town Hoosiers learn what Democrats are doing on their behalf, they'll stop reflexively voting for Republicans and instead choose Democratic candidates who actually are working for them. The Indiana Democratic Party is working to rebuild its party under new Chairman Mike Schmuhl "Democrats have delivered since day one of Joe Biden's presidency, and we are ready to fan out across the state to share with families how policies like the American Rescue Plan have fully funded Indiana's public schools and expanded broadband internet access," Schmuhl said. "Public schools and farmers are the heartbeat of rural communities and the backbone of Indiana itself, and Democrats are set to hold intimate conversations about how we are delivering solutions to the most-pressing problems facing Hoosier families in Indiana's small towns."

 

MAN FLIES NAZI FLAG TO PROTEST BIDEN: Kokomo resident Mike Williams said he was in disbelief when he saw a Nazi flag flying from a flagpole alongside the Nickel Plate Trail near Macy. He said he had biked that section of trail earlier in the year, and the same landowner had a Confederate flag on his property. The flagpole is located at the very back edge of the property and sits just off the pathway (Gerber, Kokomo Tribune). “When I saw they had a Nazi flag now, I was just dumbfounded,” Williams said. But Jerry Piotter, a farmer who placed the flag on his property at 9380 N. 100 West, said the flag isn’t meant to threaten anyone. He said he hung it there as a political statement opposing President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, who he believes are socialists. Piotter said he believes socialists share the same philosophy as the Nazis. Piotter said he isn’t a Nazi sympathizer, but he is a Republican who believes the Democratic Party represents the same ideology of the Nazis. “They’re telling us what to do and when to do it and how you’re going to do it,” he said. “Everything Trump did to get this country straightened out, those silly bastards have gone against it.” “They might as well get used to seeing it now,” Piotter said. “It will be flying over the White House before it’s all over. Within a year, that will be the new American flag.”

 

JAN. 6 PANEL ORGANIZERS SAID TO COMMUNICATE WITH MEMBERS: As the House investigation into the Jan. 6 attack heats up, some of the planners of the pro-Trump rallies that took place in Washington, D.C., have begun communicating with congressional investigators and sharing new information about what happened when the former president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol (RollingStone). Two of these people have spoken to Rolling Stone extensively in recent weeks and detailed explosive allegations that multiple members of Congress were intimately involved in planning both Trump’s efforts to overturn his election loss and the Jan. 6 events that turned violent. Rolling Stone separately confirmed a third person involved in the main Jan. 6 rally in D.C. has communicated with the committee. This is the first report that the committee is hearing major new allegations from potential cooperating witnesses. While there have been prior indications that members of Congress were involved, this is also the first account detailing their purported role and its scope. The two sources also claim they interacted with members of Trump’s team, including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who they describe as having had an opportunity to prevent the violence. The two sources, both of whom have been granted anonymity due to the ongoing investigation, describe participating in “dozens” of planning briefings ahead of that day when Trump supporters broke into the Capitol as his election loss to President Joe Biden was being certified.  “I remember Marjorie Taylor Greene specifically,” the organizer says. “I remember talking to probably close to a dozen other members at one point or another or their staffs.”

 

GOV. HUTCHINSON SAYS MANDATES INCREASE VAX HESITANCY: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said on Sunday mandates are increasing hesitancy surrounding COVID-19 vaccines. "The resistance is hard in some areas and part of it is because of the controversy, because of the mandates. It deepens the resistance and so that's something that we have to overcome," Hutchinson said on CNN's "State of the Union." Host Jake Tapper noted that Hutchinson is supportive of employers in his state who want to impose their own mandates and recognizes that such mandates are effective in increasing vaccine rates. Tapper noted, however, that the governor still won't impose such a mandate on state employees who work for him. "Well, it probably would increase vaccination rates, but it also would increase the resistance of some," the governor said of the possibility of such a mandate.

 

MANCHIN SAID ON BE ON BOARD BILLIONAIRE TAX: Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden’s scaled-back social services and climate change package (AP). Biden huddled with the conservative West Virginia Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at the president’s Delaware home on Sunday as they work on resolving the disputes between centrists and progressives that have stalled the Democrats’ wide-ranging bill. A person who insisted on anonymity to discuss Manchin’s position told The Associated Press the senator is agreeable to the White House’s new approach on the tax proposals. What had been a sweeping $3.5 trillion plan is now being eyed as $1.75 trillion package. That’s within a range that could still climb considerably higher, according to a second person who insisted on anonymity to discuss the private talks.

 

RUSSIA LAUNCHES MORE CYBER ATTACKS: Russia’s premier intelligence agency has launched another campaign to pierce thousands of U.S. government, corporate and think-tank computer networks, Microsoft officials and cybersecurity experts warned on Sunday, only months after President Biden imposed sanctions on Moscow in response to a series of sophisticated spy operations it had conducted around the world (New York Times). The new effort is “very large, and it is ongoing,” Tom Burt, one of Microsoft’s top security officers, said in an interview. Government officials confirmed that the operation, apparently aimed at acquiring data stored in the cloud, seemed to come out of the S.V.R., the Russian intelligence agency that was the first to enter the Democratic National Committee’s networks during the 2016 election. While Microsoft insisted that the percentage of successful breaches was small, it did not provide enough information to accurately measure the severity of the theft. Earlier this year, the White House blamed the S.V.R. for the so-called SolarWinds hacking, a highly sophisticated effort to alter software used by government agencies and the nation’s largest companies, giving the Russians broad access to 18,000 users.

 

FARM BUREAU OFFERS REWARD FOR BARN ARSON SPREE: A reward is being offered as investigators try to find whoever has set at least a dozen barn fires at northern Indiana farms this year (Indiana Public Media). The Farm Bureau groups in Elkhart, Kosciusko, St. Joseph and Marshall counties created a $10,000 reward fund seeking information for police that can lead to criminal convictions in the fires. The organizations said all but one of the suspected arsons have occurred since April. Police have reported eight of the fires as occurring in Elkhart County, with the two most recent happening Oct. 4. The barn fires have destroyed the buildings, along with equipment, hay and livestock. “We hope a reward will help catch the arsonist sooner,” said Lynn Loucks, president of the Elkhart County Farm Bureau. “The county Farm Bureaus want to protect the farming community and prevent any more barns from being targeted.”

 

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Hoosier school boards have been on the front lines of social change before: Think desegregation, accepting federally-financed lunches. But Indiana has a long tradition of not overtly politicizing school board membership. This will become a major battle in the 2022 General Assembly session - Brian A. Howey

 

Campaigns

 

SEN. JD FORD KICKS OFF REELECTION: On Sunday, State Sen. J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) officially kicked off his 2022 re-election campaign.  In front of a strong gathering of supporters at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville, Sen. J.D. Ford touted four years of incredible achievements including countless legislative victories and a leadership position in the state’s highest legislative body (Howey Politics Indiana). “When you first sent me to the statehouse, I never could have expected the level of challenges we’d be facing,” Sen. J.D. Ford said. “In my first term we’ve seen a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, an eviction crisis, a gerrymander of epic proportions in the latest redistricting, an unprecedented assault on democracy and now the beginnings of a blatantly unconstitutional restriction on reproductive rights. My friends, we’re at a crossroads in our state’s history where we have to decide if we’re going to keep leaning in with decisive rhetoric and radical politics or if we can work together as neighbors and friends and get things done. When you first elected me, I believed we could accomplish anything together, and I still believe that today."

 

TOP REPUBLICANS RALLY TO HERSHEL WALKER: Top Republicans were once cool to former NFL player Herschel Walker’s Georgia Senate bid. No longer (Politico). Party leaders are now rallying around Walker, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump who is running in a race that could determine which party controls the Senate after 2022. Scrutiny of Walker’s erratic past at first led Senate Republicans to voice concern about whether the former running back can win, but he has made significant inroads since then.

 

Polls

 

BIDEN PRESIDENCY AT TIPPING POINT: President Joe Biden’s average approval rating is at a new low (43.4%), and his average disapproval rating is at a new high (50.7%), according to FiveThirtyEight. The 7.3-point gap is the widest it’s been all year. CNN’s Harry Enten notes that one big problem for Biden is the gulf between the economic issues Biden is talking about and what voters want him to address. A recent CBS poll found two top issues of neglect: Sixty percent of Americans want Biden to pay more attention to inflation, and 57% want him to pay more attention to the U.S.-Mexico border. The next nine days are the most important of Biden’s young presidency: He needs to rescue his legislative agenda in Congress, rescue his party’s political candidates in two states and rescue America’s leadership on climate policy in Scotland.

 

Congress

 

MANCHIN SAID TO BE ON BOARD WITH DEAL: Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden’s scaled-back social services and climate change package (AP). Biden huddled with the conservative West Virginia Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at the president’s Delaware home Sunday as they work on resolving the disputes between centrists and progressives that have stalled the Democrats’ wide-ranging bill. A person who requested anonymity to discuss Manchin’s position told The Associated Press the senator is agreeable to the White House’s new approach on the tax proposals. What had been a sweeping $3.5 trillion plan is now being eyed as $1.75 trillion package. That’s within a range that could still climb considerably higher, according to a second person who requested anonymity to discuss the private talks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that even at “half” the original $3.5 trillion proposed, Biden’s signature domestic initiative would be larger than any other legislative package with big investments in health care, child care and strategies to tackle climate change. “It is less than what was projected to begin with, but it’s still bigger than anything we have ever done in terms of addressing the needs of America’s working families,” Pelosi said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

 

THE SENATE will meet at 3 p.m. to take up JIA COBB’s judicial nomination. The chamber will vote at 5:30 p.m. on the nominations of Douglas Parker to be assistant Labor secretary for occupational safety and health and Myrna Perez to be U.S. circuit judge for the 2nd Circuit.

 

THE HOUSE will meet at noon, with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

 

State

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL: ROKITA GETS APOLOGY FROM SCHOOL BOARD GROUP - Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita  commended a national school board group for backing down from inflammatory language it used to prod the Biden administration into threatening parents’ First Amendment rights (Howey Politics Indiana). Pledging to continue the fight against the Biden administration’s intimidation tactics, Attorney General Rokita — who organized a 17-state coalition of similarly concerned colleagues — said an apology from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) shows that taking a strong stand for liberty produces real results. He thanked the 16 other state attorneys general for their involvement in the cause. “We are shining a light on injustices perpetrated against parents of schoolchildren, and it’s making a real difference,” Attorney General Rokita said. “We will continue to defend the rights of parents to stay closely involved with their children’s education and speak their minds to public school officials.” On Oct. 18, Attorney General Rokita composed and sent a letter — also signed by the 16 other state attorneys general — to President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. The letter demanded that the Biden administration cease making threats against parents such as those contained in an Oct. 4 memo from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which called for the FBI and other law enforcement to keep a close eye on parents nationwide to address supposed “threats against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.”

 

NFL: WENTZ LEADS COLTS OVER 49ERS 30-18 AMIDST BOMB CYCLONE -  Colts coach Frank Reich wasn't about to make the same mistake twice. After being burned by a conservative third-down run call late in a loss to Baltimore two weeks ago, Reich put the ball in Carson Wentz's hands this time — and it paid off (AP). Wentz threw a 28-yard TD pass to Michael Pittman Jr. to finish off the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night in a rain-soaked 30-18 victory. Instead of playing for a field goal the way he did late against the Ravens that contributed to an overtime loss, Reich stayed aggressive even in the treacherous conditions. "I felt like something about learning the lesson from the Ravens game," he said. "We had a third-and-8 and I called a run. I told the guys, ‘I'm not doing that again. I'm throwing a pass.' I don't care what anybody says. It really comes from trusting your quarterback and trusting your receivers." Wentz and Pittman earned that trust, delivering numerous big plays during a driving rain storm that could have made throwing deep difficult.

 

Nation

 

WHITE HOUSE: JFK NEPHEWS PRESS BIDEN ON ASSASSINATION RECORDS - Two nephews of John F. Kennedy are calling on the Biden administration to release the final trove of secret documents on the 1963 assassination of the former president (Politico). The records were scheduled to be made public Tuesday, but the White House announced late Friday night that it would delay their publication until at least Dec. 15 — and perhaps longer if President Joe Biden determines it’s in the nation’s best interest to keep them confidential. “It’s an outrage. It’s an outrage against American democracy. We’re not supposed to have secret governments within the government,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told POLITICO. “How the hell is it 58 years later, and what in the world could justify not releasing these documents?”

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN SCHEDULE - President Biden's schedule — 8:30 a.m.: The president will receive the President’s Daily Brief. — 9:40 a.m.: Biden will depart New Castle, Del., for New Jersey, arriving in Plainfield at 10:45 a.m. — 11:20 a.m.: Biden will promote his Build Back Better agenda at East End Elementary School in North Plainfield, before heading to Newark. — 1:45 p.m.: Biden will speak about the BBB agenda and the bipartisan infrastructure bill at NJ Transit Meadowlands Maintenance Complex in Kearny. — 2:55 p.m.: Biden will leave New Jersey for Washington, arriving at the White House at 4:05 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.: Biden will meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Orthodox Church and welcome his delegation to the White House. Tuesday: The president will take part virtually in the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and campaign with McAuliffe in Arlington. — Wednesday: Biden will take part virtually in the East Asia Summit. — Thursday: The Bidens will travel to Rome. — Friday: The Bidens will meet with the pope at the Vatican. — Saturday: Biden will take part in the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Rome.

 

MEDIA: LEMIRE JOINS POLITICO & MSNBC - Jonathan Lemire will join POLITICO as White House bureau chief starting in November. Additionally, he will be the new host of MSNBC’s “Way Too Early.” Jonathan joins us from the AP, where he covered the Trump and Biden administrations.

 

NFL: BENGALS UPSET BALTIMORE - Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow had a career day. Rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase made history ... again (AP). And as a result, the Bengals have a share of the AFC North lead, following a 41-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The win snapped a five-game losing streak to their division rivals and ended the Ravens' run of five straight victories this season. "We've just got tough, resilient guys that don't back down under pressure," Burrow said. "(Baltimore) puts the most pressure on you of any team that I've played in the league. We really responded today." Burrow was 23-of-38 passing for a career-high 416 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

 

NFL: BRADY PASSES FOR 600TH TD AS BUCS MAUL BEARS 38-3 - Tom Brady says he's not one for collecting a lot of mementos documenting his many accomplishments during an unsurpassed 22-year career. Becoming the first player to throw 600 career touchdown passes is pretty special, though (AP). So after Mike Evans bolted to the stands and handed the ball to a fan after scoring the historic touchdown, the star receiver returned to the sideline to learn he needed to negotiate a speedy return. "It's really cool. I got it in the bag over there. Mike gave it away and said: ‘Man, I'm sorry.' I said, that's all right, I'm sure they'll figure out a way to get it back," Brady said after the defending Super Bowl champion routed the Chicago Bears 38-3.

 

Sunday Talk

 

PELOSI LAUGHS OFF QUESTION ON REELECTION: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday laughed off a question about whether she would run for reelection in 2022, saying she would consult with her family before making her decision public. Pelosi appeared surprised when CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper asked about whether she would run again for her congressional seat, which she has held since 1987. “I do want to ask about your own future in Congress. Are you going to run for reelection?” Tapper asked. “Oh, you think I’m going to make an announcement right here and now?” she responded.

 

THOMPSON SAYS JAN. 6 WAS PREMEDITATED: Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairman of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, said Sunday there was “no question” that it was a premeditated attack. CBS’s “Face the Nation” played a portion of former Trump strategist Stephen Bannon’s podcasts, where he could be heard saying, “All hell is gonna break loose tomorrow. It's going to be moving. It's going to be quick. And all I can say is strap in. The war room, a posse, you have made this happen and tomorrow it's game day.” “How premeditated was this attack?” host Margaret Brennan asked Thompson after the clip. “Well, there's no question. Clearly the direction of the committee is to look at that premeditation to make sure that we identified, but the worst kept secret in America is that Donald Trump invited individuals to come to Washington on Jan. 6,” the House Democrat said. “Steve Bannon was part of the conversation and the promotion of Jan. 6, the very podcast we just listened to talks about it. Steve Bannon was in the war room, and he was in the Willard Hotel, doing a lot of things, so that's why we subpoenaed him, that's why we felt it was important for the committee and staff to depose him. But as you saw, he refused to participate,” Thompson added.

 

BLUNT HOPES TRUMP SHIFTS FOCUS TO FUTURE: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Sunday said the best thing former President Trump could do to help the Republican Party take back a majority in Congress in the 2022 midterms is to "talk about the future." While Blunt was appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," guest host Andrea Mitchell noted that Trump recently called Election Day 2020 an "insurrection" and referred to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack as a "protest." She asked Blunt if he would also call this past Election Day an "insurrection." "You know, I think the election was what it was. There's a process you go through that determines whether or not the early reports were the right reports. And we went through that process. And I'm of the view that the best thing that President Trump could do to help us win majorities in 2022 is talk about the future," said Blunt.

 

KING EYES FILIBUSTER ALTERNATIVE: Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) on Sunday said he is open to keeping some form of the legislative filibuster, proposing a "talking filibuster" or "alternative" as members of the Democratic caucus call for the procedure to be abolished in the upper chamber. "I'm not really ready to say, 'Let's get rid of it altogether' because I think there are circumstances where it makes sense. So I'd prefer some alternative to what the present rule is. I'd like to restore the Senate to what it was, where we actually had debates and people had to hold the floor," King said while appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press."

 

SEN. PAUL SAYS FAUCI SHOULD BE FIRED: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired over a “lack of judgment,” contending that President Biden’s chief medical adviser lied about research the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded in Wuhan, China. “He should be fired,” Paul told Mike Allen during an interview with “Axios on HBO” that aired Sunday. “The thing is, is just for lack of judgment of nothing else, and I, you know, he's probably never going to admit that he lied, he's going to continue to dissemble and try to work around the truth and massage the truth,” he added.

 

GOTTLIEB NOT CONCERNED ABOUT NEW VARIANT: Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Sunday that the latest delta variant is not contagious enough to change the COVID-19 pandemic’s “trajectory” in the United States. “I don't think this is enough to really change the trajectory of the direction we're heading in. We're much closer to the end of this delta wave than we are to the beginning. The South looks very good right now. In the Midwest, where there's been a very dense epidemic, we see cases starting to decline,” Gottlieb said when asked on CBS’s “Face the Nation” if he is concerned about the new variant.

 

SEN. KING LAMENTS LOSS OF CLIMATE PROVISIONS: Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said on Sunday that losing climate provisions in the Democrats' multi-trillion dollar spending bill has weakened President Biden ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Guest host Andrew Mitchell asked King on NBC's "Meet the Press" how he felt about Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who pushed against the climate provisions in the reconciliation bill. "Listen, Joe is the chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. I'm on that committee. We've done a lot under his leadership on climate this year, on things like energy efficiency, on energy storage, which by the way, I think is the real key to a clean energy future," King said. "And he's facilitated that. He's worked through it. He didn't like the provisions that were in the president's proposal. But I don't think that necessarily means that he's, you know, death on climate legislation," King continued.

 

FORMER ENVOY SAYS U.S. FAILED IN AFGHANISTAN: The former special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation said on Sunday that the U.S. “did not succeed” in building a democratic Afghanistan after two decades spent fighting in the country. “I think with regard to terrorism, we largely have achieved that objective. On the issue of building a democratic Afghanistan - I think that - that did not succeed. The struggle goes on,” Zalmay Khalilzad told CBS’ Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation.” “The Talibs are a reality of Afghanistan. We did not defeat them. In fact, they were making progress on the battlefield even as we were negotiating with them. And the reason we negotiated with them was because militarily things were not going as well as we would have liked. We were losing ground each year,” the former U.S. envoy to Afghanistan lamented.

 

REP. KHANNA FRUSTRATED BY SINEMA: Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) expressed frustration about centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Sunday for her part in helping stall key Democratic bills from advancing in the Senate and said he was frustrated that she refuses to talk about what her positions are. "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace noted that Sinema's opposition to a raise in tax rates on corporations and those making $400,000 annually has sparked conversations about a wealth tax on billionaires and asked Khanna if he was willing to vote for such a measure. Khanna noted that a wealth tax would impact his district, home to Silicon Valley billionaires that he said saw increased wealth by 40 percent during the pandemic. Khanna said even though the people in his district could afford to pay a wealth tax, he doesn't believe such a measure "makes sense." "But I guess my question for Sen. Sinema is, she voted against the Trump tax cuts, and I just don't understand why she's not willing then to raise some of the rates back to what they were before the bill she voted against was and she hasn't explained it to anyone," he added.

 

Local

 

INDIANAPOLIS: IMS PLANS NEW BUILDING - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add an infield building that is aimed at increasing use of the track area throughout the year (Indiana Public Media). The new structure near the oval’s Turn 3 will be leased by BMW as part of a multiyear agreement to bring a seasonal driving center to the speedway’s road course, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported. BMW’s M Driving Experience Center will include a showroom, classroom areas, a conference room and direct access to the IMS road course for prospective buyers. “It will have a classroom in it, so they can do pre-track instruction, and it will also have a small service bay area so they can prep the cars they use and service them properly,” speedway President Doug Boles said.