POLITICO Playbook: Grisham dishes on Melania
By RACHAEL BADE, RYAN LIZZA, TARA PALMERI and EUGENE DANIELS
THE WEEK AHEAD: JOE BIDEN campaigns with GAVIN NEWSOM in Long Beach, Calif., tonight before voters there decide Tuesday whether Newsom should be recalled (polls show him up by double digits) … Secretary of State ANTONY BLINKEN testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee today and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday (expect some fireworks) … Congressional committees were instructed to finish their pieces of the reconciliation bill by Wednesday, an ambitious deadline Dem Chairs are struggling to meet … The Labor Department releases the August numbers on state employment and unemployment on Friday, offering fresh ammunition in the UI benefits debate … We expect Senate Parliamentarian ELIZABETH MACDONOUGH to make a ruling sometime this week on whether immigration reform survives its Byrd bath (Marianne Levine and Sabrina Rodríguez have a new story up for POLITICO Pro about this here).
Laphonza Butler is taking over EMILY's List as president — the first woman of color and mother to hold the position.
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