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3:35 PM ET, October 13, 2021

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Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee preparing to aggressively enforce subpoenas, may target former Trump DOJ official this week  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is planning to ramp up its efforts to force Trump administration officials to comply with its subpoenas …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump cronies who defy subpoenas may be prosecuted.  Here's why that matters.  —  The right wing in this country, particularly under Donald Trump, has pulled off a spectacular trick.  It has persuaded many neutral observers that its chronic anti-democratic bad acting is a natural …
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Judge calls for Justice Dept. civil rights probe into D.C. jail's treatment of Jan. 6 detainees
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, Fox News and UPI
Josh Boak / Associated Press:
White House: LA port going 24/7 to ease shipping backlog  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Wednesday it has helped broker an agreement for the Port of Los Angeles to become a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week operation, part of an effort to relieve supply chain bottlenecks …
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Kristin Tate / The Hill:   Coming soon: Biden's full-blown recession
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix Staff Raised Concerns About Chappelle Special Before Its Release  —  The company is dealing with an internal outcry unprecedented in its history.  —  Netflix Inc. employees raised concerns about offensive material in Dave Chappelle's new comedy special “The Closer” days before its release …
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Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
Dave Chappelle's Rorschach Test
Discussion: Going Medieval, Jacobin and WBUR
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Katie Couric covered up RBG's contempt for taking the knee: Anchor says she edited 2016 interview to ‘protect’ the elderly justice after she said people who kneel for the anthem were ‘dumb and disrespectful’  — Katie Couric has admitted to editing out Ruth Bader Ginsburg's controversial comments …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
America Is Not Ready for Trump's Second Term  —  The United States was unprepared for the scope of President Donald Trump's attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election.  By Election Day, Trump had spent months calling the election “rigged,” and historians and democracy experts warned …
Discussion: Salon, CNN and Washington Post
Aaron Sibarium / Washington Free Beacon:
A Yale Law Student Sent a Lighthearted Email Inviting Classmates to His ‘Trap House.’ The School Is Now Calling Him To Account.  —  Administrators at Yale Law School spent weeks pressuring a student to apologize for a “triggering” email in which he referred to his apartment as a “trap house …
Discussion: HotAir and The Daily Wire
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Manchin-Sinema split vexes the White House  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  So what's the state of negotiations between the White House and JOE MANCHIN and KYRSTEN SINEMA?  —  The talks have been shrouded in mystery, but we have some fresh details we can share this morning.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Pelosi floats a debt ceiling plan B
Discussion: Breitbart and Off the Kuff
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia ballot inspection case dismissed after no fraud found  —  A judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday by Donald Trump supporters who sought to inspect absentee ballots from last year's presidential election, a decision that came a day after Georgia investigators told the court they were unable …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Walker cancels fundraiser with supporter who had swastika in her Twitter profile  —  Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker canceled a fundraiser with a conservative film producer who until Wednesday used a rendering of a swastika as her Twitter profile picture.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robin Bravender / Insider:
Toxic texts: Matt Gaetz's friends assume the FBI is reading their messages to the embattled congressman  — Matt Gaetz is facing a sex trafficking investigation.  — The Florida Republican's friends assume that feds are reading the congressman's texts.
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Mattathias Schwartz / Insider:
Hunter Biden isn't Trump, but what's he's up to is bad and deserves your attention — even if you hate Fox News … In February 2015, George Kent approached the White House with a concern.  Hunter Biden, the vice president's son, had taken a lucrative seat on the board of Burisma Holdings …
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Southwest and American Airlines Tell Texas Governor Who's Boss  —  Federal requirements for vaccine mandates supersede state orders against mandates.  Besides, the airlines care about health and safety.  —  Texas Governor Greg Abbott wouldn't want you to mistake his push to forbid private companies …
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wusa9.com:
Capitol rioter admits to two new felonies while representing himself in bond hearing  —  Brandon Fellows sought to have his bond status revoked, only to make the legal case against him stronger.  —  WASHINGTON — Before his bond hearing began Tuesday, a federal judge warned Brandon Fellows …
NBC News:
‘Seized by some invisible hand’: What it feels like to have Havana Syndrome  —  In March of 2017, Tina Onufer, a career foreign service officer stationed in Havana, was standing at her kitchen window, washing dishes, when it hit her.  —  “I felt like I was being struck with something,” she said.
Karl W. Smith / Bloomberg:
America Needs Higher, Longer-Lasting Inflation  —  The benefits of moderately rising prices and wages outweigh the costs.  —  The administration of President Joe Biden has repeatedly assured Americans that the sharp uptick in inflation they are experiencing is temporary — in the language of economists, transitory.
Discussion: Twitchy
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Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:
Is Fed's Inflation View Built on Sand? A Staffer Suggests So, Stirring Debate About Economics
Discussion: Breitbart
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Social Security benefits to rise 5.9 percent for roughly 70 million people in 2022  —  Inflation pushes the cost-of-living increase to the highest one-year bump in almost four decades.  —  The Social Security Administration announced Wednesday that its beneficiaries will see a 5.9 percent increase …
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Jonah Goldberg's Narcissism of Small Differences  —  In a world of trouble, why snipe at allies?  —  Back in 2016, when formerly distinguished conservatives were suddenly lining up to issue glassy-eyed endorsements of a half-mad reality-TV figure, Jonah Goldberg wrote a brilliant column comparing …
Discussion: Townhall, Twitchy and National Review
Reuters:
Amazon copied products and rigged search results to promote its own brands, documents show  —  A trove of internal Amazon documents reveals how the e-commerce giant ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoff goods and manipulating search results to boost its own product lines in India - practices it has denied engaging in.
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
How the GOP Will Try To Subvert Our Elections  —  We are one, maybe two, elections away from a constitutional crisis.  More than a year ago — before Election Day — Donald Trump made clear that he would not accept the results of free and fair elections if he did not win.
Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
Robot Dogs Now Have Assault Rifles Mounted On Their Backs  —  Ghost Robotics and SWORD International have teamed up to create a rifle-toting “robot dog.”  Called the Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, the system adds a 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle from SWORD to one of Ghost Robotics' quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles, or Q-UGVs.
Discussion: Input, Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
Merrill Matthews / The Hill:
Democrats explained: Mandaters gonna mandate  —  One of the distinguishing characteristics of today's Democratic Party is its growing affection for mandates, which is understandable.  If Democratic-led governments want people to do things many of them, for whatever reason, may not want to do …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Peter Thiel lines up against Liz Cheney  —  Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney's primary challenger landed former President Donald Trump's endorsement before she even officially launched her campaign.  Now, she's cashing big checks from Trump's biggest donors — including tech billionaire Peter Thiel.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jarrett Renshaw / Reuters:
White House asks U.S. oil-and-gas companies to help lower fuel costs -sources  —  (Reuters) -The White House has been speaking with U.S. oil and gas producers in recent days about helping to bring down rising fuel costs, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Discussion: National Review
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Amateur hour: Pete Buttigieg's inexperience exposed as supply chain breaks down  —  Three years ago, the only people who'd ever heard of Pete Buttigieg were likely to be residents of South Bend, Ind., the town of 103,000 people where he served as mayor.  —  South Bend is home to Notre Dame University.
Discussion: CNSNews and Townhall
Mitch Ryals / Washington City Paper:
Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White Is Running for Mayor  —  Trayon White will join his colleague Robert White in the race for mayor.  —  D.C. awoke this morning to the news that At-Large Councilmember Robert White is running for mayor.  The Washington Post was first with the story, followed by DCist/WAMU.
Wajahat Ali / Yahoo News:
The Dems Are Wasting a Winning Platform With a Losing Message  —  United States Senator from West Virginia  —  If you aren't telling your story, your story is going to be told for you.  I mention this in nearly every speech to highlight the importance of being proactive in crafting and sharing …
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
How Baylor Steered Lower-Income Parents to Debt They Couldn't Afford  —  The Texas university and some other wealthy colleges guided families into no-limit Parent Plus loans, leaving them with onerous payments; ‘I will never get it all paid off’  —  WACO, Texas—Some of the wealthiest U.S. colleges …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Auditor Demands Brett Favre Return $828,000 in ‘Illegally Spent Welfare Funds’  —  NFL star Brett Favre must return $828,000 he received from welfare funds that should have gone to needy families, Mississippi State Auditor Shad White said in a statement today.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Tim Scott rakes in $8.3M for reelection, possible 2024 bid  —  South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott took in nearly $8.3 million during the third fundraising quarter, a major sum that highlights the massive finance network Scott is building ahead of a prospective 2024 presidential bid.
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
The Unlikely Issue Shaping the Virginia Governor's Race: Schools  —  Virginia Republicans in a tight governor's race have been staging “Parents Matter” rallies and tapping into conservative anger over mandates and critical race theory.  —  WINCHESTER, Va. — As a lifelong Republican …
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE Facebook to change rules on attacking public figures on its platforms  —  Facebook Inc(FB.O) will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview this week.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Scoop: Jeff Flake seeds new voting nonprofit  —  Former Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who's now President Biden's nominee to be ambassador to Turkey, is funding a nonprofit focused on election processes in his home state of Arizona, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: Arizona is ground-zero for election conspiracy theories.
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Top Biden Aides Met on Fast-Rising Fuel, Natural Gas Prices
Discussion: The Hill and New Republic
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
Jon Gruden Just Put It in Writing
Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker:
COVID-19 continues to be a leading cause of death in the U.S. in September 2021
Discussion: Forbes and KFF
Los Angeles Times:
An errant U.S. drone strike killed 10 members of their family. They're still awaiting compensation
Vera Bergengruen / TIME:
How an Online Pharmacy Sold Millions Worth Of Dubious COVID-19 Drugs — While Patients Paid the Price
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Emily Atkin / HEATED:
The climate colonizer mentality
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Democrats favor a bigger bill on social safety net and climate
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Olivier Knox / Washington Post:
Record numbers of Americans are quitting their jobs. There's no one reason.
Discussion: USA Today, CNBC and Discourse Blog
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Democrats Can't Just Give the People What They Want
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Seattle school cancels Halloween over ‘equity,’ says Black kids don't celebrate
Discussion: RedState and Fox News
Paul Begala / CNN:
Democrats are playing a dangerous game: ‘Deal or End American Democracy’
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill