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9:55 AM ET, October 14, 2021


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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
As Budget Bill Hangs in Limbo, Kyrsten Sinema Heads to Europe  —  With the Senate out of session, Ms. Sinema, the Democratic senator from Arizona, has been in Europe on a fund-raising trip.  —  Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the moderate Arizona Democrat who has objected to the size and scope …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Progressive Group's Poll Suggests Deep Primary Trouble For Kyrsten Sinema  —  2024 is a long way away.  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is deeply unpopular with Democratic primary voters in her home state and would be vulnerable against a number of intra-party challengers, according to a new poll from a progressive group.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Data For Progress:   Poll: Kyrsten Sinema Poised to Lose Democratic Primary in 2024
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'We're going to make her life unpleasant': Activists aren't finished with Kyrsten Sinema
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Trump calls in to rally hosted by Bannon for Virginia GOP candidates  —  RICHMOND — Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin steered clear Wednesday night as former president Donald Trump phoned into a rally for the state's GOP ticket, headlined by onetime Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Critical race theory is a potent issue in the Virginia governor's race  —  Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin doesn't get the most applause during his rallies when he talks about lowering taxes or assails President Biden.  The loudest cheers come when Youngkin promises …
Washington Post:
Democrats send heavy hitters to boost McAuliffe, amid anxiety over his race
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Men Who Are Killing America's Newspapers  —  The Tribune Tower rises above the streets of downtown Chicago in a majestic snarl of Gothic spires and flying buttresses that were designed to exude power and prestige.  When plans for the building were announced in 1922, Colonel Robert R. McCormick …
January 6 panel prepares to immediately pursue criminal charges as Bannon faces subpoena deadline  —  (CNN)Trump ally Steve Bannon's game of chicken with the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Hill riot is on the cusp of entering a new and critical phase Thursday as he faces …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:   US Marshals may be called to round up former Trump aides who disobey Jan. 6 subpoenas: House investigator
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Top conservative lawyers steer clear of Trump's latest legal fight
Discussion: Raw Story
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Nicholas Kristof Leaves New York Times as He Considers a Political Run  —  Mr. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is weighing a run for governor of Oregon, the state where he grew up.  —  After 37 years at The New York Times as a reporter, high-level editor and opinion columnist …
Nicholas Kristof is leaving New York Times  —  The New York Times on Thursday told employees that star columnist Nicholas Kristof is leaving the paper, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: The news comes just days after Kristof formed a political action committee ahead of a potential run for Oregon governor.
Discussion: Washington Post and CNN
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 …
Stephen Breyer says now isn't the time to lose faith in the Supreme Court  —  (CNN)Justice Stephen Breyer is not giving up on the Supreme Court.  —  In a wide-ranging interview with CNN on Wednesday, the senior liberal justice expressed caution about some of the ideas raised …
Discussion: CBS News and Reason
‘There have to be consequences:’ Judge ups sentences for Capitol rioters  —  A federal judge in Washington has repeatedly sentenced people who stormed the U.S. Capitol to more prison time than prosecutors sought, saying that even people who were not violent should face consequences for joining the unprecedented assault.
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee preparing to aggressively enforce subpoenas, targets former Trump DOJ official
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Calls intensify to end Wisconsin's election review amid blunders by ex-judge in charge  —  The glaring errors became clear soon after a former Wisconsin judge issued subpoenas earlier this month in a Republican review of the state's 2020 presidential election.  Some of the requests referred to the wrong city.
RELATED:   Michael Gableman should resign, or be removed, immediately
How GOP lawyer Cleta Mitchell joined Trump's ‘team deplorables’ advancing his false election fraud claims  —  Trump campaign attorney's key role in plot to overturn election  —  Washington (CNN)The day after the 2020 election, conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell was wrapping up her work …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Czechs Defeat a Populist, Offering a Road Map for Toppling Strongmen  —  A wide range of parties in the Czech Republic banded together despite their differences to oppose Andrej Babis, the country's populist prime minister.  Opposition parties in Hungary are hoping to duplicate the feat.
Discussion: The Indian Express
New York Times:
Why the Tuskegee Study Slowed Vaccinations of Black Americans  —  Black Americans were once far less likely than white Americans to be vaccinated.  But a wave of pro-vaccine campaigns and a surge of virus deaths have narrowed that gap, experts say.  —  TUSKEGEE, Ala. — By the time vaccines …
Rachel Pannett / Washington Post:
Olympic officials won't push China on human rights ahead of Beijing Games, as calls for boycott grow louder  —  SYDNEY — A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said that holding China to account over its human rights record ahead of the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing is not within …
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and ex-USC dean indicted on bribery charges  —  Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of taking bribes from a former USC dean in exchange for supporting millions of dollars in L.A. County contracts …
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
A Black Trans “Hamilton” Cast Member Has Filed A Discrimination Complaint Against The Show  —  When Hamilton first opened on Broadway, the musical became nothing short of a sensation, racking up Tony Awards and being widely championed as a celebration of a diverse and progressive America.
Rich Miller / Bloomberg:
Summers Slams Woke Fed for Risking Losing Control of Inflation  — Former Treasury chief has warned about price risks for months  — Summers says Fed not preparing public for potential action  —  Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers castigated monetary policy makers in the U.S …
Discussion: Eschaton
The Advocate:
Late Gov. Edwin Edwards' wife had his remains exhumed and cremated; his children are angry  —  About 10 weeks after former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards died, his widow had him dug up from a Baton Rouge cemetery so she could have him cremated.  —  For now, Trina Edwards is keeping his remains …
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.
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Claims Fall to Lowest Level Since Start of Covid-19 Pandemic  —  Unemployment applications decreased to 293,000 last week from 329,000 a week earlier, the Labor Department said  —  Jobless claims fell below 300,000 last week for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020 …
Global energy crisis could dim climate hopes  —  An energy crisis around the world is hitting households and manufacturers that were already struggling to recover from the global pandemic.  —  Why it matters: This is a perfect storm of crises.  It features supply shortages, especially from China …
Washington Examiner:
Democrats pour fiscal accelerant on the inflation fire  —  Inflation rose to an annual 5.4%, the Labor Department reported Wednesday, its highest rate in 13 years.  —  Even though President Joe Biden's administration admits that its $1.9 trillion spending bill from earlier this year is partly to blame …
Discussion: ABC7
Stan Choe / Associated Press:
Winter heating bills set to jump as inflation hits home  —  With prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the U.S. government said Wednesday it expects households to see their heating bills jump as much as 54% compared to last winter  —  Supply chain issues threaten holiday goods
Discussion: HotAir and The Gateway Pundit
U.S. supply chain too snarled for Biden Christmas fix, experts say  —  President Joe Biden is pushing to ease supply shortages and tame rising prices in time for Christmas, but unsnarling U.S. supply lines could take far longer, experts told Reuters.  —  Biden brought together powerbrokers from ports …
Discussion: The White House, Power Line and IJR
The Markup:
Amazon Puts Its Own “Brands” First … Above Better-Rated Products  —  The online giant gives a leg up to hundreds of house brand and exclusive products that most people don't know are connected to Amazon  —  It took Robert Gomez about five months to get his Kaffe coffee grinder …
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Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
Hillary Clinton Gets a Job Lying on Purpose
George Will / Washington Post:
This scrupulous biography of Robert E. Lee is exactly what the country needs
Margaret Carlson / The Daily Beast:
Jim Jordan Makes His Move to Be the Most Batshit Anti-Vaxxer of All
Discussion: Raw Story and 90.7 WMFE
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Kerry Owns Stake in Chinese Investment Group That Funds Company Blacklisted for Human Rights Abuses
Discussion: Just The News
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Konstantin Kilimnik, Russiagate's Last Fall Guy, Speaks Out
DC police warned other agencies before January 6 rally that attendees were urged to ‘come armed,’ according to new document
Discussion: Raw Story
Hacked Records Reveal Hundreds Of Oath Keepers Across New Jersey
Discussion: Salt Lake Tribune and Joe.My.God.
Tom Hanson / KCLO-TV:
Case sealed in arrest of South Dakota Senate Majority Leader Gary Cammack
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
A year of country music controversies has left some fans disappointed — and wondering whether they should keep listening
Discussion: Hollywood in Toto
Geoffrey Dickens / Newsbusters:
LOPSIDED: Dems Swamp Republicans (115 to 16) on Evening News Budget Stories
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Breitbart
Michael Lange / The Narrative Wars:
Sandy Nurse Meets the Moment
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Two new polls should really light a fire under Democrats
New York Times:
People who received a J. & J. vaccine may be better off with a Moderna or Pfizer booster, a study finds.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline
Discussion: Politico, HuffPost and
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Minneapolis Police Caught on Video ‘Hunting’ Activists