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11:05 AM ET, October 13, 2021


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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 …
Discussion: Associated Press, CBS News and Reuters
Rachel Siegel / Washington Post:
Prices were up 5.4 percent in September over last year, as delta variant holds back economic recovery  —  Economic data from September underscored how susceptible supply chains and the overall economy remain to the pandemic  —  Prices were up 5.4 percent in September compared with a year ago …
Discussion: HotAir
Will Feuer / New York Post:
Inflation comes in hotter than expected as prices spike 5.4 percent
Discussion: National Review
Los Angeles Times:
Biden will announce expanded operations at Port of Los Angeles as supply chain crunch continues
Discussion: Bloomberg and CBS Los Angeles
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
As supply chain troubles mount, Biden to tout longer hours for L.A. port
Discussion: CNBC and UPI
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.
Discussion: HotAir, CNN, Reason and New Republic
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
The Unlikely Issue Shaping the Virginia Governor's Race: Schools
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
The AP Interview: McAuliffe wants Democrats to ‘get it done’
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
More women are tuning out politics — a danger sign for Democrats in Virginia and beyond
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
New York Times:
The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at the land borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening the door of the United States …
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Biden lifting land border travel restrictions for fully vaccinated
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Are We 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 of the damage that these false claims could make.
Discussion: Salon and Vanity Fair
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
The Undignified Demise of Centrism  —  Centrist Democrats may force changes to the Build Back Better Act, but their rationale as a political orientation has disintegrated.  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) arrives for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup in Dirksen Building …
Discussion: Politico and HuffPost
Will Marshall / The Hill:
Democrats need a win — now
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Focuses on Procedure in Kentucky Abortion Case  —  After the state's political landscape shifted in 2019, the Democratic governor and the Republican attorney general disagreed on defending the law.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments in an abortion case on Tuesday …
Jacob Ogles / Florida Politics:
Val Demings pulls in $8.4M in ‘historic’ third quarter fundraising haul … Jacob Ogles  —  Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg.
Discussion: The Capitolist
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Rubio hauls in $6M in fundraising as Florida GOP senator gears up for 2022 reelection
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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: National Review
Washington Post:
NFL won't release more from WFT investigation despite anger over offensive emails  —  The NFL does not plan to release more materials from the investigation into the workplace of the Washington Football Team, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday, despite calls for more transparency …
Shams Charania / The Athletic:
Kyrie Irving and his vaccine stance clarified: Why the Nets star has made a decision that will sideline him  —  Kyrie Irving believes he is fighting for something bigger than basketball — and the unintended consequences are that his mission is conflicting with his career and his franchise, the Brooklyn Nets.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Washington Examiner:
Gas prices hit a seven-year high, and Biden remains as clueless as ever  —  Under former President Donald Trump, the United States achieved effective energy independence.  It became a net exporter of petroleum products and, for a brief moment in time, crude oil.
A.P. Dillon / The North State Journal:
Orange County Public Schools board chair ejects parents, speakers from meeting  —  BOARD CHAIR HILLARY MACKENZIE EJECTED SPEAKERS FROM THE OCT. 11 BOARD MEETING FOR NOT SPEAKING ON TOPICS DICTATED BY THE AGENDA  —  RALEIGH — At the direction of the Orange County Public Schools board of education chair …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Marine who criticized U.S. handling of Afghanistan withdrawal will plead guilty, seek favorable discharge  —  A Marine officer whose viral videos criticizing senior officials for how they withdrew from Afghanistan created a political uproar will plead guilty to several charges and seek …
Paul Begala / CNN:
Democrats are playing a dangerous game: ‘Deal or End American Democracy’  —  Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator, was a political consultant for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992 and served as a counselor to Clinton in the White House.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Republican Jon Dunwell wins special Iowa House election in Newton  —  Republican Jon Dunwell has won a special election for the Iowa House, flipping a Newton-based district that Democrats have held for years.  —  Dunwell led Democrat Steve Mullan Tuesday night with 60% of the vote …
Discussion: The Hill and Iowa Capital Dispatch
Elizabeth Howe / Defense One:
Catholic Troops Can Refuse COVID Vaccine, Archbishop Declares  —  “No one should be forced to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if it would violate the sanctity of his or her conscience,” Broglio wrote.  —  Catholic U.S. troops should be allowed to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine based solely …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Hossein Ronaghi / Wall Street Journal:
Western Media Aren't Telling You the Truth About Iran  —  Reporters would rather tweet about the weather than investigate repression and torture by the regime.  —  Tehran  —  I am a blogger and Internet freedom activist in Iran, and I have a message that millions of Iranians are desperate for you to hear …
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Larry Sand / City Journal:
Whose Children Are These?  —  From vaccine mandates to enabling life-altering surgery for children …
Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
Dave Chappelle's Rorschach Test
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
So, where's The Post's Pulitzer for Hunter Biden exposé?
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News
Anthony Brooks / WBUR News:
Wu holds wide lead over Essaibi George in race for Boston mayor, WBUR poll shows 04:33
CBS News:
Inflation accelerated in September, with consumer prices growing 5.4%
Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
U.S. Jan. 6 panel to advance contempt charges if subpoenas not followed -Cheney
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos, Raw Story and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Justice Thomas's audio memoirs released today, 30 years after he withstood the smears
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Pelosi: Reporters need to do a better job selling Biden's agenda
Jason Rantz /
Seattle school cancels Halloween over ‘equity,’ says Black kids don't celebrate
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Group close to McConnell to spend $10 million attacking vulnerable Democratic senators on domestic spending
Discussion: Washington Examiner
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
GOP Lawmaker's Campaign Spent Thousands on Her Own Companies
Washington Post:
Council member Robert C. White Jr. will run for D.C. mayor
Discussion: The Hill and DCist
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Time Is Running Out to Indict Trump for His Sex Hush Money Payment to Stormy Daniels
Discussion: Raw Story
Mitchell Prothero / VICE:
Bashar Assad's Playboy Cousin Spotted Driving $300K Ferrari in Beverly Hills