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8:15 AM ET, October 13, 2021

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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: CNN and New Republic
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:   More women are tuning out politics — a danger sign for Democrats in Virginia and beyond
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
The Unlikely Issue Shaping the Virginia Governor's Race: Schools
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Biden lifting land border travel restrictions for fully vaccinated  —  The Biden administration will open up U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel starting in November — but only to those fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  —  Why it matters: Government officials …
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 …
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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: CNBC and New York Times
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Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
President Biden to meet with port heads ahead of expected Christmas supply crunch
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Fox News
Jesse O'Neill / New York Post:
Walgreens closes five more San Francisco locations, citing ‘organized retail crime’  —  Walgreens is closing five more San Francisco locations as drug stores from the Bay Area to the Big Apple are besieged by rampant shoplifting and lax enforcement.  —  San Fran shoplifters have been emboldened …
Discussion: SFGATE, Fox Business and Townhall
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Axios:   Unruly customers threaten economic recovery
Will Marshall / The Hill:
Democrats need a win — now  —  In politics, success tends to beget success.  That truism apparently eluded leftwing Democrats on Sept. 30 when they refused to vote for President Biden's $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.  —  Instead of basking in accolades for having passed …
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Peter Thiel lines up against Liz Cheney  —  Cheney outraised her primary challenger last quarter, but prominent Trump fundraisers are lining up against the impeachment backer.  —  Rep. Liz Cheney speaks during the House Armed Services Committee on Sept. 29 on Capitol Hill.  Rod Lamkey/Pool via AP
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 …
Washington Post:
Council member Robert C. White Jr. will run for D.C. mayor  —  D.C. Council member Robert C. White Jr. plans to run for mayor of Washington, setting up a potential 2022 race pitting the popular at-large member against Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, who is expected to seek a third term.
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 …
Mitchell Prothero / VICE:
Bashar Assad's Playboy Cousin Spotted Driving $300K Ferrari in Beverly Hills  —  Ali Makhlouf, whose one-time billionaire father is on multiple U.S. sanctions list for financing the Syrian regime, told “what do you do for a living” Instagram star Daniel Mac he was doing an internship.  —  MP
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.
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Rubio hauls in $6M in fundraising as Florida GOP senator gears up for 2022 reelection  —  Likely Rubio-Demings 2022 Florida showdown could become most expensive Senate race ever  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for October 12  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is building …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Oriana Pawlyk / Politico:
Southwest, American airlines workers will have to get vaccinated, despite Texas order  —  Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, both based in Texas, said Tuesday that they will continue plans to require employees to get vaccinated, despite an edict issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott …
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American Greatness:   A Southwest Pilot Explains What Happened over the Weekend
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Trump-Era Pentagon Official Sues as Suspension Reaches 5 Months  — Katie Arrington says her due process rights were violated  — Official was ‘left dangling’ without explanation, lawsuit says  —  The Pentagon official who led a new cybersecurity initiative for defense contractors sued …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Group close to McConnell to spend $10 million attacking vulnerable Democratic senators on domestic spending  —  A Republican group with close ties to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will launch a new front Wednesday in the ad wars over the Democratic domestic policy bill …
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
Abigail Constantino / WTOP:
Buses replace trains on 3 Blue Line stations as Metro investigates derailment  —  There will be no rail service between Rosslyn and Pentagon Metro stations on the Blue Line Wednesday, as Metro continues to investigate a derailment that left several riders stranded during the Tuesday afternoon rush.
Discussion: NBC4 Washington and DCist
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Pro-Trump PAC fined over foreign money offer  —  A pro-Trump political group has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle allegations it illegally solicited $2 million from reporters posing as intermediaries for a Chinese national.  —  Why it matters: A key player in the scheme, a veteran Republican operative …
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Time Is Running Out to Indict Trump for His Sex Hush Money Payment to Stormy Daniels  —  Federal prosecutors were never able to erect a criminal case against Donald Trump for directing a scheme to keep Stormy Daniels quiet about their two-minute sex session.
Discussion: Raw Story
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
W.H.O. Will Announce New Team to Study Coronavirus Origins  —  “This new group can do all the fancy footwork it wants, but China's not going to cooperate,” one expert said.  —  The position is unpaid.  The world's scientists and internet sleuths will scrutinize every move.
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
GOP Lawmaker's Campaign Spent Thousands on Her Own Companies  —  Trump acolyte Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) paid her own firms for rent, printing, and utilities.  —  BEAST INSIDE … Swing-district Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) has styled herself as a small business booster in the image of Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
School officials covered up his daughter's rape.  Now NSBA wants to make him a ‘domestic terrorist’  —  As far as injustices in the world go, the story of a Loudon, Virginia, man who became the poster child for “domestic terrorism” after his daughter was raped is pretty high on the list.
Mollie Hemingway / Fox News:
What happened during the 2020 election must be investigated and discussed  —  The last time Democrats fully accepted the legitimacy of a presidential election they lost was in 1988  —  Mollie Hemingway calls for ‘accountability’ after the Afghanistan exit  —  Editor's note …
 
 
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
25 years of Fox ‘News’ is nothing to celebrate. No company has done more to inflame partisanship and the pandemic.
Discussion: HuffPost and The Guardian
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Past Pandemics Remind Us Covid Will Be an Era, Not a Crisis That Fades
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Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Will Georgia voting laws reduce turnout? Maybe not, studies show
Discussion: The Dispatch
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
White House tells states to prepare for Covid vaccinations in young children
Discussion: NBC Chicago and Political Wire
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An Ocean Away, I Found Some Common Sense on Mask Wearing
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
How Not to De-Trumpify the GOP  —  Jonah Goldberg's plan to create a conservative third party …
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CIA Funding Arm Gave Encrypted App Wickr $1.6 Million
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration orders halt to ICE raids at worksites
floridahealth.gov:
Florida Department of Health Issues Notice of Fine to Leon County Totaling More Than $3.5 Million for Violation of Florida Law
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Hundreds of Police Officers Have Died From Covid. Vaccines Remain a Hard Sell.
Discussion: Metro.co.uk