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10:00 AM ET, October 13, 2021


 Top Items: 
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Vaccine and economy fights driving tight Virginia governor's race  —  The Virginia governor's race is but one state contest, an entire year before the midterms.  So why are the nation's political eyes all watching it so intensely?  Because, as our poll finds …
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, Reason and New Republic
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 …
Discussion: NBC News and Breitbart
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:   More women are tuning out politics — a danger sign for Democrats in Virginia and beyond
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
The AP Interview: McAuliffe wants Democrats to ‘get it done’
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: HotAir, CBS News, New York Times and Reuters
Los Angeles Times:
Biden will announce expanded operations at Port of Los Angeles as supply chain crunch continues  —  The Port of Los Angeles will begin operating around the clock as the White House pushes to clear supply chain bottlenecks threatening the holiday shopping season and slowing the country's economic recovery …
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
As supply chain troubles mount, Biden to tout longer hours for L.A. port
Discussion: CNBC and UPI
Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
President Biden to meet with port heads ahead of expected Christmas supply crunch
Discussion: Washington Examiner, Politico and NPR
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Real 2024 Election Nightmare
Lachlan Markay / Axios:   Pro-Trump PAC fined over foreign money offer
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 …
Republicans rally around possible Trump 2024 bid as they downplay his role on January 6  —  Senator who slammed Trump over riot now standing next to him at rally.  See why  —  (CNN)Nine months after the attack on the US Capitol, Republicans in Congress are defending Donald Trump's role …
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 …
Jemima McEvoy / Forbes:   Southwest, American Airlines Say They Will Defy Texas Gov.'s Order Banning Covid Vaccine Mandates
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill and DCist
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 …
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 …
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Justice Thomas's audio memoirs released today, 30 years after he withstood the smears  —  Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the Anita Hill hearings .  As Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's masterful memoir becomes available for the first time on Audiobook and Kindle, it's worth a reminder that Thomas was innocent .
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.
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
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Pelosi: Reporters need to do a better job selling Biden's agenda  —  Our latest edition of the ongoing saga of politicians “saying the quiet part out loud” features House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  She's recently been acknowledging that the massive, $3.5 trillion reconciliation package …
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 …
CBS News:
Inflation accelerated in September, with consumer prices growing 5.4%  —  Inflation accelerated in September, with consumer price pressures across America showing no sign of easing ahead of the all-important holiday shopping season.  —  Consumer prices increased 5.4% from the year-ago period …
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
Anthony Brooks / WBUR News:
Wu holds wide lead over Essaibi George in race for Boston mayor, WBUR poll shows 04:33 … Play  —  Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu has a commanding lead over fellow Councilor Annissa Essaibi George in the race to be the city's next mayor, according to a new poll from WBUR.
Discussion: CBS Boston
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.
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
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
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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.
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
Jason Rantz /
Seattle school cancels Halloween over ‘equity,’ says Black kids don't celebrate
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Jonah Goldberg's Narcissism of Small Differences
Discussion: National Review
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
GOP Lawmaker's Campaign Spent Thousands on Her Own Companies
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
W.H.O. Will Announce New Team to Study Coronavirus Origins
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Time Is Running Out to Indict Trump for His Sex Hush Money Payment to Stormy Daniels
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Will Marshall / The Hill:
Democrats need a win — now
Mollie Hemingway / Fox News:
What happened during the 2020 election must be investigated and discussed
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Past Pandemics Remind Us Covid Will Be an Era, Not a Crisis That Fades
Abigail Constantino / WTOP:
Buses replace trains on 3 Blue Line stations as Metro investigates derailment
Discussion: NBC4 Washington and DCist
Emily Anthes / New York Times:
What the Future May Hold for the Coronavirus and Us
Discussion: HotAir and The Indian Express
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration orders halt to ICE raids at worksites
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Trump-Era Pentagon Official Sues as Suspension Reaches 5 Months