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12:50 PM 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 …
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New York Times:
Biden to Announce Expansion of Port of Los Angeles's Hours  —  The expansion of the Port of Los Angeles's hours comes as the administration has struggled to untangle kinks in global supply chains and curb the resulting inflation.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden will announce on Wednesday …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
White House: Cancel Christmas?
Discussion: Associated Press, IJR and Instapundit
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 and Vanity Fair
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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
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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Wall Street Journal:   Vaccine Mandate Madness
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 …
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 …
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
So, where's The Post's Pulitzer for Hunter Biden exposé?
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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Amara Omeokwe / Wall Street Journal:
Social Security Payments Could Increase the Most in 40 Years
Discussion: Ground News
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: Twitchy and National Review
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 …
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, Power Line and Breitbart
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Democrats favor a bigger bill on social safety net and climate  —  (CNN)As congressional Democrats negotiate the size and scope of a budget bill that could significantly remake the social safety net in the United States, a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS finds 75% of the party's rank …
Discussion: The Hill
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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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
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.
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
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.
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 …
Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
Dave Chappelle's Rorschach Test  —  At the end of Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix stand-up special—after 72 brutal, bruised, combative minutes that conclude with the story of a suicide—my other half turned to me and said: “That wasn't very funny, was it?”  —  Was it even meant to be?
Olivier Knox / Washington Post:
Record numbers of Americans are quitting their jobs.  There's no one reason.  —  Welcome to The Daily 202!  Tell your friends to sign up here.  On this day in 1960, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy held their third presidential debate.  Apart from the content, what made it remarkable …
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 …
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 …
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:
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Democrats Can't Just Give the People What They Want  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  Over the 20-year period from 1970 to 1990, whites, especially those without college degrees, defected en masse from the Democratic Party.
Discussion: Slow Boring and National Review
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Seattle school cancels Halloween over ‘equity,’ says Black kids don't celebrate  —  A Seattle elementary school canceled Halloween activities over concerns about student equity and inclusion.  Specifically, Seattle Public Schools says Black males do not celebrate and, more generally, students of color feel marginalized by the holiday.
Discussion: Fox News
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.
 
 
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Larry Sand / City Journal:
Whose Children Are These?  —  From vaccine mandates to enabling life-altering surgery for children …
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Group close to McConnell to spend $10 million attacking vulnerable Democratic senators on domestic spending
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Elizabeth Howe / Defense One:
Catholic Troops Can Refuse COVID Vaccine, Archbishop Declares
Discussion: Joe.My.God.