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10:35 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: CBS News and Reuters
Los Angeles Times:
Biden will announce expanded operations at Port of Los Angeles as supply chain crunch continues
Discussion: Bloomberg and CBS Los Angeles
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
White House: Cancel Christmas?
Discussion: Associated Press, IJR and Instapundit
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
As supply chain troubles mount, Biden to tout longer hours for L.A. port
Discussion: CNBC and UPI
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
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 …
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
US to reopen land borders in November for fully vaccinated  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Jacob Ogles / Florida Politics:
Val Demings pulls in $8.4M in ‘historic’ third quarter fundraising haul
Discussion: The Capitolist
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.
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 …
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 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.
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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 .
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
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 …
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Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Republican Jon Dunwell wins special Iowa House election in Newton
Discussion: The Hill and Iowa Capital Dispatch
Anthony Brooks / WBUR News:
Wu holds wide lead over Essaibi George in race for Boston mayor, WBUR poll shows 04:33
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.
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
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
Capitol rioter admits to two new felonies while representing himself in bond hearing
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Abigail Constantino / WTOP:
Buses replace trains on 3 Blue Line stations as Metro investigates derailment
Discussion: NBC4 Washington and DCist
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Pro-Trump PAC fined over foreign money offer
Mitchell Prothero / VICE:
Bashar Assad's Playboy Cousin Spotted Driving $300K Ferrari in Beverly Hills
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Trump-Era Pentagon Official Sues as Suspension Reaches 5 Months