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11:45 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 …
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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
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 …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
White House: Cancel Christmas?  —  Forget malaise, and let's start talking Grinch.  With supply-chain issues still festering for months and inflation beginning to roar, retailers wonder whether they can provide the goods for the holiday season on which they rely for fiscal solvency.
Discussion: IJR, Instapundit and Yahoo News
Will Feuer / New York Post:
Inflation comes in hotter than expected as prices spike 5.4 percent
Discussion: National Review
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.
Discussion: HotAir, CNN, Reason and New Republic
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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
The Unlikely Issue Shaping the Virginia Governor's Race: Schools
Discussion: NBC News, Power Line and Breitbart
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
More women are tuning out politics — a danger sign for Democrats in Virginia and beyond
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
The AP Interview: McAuliffe wants Democrats to ‘get it done’
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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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
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: BizPac Review and HuffPost
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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.
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New York Times:
The U.S. will open the Canada and Mexico borders for fully vaccinated travelers.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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: Daily Mail, Power Line and Fox News
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 …
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 Hill, Fox News and The Capitolist
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?
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.
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
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 …
Zachary Faria / Washington Examiner:
The United Nations ‘strongly appeals’ to the Taliban to stop being the Taliban  —  The United Nations is not known for being particularly useful when it comes to addressing human rights issues.  It's a well-earned reputation, and it remains on display when it comes to the Taliban.
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and UN News
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 …
 
 
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Mother Jones:
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Larry Sand / City Journal:
Whose Children Are These?  —  From vaccine mandates to enabling life-altering surgery for children …
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Republican Jon Dunwell wins special Iowa House election in Newton
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Justice Thomas's audio memoirs released today, 30 years after he withstood the smears
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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
William Bredderman / The Daily Beast:
GOP Lawmaker's Campaign Spent Thousands on Her Own Companies
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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
Elizabeth Howe / Defense One:
Catholic Troops Can Refuse COVID Vaccine, Archbishop Declares
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Trump-Era Pentagon Official Sues as Suspension Reaches 5 Months
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Focuses on Procedure in Kentucky Abortion Case