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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, NOQ Report and IJR
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump cronies who defy subpoenas may be prosecuted.  Here's why that matters.  —  The right wing in this country, particularly under Donald Trump, has pulled off a spectacular trick.  It has persuaded many neutral observers that its chronic anti-democratic bad acting is a natural …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos, CNN and HotAir
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Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:   U.S. judge calls for Justice Department civil rights probe into D.C. jail's treatment of Jan. 6 detainees
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 …
Discussion: HotAir
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
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
So, where's The Post's Pulitzer for Hunter Biden exposé?  —  Years ago, journalists unhappy that their ideas drew no interest from their bosses were known to complain that “news is what happens to an editor's wife.”  —  The view is outdated, but the fundamental point remains intact.
Discussion: Fox News
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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 …
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
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 and Crooks and Liars
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.
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
Ashton Pittman / Mississippi Free Press:
Auditor Demands Brett Favre Return $828,000 in ‘Illegally Spent Welfare Funds’  —  NFL star Brett Favre must return $828,000 he received from welfare funds that should have gone to needy families, Mississippi State Auditor Shad White said in a statement today.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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?
Discussion: Going Medieval, Jacobin and WBUR
Wajahat Ali / Yahoo News:
The Dems Are Wasting a Winning Platform With a Losing Message  —  United States Senator from West Virginia  —  If you aren't telling your story, your story is going to be told for you.  I mention this in nearly every speech to highlight the importance of being proactive in crafting and sharing …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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 …
Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
Robot Dogs Now Have Assault Rifles Mounted On Their Backs … Ghost Robotics and SWORD International have teamed up to create a rifle-toting “robot dog.”  Called the Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, the system adds a 6.5mm Creedmoor rifle from SWORD to one of Ghost Robotics' quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicles, or Q-UGVs.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Karl W. Smith / Bloomberg:
America Needs Higher, Longer-Lasting Inflation
Discussion: Twitchy
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
The climate colonizer mentality
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Democrats favor a bigger bill on social safety net and climate
Discussion: The Hill
Fox News:
Leaked Border Patrol docs show mass release of illegal immigrants into US by Biden administration
Discussion: Townhall and National Review
Alicia A. Caldwell / Wall Street Journal:
Middle-Class Migrants Fly to Mexico and Then Cross U.S. Border Illegally
Discussion: The Crime Report
noyb.eu:
Irish DPC greenlights Facebook's “GDPR bypass”.
Discussion: Politico
Mother Jones:
Evidence of Armed Trump Extremists Continues to Emerge in January 6 Cases
Discussion: Raw Story
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
Loudoun County parents demand superintendent resign over alleged sexual assaults in schools
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Sand / City Journal:
Whose Children Are These?  —  From vaccine mandates to enabling life-altering surgery for children …
Anthony Brooks / WBUR News:
Wu holds wide lead over Essaibi George in race for Boston mayor, WBUR poll shows 04:33
Jason Rantz / MyNorthwest.com:
Seattle school cancels Halloween over ‘equity,’ says Black kids don't celebrate
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
NFL won't release more from WFT investigation despite anger over offensive emails
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
Washington Examiner:
Gas prices hit a seven-year high, and Biden remains as clueless as ever
Discussion: Twitchy
Shams Charania / The Athletic:
Kyrie Irving and his vaccine stance clarified: Why the Nets star has made a decision that will sideline him