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8:05 AM ET, October 14, 2021


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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
As Budget Bill Hangs in Limbo, Kyrsten Sinema Heads to Europe  —  With the Senate out of session, Ms. Sinema, the Democratic senator from Arizona, has been in Europe on a fund-raising trip.  —  Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the moderate Arizona Democrat who has objected to the size and scope …
Discussion: The Hill, Political Wire and
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
'We're going to make her life unpleasant': Activists aren't finished with Kyrsten Sinema
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
‘There have to be consequences:’ Judge ups sentences for Capitol rioters  —  A federal judge in Washington has repeatedly sentenced people who stormed the U.S. Capitol to more prison time than prosecutors sought, saying that even people who were not violent should face consequences for joining the unprecedented assault.
Discussion: Twitchy, BuzzFeed News and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee preparing to aggressively enforce subpoenas, targets former Trump DOJ official  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack is planning to ramp up its efforts to force Trump administration officials to cooperate with its inquiry and on Wednesday it issued …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:   100 Capitol Rioters Have Pleaded Guilty. Here's What They Did And What They're Facing.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How close were we to an actual stolen election — stolen by Trump?
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Men Who Are Killing America's Newspapers  —  Inside Alden Global Capital, the secretive hedge fund gutting newsrooms and damaging democracy  —  the tribune tower rises above the streets of downtown Chicago in a majestic snarl of Gothic spires and flying buttresses that were designed to exude power and prestige.
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Katie Couric covered up RBG's contempt for taking the knee: Anchor says she edited 2016 interview to ‘protect’ the elderly justice after she said people who kneel for the anthem were ‘dumb and disrespectful’  — Katie Couric has admitted to editing out Ruth Bader Ginsburg's controversial comments …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Critical race theory is a potent issue in the Virginia governor's race  —  Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin doesn't get the most applause during his rallies when he talks about lowering taxes or assails President Biden.  The loudest cheers come when Youngkin promises …
Washington Post:
Democrats send heavy hitters to boost McAuliffe, amid anxiety over his race  —  Prominent Democrats from across the country are mobilizing to try to lift Terry McAuliffe to victory in the final weeks of the Virginia governor's race, a critical election that has put Democrats on edge …
Margaret Carlson / The Daily Beast:
Jim Jordan Makes His Move to Be the Most Batshit Anti-Vaxxer of All  —  RACE TO THE BOTTOM … He's got stiff competition from the likes of Republican trolls Greg Abbott and Kristi Noem, but the former wrestling coach is rolling up his sleeves and going for it.
Discussion: Raw Story and 90.7 WMFE
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Why it matters that Jim Jordan wants to ‘ban all vaccine mandates’
Discussion: and Houston
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Greg Abbott's vaccine demagoguery: Welcome to ‘lethal partisanship’
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and ex-USC dean indicted on bribery charges  —  Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of taking bribes from a former USC dean in exchange for supporting millions of dollars in L.A. County contracts …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Walker cancels fundraiser with supporter who had swastika in her Twitter profile  —  Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker canceled a fundraiser with a conservative film producer who until Wednesday used a rendering of a swastika as her Twitter profile picture.
Global energy crisis could dim climate hopes  —  An energy crisis around the world is hitting households and manufacturers that were already struggling to recover from the global pandemic.  —  Why it matters: This is a perfect storm of crises.  It features supply shortages, especially from China …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Two new polls should really light a fire under Democrats  —  A big problem Democrats face right now is that congressional sausage making is so repellent and ugly that it risks alienating voters precisely when Democrats need them to be open to the details of their proposals.
New York Times:
Why the Tuskegee Study Slowed Vaccinations of Black Americans  —  Black Americans were once far less likely than white Americans to be vaccinated.  But a wave of pro-vaccine campaigns and a surge of virus deaths have narrowed that gap, experts say.  —  TUSKEGEE, Ala. — By the time vaccines …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline  —  Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that her agency will formally begin the process of identifying federal waters to lease to wind developers by 2025.  —  WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced …
Discussion: Politico, HuffPost and
DC police warned other agencies before January 6 rally that attendees were urged to ‘come armed,’ according to new document  —  Hear why Schiff called out GOP lawmakers as ‘insurrectionists in suits and ties’  —  Washington (CNN)Local police in Washington warned their law enforcement partner agencies …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
White House formally rejects Trump's request to protect specific documents from being given to January 6 investigators  —  Erin Burnett: This is all information Trump doesn't want anyone to know  —  (CNN)The White House formally rejected the request by former President Donald Trump …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   Top conservative lawyers steer clear of Trump's latest legal fight
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
A Black Trans “Hamilton” Cast Member Has Filed A Discrimination Complaint Against The Show  —  When Hamilton first opened on Broadway, the musical became nothing short of a sensation, racking up Tony Awards and being widely championed as a celebration of a diverse and progressive America.
Discussion: CBS News, Deadline and The Daily Beast
Stan Choe / Associated Press:
Winter heating bills set to jump as inflation hits home  —  With prices surging worldwide for heating oil, natural gas and other fuels, the U.S. government said Wednesday it expects households to see their heating bills jump as much as 54% compared to last winter  —  Supply chain issues threaten holiday goods
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Kerry Owns Stake in Chinese Investment Group That Funds Company Blacklisted for Human Rights Abuses  —  Climate czar accused of downplaying Uyghur genocide during climate negotiations with China  —  Climate czar John Kerry and his wife have at least a $1 million stake in a Chinese investment group …
Discussion: Just The News
The Advocate:
Late Gov. Edwin Edwards' wife had his remains exhumed and cremated; his children are angry  —  About 10 weeks after former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards died, his widow had him dug up from a Baton Rouge cemetery so she could have him cremated.  —  For now, Trina Edwards is keeping his remains …
Jenni Fink / Newsweek:
Trump Says Republicans Won't Vote in Midterms, 2024 Election if 2020 Fraud Isn't ‘Solved’  —  Former President Donald Trump believes Republicans will sit out the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election, of which he may be a contender, if the fraud he believes occurred during the 2020 election isn't “solved.”
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and Blue Virginia
Michael Lange / The Narrative Wars:
Sandy Nurse Meets the Moment  —  The emerging leftist leader's journey from Zuccotti Park to City Hall - and everywhere in between … After launching an upstart bid for city council that galvanized New York City's ascendant progressive left, Sandy Nurse and her campaign were left to pick …
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Konstantin Kilimnik, Russiagate's Last Fall Guy, Speaks Out  —  The Senate Intelligence Committee, the Treasury, and even Robert Mueller pointed fingers.  But none bothered to question him  —  On Real Time With Bill Maher two Fridays ago, I fumbled and deflected politely over a Russiagate question, instead of going full cage match.
Hacked Records Reveal Hundreds Of Oath Keepers Across New Jersey  —  Over the last decade, dozens of current and former law enforcement officers, military personnel, and government officials in New Jersey joined a far-right, anti-government militia called the Oath Keepers …
Discussion: Salt Lake Tribune and Joe.My.God.
Geoffrey Dickens / Newsbusters:
LOPSIDED: Dems Swamp Republicans (115 to 16) on Evening News Budget Stories  —  Text to Speech  —  Is there any surprise our national debt keeps climbing when the voices calling for fiscal responsibility are almost completely drowned out by the national media?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Breitbart
New York Times:
People who received a J. & J. vaccine may be better off with a Moderna or Pfizer booster, a study finds.  —  People who received a Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine may be better off with a booster shot from Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, according to preliminary data from a federal clinical trial published on Wednesday.
Tom Hanson / KCLO-TV:
Case sealed in arrest of South Dakota Senate Majority Leader Gary Cammack  —  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Gary Cammack of Union Center serves District 29 which includes Butte, Meade, and Pennington Counties.  He was elected Senate Majority Leader in 2021.  —  According to a state website …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix Staff Raised Concerns About Chappelle Special Before Its Release  —  The company is dealing with an internal outcry unprecedented in its history.  —  Netflix Inc. employees raised concerns about offensive material in Dave Chappelle's new comedy special “The Closer” days before its release …
Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
A year of country music controversies has left some fans disappointed — and wondering whether they should keep listening  —  This month, after causing an online stir with photos of his toddlers wearing anti-President Biden T-shirts on Instagram, country superstar Jason Aldean doubled down …
Discussion: Hollywood in Toto
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Chris Isidore / CNN:
Delta knocks down false report that vaccinated pilot died in-flight
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jamil Smith / Vox:
Bryan Stevenson on tracing the legacy of American enslavement to modern-day mass incarceration
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: House Judiciary Republicans Demand Biden's AG Explain Memo Involving FBI In Local Schools, Call For Ethics Investigation
Discussion: IJR
Michael Gableman should resign, or be removed, immediately
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Whatever Joe Biden and the Democrats decide will be the best outcome democracy can produce while being sabotaged
Discussion: PRESS RUN
Pew Research Center:
Diversity and Division in Advanced Economies
Discussion: Washington Times
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Starbucks Temporarily Closes 2 Stores That Are Trying to Unionize
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Victor Fiorillo / Philadelphia Magazine:
Mark Squilla Staffer Charged in South Philly Voter Fraud Conspiracy
Discussion: Election Law Blog
TSA says 40% of employees are unvaccinated as deadline looms
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Minneapolis Police Caught on Video ‘Hunting’ Activists
Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
Robot Dogs Now Have Assault Rifles Mounted On Their Backs
Discussion: Input, Mediaite and Joe.My.God.