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12:40 PM 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 …
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Progressive Group's Poll Suggests Deep Primary Trouble For Kyrsten Sinema  —  2024 is a long way away.  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is deeply unpopular with Democratic primary voters in her home state and would be vulnerable against a number of intra-party challengers, according to a new poll from a progressive group.
McKenzie Wilson / Data For Progress:
Poll: Kyrsten Sinema Poised to Lose Democratic Primary in 2024
Discussion: Common Dreams and Crooks and Liars
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Kyrsten Sinema Is Unfriending Her Network Into Oblivion
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Trump calls in to rally hosted by Bannon for Virginia GOP candidates  —  RICHMOND — Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin steered clear Wednesday night as former president Donald Trump phoned into a rally for the state's GOP ticket, headlined by onetime Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon.
Today's Big Stuff:
Why is Donald Trump so freaking afraid to visit Virginia?  —  Why did the chicken cross the road?  —  Because it kept his orange ass further away from the Virginia gubernatorial election.  —  Yep, super chicken, tired joke and all-around piece of human garbage Donald Trump is apparently terrified …
Ryan Bort / Rolling Stone:
Republicans Pledge Allegiance to Flag Carried on January 6th at Rally Trump Called In To
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Twitchy
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse / Salon:
Justice Alito complains, but the evidence is clear: This Supreme Court was built by dark money  —  And so it is — for big Republican donors  —  Justice Samuel Alito wants desperately for us to believe that everything is just fine at the Supreme Court.  Indeed, in his view the court is a victim.
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
SCOTUS changed oral arguments in part because female justices were interrupted, Sotomayor says  —  (CNN)Justice Sonia Sotomayor told an audience Wednesday that recent changes in the format of oral arguments were instituted in part after studies emerged showing that female justices on the court …
Discussion: Insider, CBS News and Reason
CNN:   Stephen Breyer says now isn't the time to lose faith in the Supreme Court
January 6 panel prepares to immediately pursue criminal charges as Bannon faces subpoena deadline  —  (CNN)Trump ally Steve Bannon's game of chicken with the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Hill riot is on the cusp of entering a new and critical phase Thursday as he faces …
‘There have to be consequences:’ Judge ups sentences for Capitol rioters
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
A Secretive Hedge Fund Is Gutting Newsrooms  —  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.  When plans for the building were announced in 1922, Colonel Robert R. McCormick …
Ella Nilsen / CNN:
Exclusive: Biden sending 12 cabinet members, high-level officials to UN climate summit  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden is planning a show of strength at next month's pivotal UN climate summit in Glasgow.  —  The president is sending 10 cabinet members and senior administration officials …
Discussion: The Hill
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Nicholas Kristof Leaves New York Times as He Considers a Political Run  —  Mr. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is weighing a run for governor of Oregon, the state where he grew up.  —  After 37 years at The New York Times as a reporter, high-level editor and opinion columnist …
Washington Post:
GOP lawmaker, banned from flying Alaska Airlines over mask mandate, tests positive for coronavirus  —  An Alaska GOP lawmaker banned from flying on the state's leading airline for refusing to wear a mask, and therefore unable to travel to and from the state capital, has now tested positive for the coronavirus, she said.
George Will / Washington Post:
This scrupulous biography of Robert E. Lee is exactly what the country needs  —  In 1935, the year before Margaret Mitchell's magnolia-scented novel “Gone with the Wind” began 21 months on bestseller lists, Douglas Southall Freeman, the son of a veteran of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's legions …
The Economist:
Opinion on the use of puberty blockers in America is turning  —  Even members of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health have some concerns  —  Worries about the use of puberty blockers, which are prescribed to some children to prevent the development of secondary sex characteristics …
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
How a $2 Million Condo in Brooklyn Ends Up With a $157 Tax Bill  —  Opaque methods, hypothetical numbers and ‘bonkers’ adjustments shift the property-tax burden toward middle- and working-class New Yorkers  —  A condo in Brooklyn's fashionable Williamsburg neighborhood sells for $2.15 million.
Stephen Moore / Newsweek:
Radical Green Groups Put Profits Before Planet  —  , AUTHOR AND DISTINGUISHED VISITING FELLOW, HERITAGE FOUNDATION  —  I've been warning for years about the dangers of the “climate change industrial complex.”  By this I mean the perversion of science and government policy decisions resulting …
The Markup:
Amazon Puts Its Own “Brands” First … Above Better-Rated Products  —  The online giant gives a leg up to hundreds of house brand and exclusive products that most people don't know are connected to Amazon  —  It took Robert Gomez about five months to get his Kaffe coffee grinder …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
House Democrats' campaign arm outraises GOP counterpart in third quarter  —  House Democrats' campaign arm out-raised its Republican counterpart in the third quarter as fundraising ramps up in the 2022 midterm cycle.  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Revert to Favoring Reduced Government Role  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans have shifted back to favoring a more hands-off approach for government in addressing the nation's problems after a rare endorsement of a more active role last year.  Currently, 52% say the government …
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Calls intensify to end Wisconsin's election review amid blunders by ex-judge in charge  —  The glaring errors became clear soon after a former Wisconsin judge issued subpoenas earlier this month in a Republican review of the state's 2020 presidential election.  Some of the requests referred to the wrong city.
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 …
Rich Miller / Bloomberg:
Summers Slams Woke Fed for Risking Losing Control of Inflation  — Former Treasury chief has warned about price risks for months  — Summers says Fed not preparing public for potential action  —  Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers castigated monetary policy makers in the U.S …
Discussion: Eschaton
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The media's doomsday talk about Biden is greatly exaggerated  —  Many in the media are drumming up the narrative that President Biden is in deep political trouble. … Some in the White House press corps are asking questions along the lines of “Isn't the president worried he's failing?”
Discussion: Townhall and HotAir
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
Top Democrats unveil bill to rein in tech companies' ‘malicious algorithms’  —  Happy Thursday!  It's a huge day for tech policy on Capitol Hill.  Key lawmakers are dropping major bills aimed at addressing concerns about competition online and algorithmic recommendations.  Keep scrolling for all the details.
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: 90.7 WMFE and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Loudoun County student accused in sexual assaults at two county schools, sparking outrage from parents  —  A teen accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student at a Loudoun County high school in May is also accused in a second sexual assault less than five months later at another county high school …
Discussion: RedState and Newsbusters
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Scheller, Marine who criticized Afghanistan withdrawal, pleads guilty to all charges in court-martial hearing  —  Scheller was freed from the brig last week where he was being held for violating an agreement to stop posting criticism on social media  —  Lt Col Stu Scheller faces hearing for blasting chaotic Afghan exit
Tim Reid / Reuters:
Anti-Trump Republicans to back vulnerable Democratic lawmakers in 2022 congressional races  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A group of anti-Trump Republicans on Thursday will endorse a slate of Democratic lawmakers facing tough races in next year's midterm elections, in a bid to stop the Republican Party from retaking control of Congress.
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Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
He's the Whistleblower Who Brought Down Trump's EPA Chief. Now He's Driving an Uber
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Progressives urge Pelosi to keep all the social and climate programs in Biden's economic plan intact
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Ted Sarandos Doubles Down on Dave Chappelle Defense: 'Content Doesn't Directly Translate to Real-World Harm' (EXCLUSIVE)
Heritage Foundation:
The Heritage Foundation Names Dr. Kevin Roberts Next President
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Signal
These Out-of-Work Americans Tell Us Job Market Turmoil Is Anything But Transitory
Stacey Lennox /
Will Ron DeSantis Save Christmas?
Discussion: The Hill
Will Parker / Wall Street Journal:
Mass Evictions Didn't Result After U.S. Ban Ended, Despite Fears
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Hillary Clinton Gets a Job Lying on Purpose
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
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New York Times:
Why the Tuskegee Study Slowed Vaccinations of Black Americans
Tom Hanson / KCLO-TV:
Case sealed in arrest of South Dakota Senate Majority Leader Gary Cammack
The Advocate:
Late Gov. Edwin Edwards' wife had his remains exhumed and cremated; his children are angry
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas and ex-USC dean indicted on bribery charges