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1:25 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.
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Kyrsten Sinema Is Unfriending Her Network Into Oblivion  —  “A lot of her longtime friends and confidants are no longer there,” a Democratic strategist told The Daily Beast.  “No one knows, to be honest, where she's at.”  —  When people ask Kyrsten Sinema if she wants to run for president someday …
McKenzie Wilson / Data For Progress:
Poll: Kyrsten Sinema Poised to Lose Democratic Primary in 2024
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
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 …
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
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 …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Anti-Trump Republicans endorsing vulnerable Democrats to prevent GOP takeover  —  A group of anti-Trump Republicans on Thursday endorsed a slate of Democrats and centrist Republicans in the 2022 midterms to fight against the former president's hold on the party.
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 …
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: Washington Examiner and The Hill
Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press:
The AP Interview: Kerry says world short of climate goal
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Folds LinkedIn Social-Media Service in China  —  LinkedIn cites challenging operating environment, as retreat marks the biggest departure from China by a major tech company in years  —  Microsoft Corp.'s LinkedIn said it would shut the version of its professional-networking site …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Republicans Running to Support Donald Trump  —  Don Bolduc, a retired Army general and current U.S. Senate candidate from New Hampshire, is one of many political aspirants who believe that the 2020 election was stolen.  —  Across the country, candidates who support Donald Trump's false claims …
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 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 …
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Seminal ‘Diversity = Profits’ Research Doesn't Fare Well Under the Microscope  —  Above, from McKinsey's ‘Diversity Wins’ research, which is drawing skeptical scholarly scrutiny.  —  At last year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the head of Goldman Sachs announced a new policy …
Discussion: NOQ Report
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
White House zeroes in on Califf to head FDA as deadline nears  —  The emergence of the former commissioner as the finalist was confirmed by several people with knowledge of the discussions.  —  The White House is closing in on former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert M. Califf …
Discussion: CNN
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
He's the Whistleblower Who Brought Down Trump's EPA Chief.  Now He's Driving an Uber  —  He exposed Scott Pruitt's corruption.  So why is Kevin Chmielewski's life ruined while the official he brought down continues to escape justice?  —  When Kevin Chmielewski emerged from the FBI's fortress …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Joe Rogan forces Dr. Sanjay Gupta to admit CNN shouldn't have called his COVID treatment ‘horse dewormer’  —  'Do you think that that's a problem that your news network lies?'  Rogan asked the CNN correspondent  —  Media jumps on Joe Rogan coronavirus news
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Ted Sarandos Doubles Down on Dave Chappelle Defense: 'Content Doesn't Directly Translate to Real-World Harm' (EXCLUSIVE) … Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos sent a lengthy missive to the entire company following the mounting controversy around a new original special from comic Dave Chappelle.
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
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Tom Hanson / KCLO-TV:
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Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
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