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Slate:
Biden's Supreme Court Commission Walked Straight Into the Legitimacy Trap  —  The Supreme Court is struggling with a “legitimacy crisis.”  According to the polls, Americans have lost confidence in the branch that requires public confidence to exercise power.
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Bloomberg Law:
Biden's Supreme Court Commission Loses Two Conservatives  —  President Joe Biden's bipartisan commission studying changes to the U.S. Supreme Court, including court expansion, lost two of its conservative members ahead of a Friday meeting to review preliminary findings.
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and National Review
Washington Post:
Justice Department will ask Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law while legal fights play out  —  The Department of Justice said Friday that it will go back to the Supreme Court to request that it put on hold Texas's restrictive abortion law while legal battles continue.
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Key to Biden's Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition  —  The West Virginia Democrat told the White House he is firmly against a clean electricity program that is the muscle behind the president's plan to battle climate change.  —  WASHINGTON — The most powerful part …
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Mynewsdesk:
Counter Terrorism Command leading investigation into Sir David Amess murder
Discussion: Bloomberg
Peter Hasson / Fox News:
Loudoun County superintendent apologizes, board member resigns as backlash grows over alleged sexual assaults  —  Loudoun County Public Schools has faced intense public pressure after Scott Smith revealed his daughter was allegedly assaulted in a school bathroom  —  Loudoun father claims city concealed sex assault
Discussion: National Review, TheBlaze, RedState and IJR
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Eric Quintanar / The Daily Wire:
Loudoun County School Board Member Resigns Following Daily Wire Investigation  —  Beth Barts, a far-left member of the Loudoun County School Board, has resigned from her position.  —  First elected in 2019, Barts has been criticized by parent groups over Critical Race Theory and transgender policies in the school system.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Netflix just fired the organizer of the trans employee walkout  —  The company suspects they leaked metrics about the Dave Chappelle special to the press  —  Netflix has fired a leader of the trans employee resource group who was organizing the upcoming October 20th walkout.
Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Sinema rakes in Pharma and finance cash amid reconciliation negotiations  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) raised more campaign money in the last three months than in any quarter since she became a senator.  And she hit that $1.1 million haul with a big assist from the pharmaceutical …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Poster
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Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Woman becomes ‘combative’ attempting assault on Capitol Police officers with baseball bat  —  A woman in Washington, D.C. , “became combative” and attempted to assault Capitol Police officers on Friday using a baseball bat , authorities said Friday.  —  The woman, who was identified …
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Woman with baseball bat bites Capitol Police officer on West Front
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Prosecutors: Capitol cop told Jan.6 rioter to hide evidence
Megan Carpentier / Oxygen Official Site:
Native American Woman In Oklahoma Convicted Of Manslaughter Over Miscarriage  —  Brittney Poolaw faces four years in prison for a miscarriage she suffered less than halfway through her pregnancy.  —  Prosectors in Oklahoma successfully argued to a jury this month that a woman who had a miscarriage …
New York Times:
Science vs. bureaucracy  —  For the 15 million Americans who have received the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine, the confusing messages from the federal government just keep coming.  —  An F.D.A. advisory panel is scheduled to vote today on whether J. & J. recipients should receive a booster shot.
Discussion: ABC News, Reason and CNN
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Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
Politico's New Owner Plans to Grow Staff, Launch Paywall  —  Axel Springer, whose $1 billion acquisition of Politico is expected to close next week, also eyes foreign-language editions  —  BERLIN— Axel Springer SE plans to eventually put Politico's content behind a paywall and immediately boost …
Terry Spencer / Associated Press:
Attorney: Cruz to plead guilty to Parkland school massacre  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The gunman who killed 14 students and three staff members at a Parkland, Florida, high school will plead guilty to their murders, his attorneys said Friday, bringing some closure to a South Florida community …
Michael Wolff / The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Bragged Bill Barr was in Charge, Not Trump  —  The pedophile told Ehud Barak he had “direct knowledge” that Barr was in charge in DC, according to a new book that also claims Steve Bannon gave Epstein advice on his PR strategy.  —  On a morning in early 2019, with spring in the air …
Discussion: Raw Story
Davis Winkie / Military Times:
Day 1 of outspoken Marine's trial brings guilty plea and political sideshow  —  CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina — When Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller's defense team called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, to the virtual witness stand Thursday afternoon, the tablet showing her Zoom testimony …
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Johnny Diaz / New York Times:
Texas Superintendent Apologizes After Official's Holocaust Remarks  —  State lawmakers and the Anti-Defamation League condemned a school official's advice to “make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust, that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives.”
Brett Simpson / The Atlantic:
Why Cars Don't Deserve the Right of Way  —  On a hot June evening in Berkeley, California, last year, while his groceries sweated on the couch, 24-year-old Darrell Owens sent a tweet that changed his city.  —  “Traffic enforcement needs to be totally removed from the police ...” it began.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump allies eye election law push should he be reelected  —  Even before he lost his reelection bid, former President Donald Trump has been obsessed with challenging and changing election laws.  Should he find himself back in the White House, his allies are hoping to turn that obsession into legislative action.
CNN:
China, Taiwan tensions spark debate inside Biden admin as Democrats push for more forceful response  —  Biden's balancing act amid tensions between mainland China and Taiwan  —  Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is grappling with how to respond to China's ramped-up aggression …
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Minnie Chan / South China Morning Post:
Upgrades for Chinese military airbases facing Taiwan hint at war plans
Discussion: The Sun
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
The Unvaccinated May Not Be Who You Think  —  Back when a viral pandemic killing millions around the world was just the plot of a scary movie, the film “Contagion” was lauded for how accurately it depicted the way such an outbreak would occur.  —  On the science of viral contagion …
Tampa Bay Times:
Trump won Florida, but online and at your door, his supporters are trying to force an audit  —  The push for a recount began months ago in states like Arizona, where Trump lost by a narrow margin.  But the movement is now bleeding into states Trump won comfortably, including Florida.
Discussion: Mediaite, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
CREW:
CREW files Hatch Act Complaint against Psaki  —  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appears to have violated the Hatch Act by endorsing Terry McAuliffe's gubernatorial campaign in Virginia from the podium in the White House Briefing Room.  —  During a press briefing, Psaki said of McAuliffe …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers - official  —  The White House will announce on Friday it will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, at land borders and for air travel, a White House official said.
Jonathan Levinson / opb:
Oath Keepers in Oregon law enforcement  —  The earliest law enforcement officer in the state to join was Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputy Phillip Farrell, who signed up in 2009, according to the hacked records.  Farrell retired from the Sheriff's office in 2014 and, until 2019 …
Deidre McPhillips / CNN:
New CDC data shows the risk of dying from Covid-19 is 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults  —  (CNN)Throughout August, the risk of dying from Covid-19 was 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than for fully vaccinated adults in the United States …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson's snide dismissal of paternity leave is in stark contrast to his colleagues' fervent support  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson dismissed the importance of paternity leave while taking an anti-gay swing at Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg on Thursday.
Emily Tamkin / New Statesman:
Sarah Palin lost, but then she won  —  She didn't become vice-president, and she's largely out of politics.  So why do I see Palin's image mirrored everywhere?  —  Lately, I find myself thinking of Sarah Palin.  —  In the fall of 2008, I sat in my college dormitory and watched Palin …
 
 
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Andrea Stanley / Cosmopolitan:
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John Nichols / The Nation:
Why Won't New York's Top Democrats Back the Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Buffalo?
Discussion: HuffPost
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Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
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Jackie Calmes / Los Angeles Times:
Why journalists are failing the public with ‘both-siderism’ in political coverage
Christian Spencer / The Hill:
After white students displayed Confederate flag at school, Black students suspended for planning protest
Discussion: Boing Boing and TheGrio
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Judges or Their Brokers Traded Stocks of Litigants During Cases
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration says it's ready to restore ‘Remain in Mexico’ along border next month