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8:35 AM ET, October 15, 2021


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Adam Goldman / New York Times:
F.B.I. Official Fired Under Trump Wins Back His Pension  —  Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director, will receive his pension and other benefits after settling his lawsuit with the Justice Department.  —  WASHINGTON — Hours before he was scheduled to retire in 2018, Andrew G. McCabe …
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe wins retirement benefits and back pay in settlement  —  The Justice Department has agreed to restore full law enforcement benefits and provide some attorney fees for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration only hours before his retirement three years ago.
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Texas abortion ban remains in effect after appeals court rules against Justice Dept.  —  The nation's most restrictive abortion law remains in place for now, after a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with the state of Texas.  —  In a 2-to-1 order, the U.S. Court of Appeals …
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Texas Abortion Restrictions Can Continue During Litigation, Appeals Court Rules
Discussion: CNN and Washington Times
Washington Post:
Trump asserts his dominance inside GOP, pushing Republicans to embrace his false claims of fraud  —  Former president Donald Trump has in the last week threatened electoral defeat for Republicans who dismiss his election falsehoods, inserted himself into the Virginia governor's race to the delight …
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump's Hostage Politics
Discussion: Breitbart, The Week and The Mahablog
NBC News:
Southlake school leader tells teachers to balance Holocaust books with ‘opposing’ views  —  New flare-up in fight over books at Southlake school  —  SOUTHLAKE, Texas — A top administrator with the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake advised teachers last week that if they have a book …
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Schools, economy driving close Virginia governor's race  —  57 percent of Virginia parents think they should get a say in what schools teach  —  Youngkin: McAuliffe is telling parents 'sit down, be quiet, I don't care what you think'  —  Virginia voters give better personal ratings …
Discussion: Blue Virginia and USA Today
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
McAuliffe doesn't deserve reelection  —  How do you know a Democrat is scrambling to recover from a blunder?  Or that a Republican threatens to win an election Democrats thought safe?  Or that the guy on the left has run out of arguments?  —  You know, because that's when the Democrat calls his Republican opponent a racist.
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
Trump-backed candidate would turn back the clock on progress in Virginia
Discussion: Washington Post
Jamie Gangel / CNN:
Former President Bill Clinton hospitalized for infection but ‘on the mend’  —  (CNN)Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center's intensive care unit for a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, his doctors told CNN on Thursday.
New York Times:
Bill Clinton Is Hospitalized for Infection, Aide Says  —  An aide said that Mr. Clinton had a urological infection that had developed into sepsis, although it was not considered to be acute.  —  Former President Bill Clinton has been hospitalized with a “non-Covid-related infection,” a spokesman said on Thursday.
New York Times:
N.F.L.'s Top Lawyer Had Cozy Relationship With Washington Team President  —  Jeff Pash, the N.F.L.'s general counsel, brokered penalties, discussed a cheerleading scandal and arranged perks in emails with the former president of the Washington Football Team.
U.S. Senator Sinema rejects vote on big Biden package before infrastructure-source
Matthew Belloni / Puck:
Can Ted Sarandos Clean Up His Chappelle Mess?  —  Netflix's economic rationale for defending Chappelle's transphobic routine has deepened an internal crisis that is not going away.  When I texted Hollywood executives and comms pros this week about how the streamer is managing the controversy …
John Koblin / New York Times:
Chappelle Special on Netflix Draws Criticism and Internal Unrest
Dominic Gates / The Seattle Times:
Boeing's former chief technical pilot on 737 MAX indicted on fraud charges  —  A federal grand jury in Texas on Thursday indicted Mark Forkner, 49, Boeing's former chief technical pilot on the 737 MAX program, charging him with fraud.  —  This is the only criminal charge so far resulting …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Trump Presidency Is Still an Active Crime Scene  —  It's hard to consign the Trump years to the history books when we remain in the middle of the crisis that it sparked.  —  Every Administration produces a shelf full of memoirs, of the score-settling variety and otherwise.
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Raw Story
Can Pete Buttigieg have it all?  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  PETE BUTTIGIEG has been MIA.  —  While U.S. ports faced anchor-to-anchor traffic and Congress nearly melted …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
At Yale Law School, a party invitation ignites a firestorm  —  Maoist reeducation camps have nothing on Yale Law School.  If you think this is an exaggeration, okay, it is, but keep reading.  —  Last month, a second-year law student sent some classmates an invitation to a party — to celebrate Constitution Day, of all things.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Missouri Governor Vows to Prosecute St. Louis Post-Dispatch for Reporting Security Vulnerability  —  On Wednesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a story about how its staff discovered and reported a security vulnerability in a Missouri state education website that exposed the Social Security numbers …
David Zucker / Commentary Magazine:
Destroying Comedy … Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the release of Airplane!, the comedy I wrote and directed with my brother Jerry and our friend Jim Abrahams.  Just before the world shut down, Paramount held a screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Models and bottles: When Melania's pal Paolo blew through D.C.  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  This is the story of what happened when a notorious New York City playboy not named DONALD TRUMP tried to replicate his act in Washington.  —  Few people are more intertwined with Donald and MELANIA TRUMP than PAOLO ZAMPOLLI.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Examiner:
Portland and other ‘defund’ cities are destroying their own livability  —  Portland, Oregon, chose to jump on the politically correct bandwagon in 2020 and defund its police force.  A rash of murders has since swept over the Rose City, which was once a pleasant place to live.
Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
Abandoned wells are a huge climate problem  —  TGIF!  Today we're wondering why pumpkin spice hummus is a thing.  But first:  —  The United States has more abandoned wells than we thought  —  The number of abandoned oil and gas wells in the United States is much higher than previously thought …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Bloomberg and CNN
New York Times:
Italy Imposes Mandate for Workers to Boost Covid Vaccination  —  All workers across public and private sectors are now required to be vaccinated or take frequent coronavirus tests.  While many accepted the move as a necessity, it was greeted by protests in some parts of the country.
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David Siders / Politico:
‘Really embarrassing’: GOP erupts into swing state civil war
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Texas Republicans' congressional map carves up Rep. Jackson Lee's district, siphoning off thousands of Black constituents
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Moselle / WHYY:
To improve equity on the road, Philly bans police stops for minor traffic infractions
Dr. Sanjay Gupta / CNN:
Why Joe Rogan and I sat down and talked — for more than 3 hours
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
Can Laurene Powell Jobs Save the World?
Priyanjana Bengani / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Metric Media network runs more than 1,200 local news sites. Here are some of the non-profits funding them.
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
One of the zebras that escaped from a Maryland farm has died, county officials say
Discussion: New York Times, DCist and NPR
Christine Rosen / Commentary Magazine:
Self-Sacrifice Upon the Altar of ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’
Discussion: Instapundit
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
Walmart vs. Whiteness
Discussion: National Review, HotAir and Twitchy
Select Committee to Investigate …:
Thompson Statement on Cooperation of Witnesses