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BBC:
Tory MP Sir David Amess dies after stabbing  —  Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery in Essex.  —  Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the stabbing at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.  —  They said they recovered a knife …
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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.
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Washington Post:
Trump asserts his dominance inside GOP, pushing Republicans to embrace his false claims of fraud
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.
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Politico:
Can Pete Buttigieg have it all?  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook …
Jennifer Oliver O'Connell / RedState:
Pete Buttigieg Returns to D.C. From Playing House, and Is About as Useful as When He Wasn't Here
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart and Twitchy
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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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 …
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Elisha Fieldstadt / Associated Press:
Nikolas Cruz plans to plead guilty to 17 counts of murder for 2018 Parkland school shooting  —  Nikolas Cruz to plead guilty to Parkland school shooting  —  Nikolas Cruz plans to plead guilty to 17 murder counts in the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, his lawyers said.
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: Reason, CNN and Financial Times
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Politico:
FDA panel endorses broad use of Johnson & Johnson booster shot  —  The independent vaccine experts' vote came after an hours-long discussion of the underlying data J&J submitted to the FDA.  —  A pharmacist administers a Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccination in California.  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
DOJ to ask Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law
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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Alex Pareene / The AP (Alex Pareene) Newsletter:
What Is Kyrsten Sinema Doing?  —  In one respect, that's an easy question to answer: Kyrsten Sinema is attempting to derail the reconciliation bill, or, failing that, to at least vastly pare back its more progressive elements, on behalf of the donors and lobbyists whose interests she represents.
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Biden administration says it's ready to restore ‘Remain in Mexico’ along border next month  —  The Biden administration is prepared to reimplement the Trump-era border policy known as the Migrant Protection Protocols in mid-November if the Mexican government agrees to accept the return …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Reason, Alternet.org and Boing Boing
James Clayton / BBC:
Apple takes down Koran app in China  —  Apple has taken down one of the world's most popular Koran apps in China, following a request from officials.  —  Quran Majeed is available across the world on the App Store - and has nearly 150,000 reviews.  It is used by millions of Muslims.
KCRW:
Biden has 99 problems and the ports back logs are just one  —  Listen 50 min MORE  —  The Port of Los Angeles will now be running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, under a new plan announced by President Biden.  Right now his administration is juggling a lot of problems that are weighing …
Discussion: CNN and RedState
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Kelly Laco / Fox News:
Southern California Dems distancing from Biden admin on supply chain crisis, oil spill disaster
Discussion: ABC News
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.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: DOJ memory holes Andrew McCabe wrongdoing
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Federal Judges or Their Brokers Traded Stocks of Litigants During Cases  —  Dozens of judges have reported share purchases and sales made while they presided in suits involving those companies, a WSJ investigation found  —  Mary Geiger Lewis acquired Walmart Inc. stock.
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 …
Jackie Calmes / Los Angeles Times:
Why journalists are failing the public with ‘both-siderism’ in political coverage  —  American politics has changed dramatically since my post-Watergate generation of journalists began covering the story.  Political journalism hasn't kept up.  —  For years it was easy to cover “both sides” …
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
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
How Celebrity Gossip Site Crazy Days And Nights Went QAnon  —  It was early June and “Penny Farthing” had finally had enough.  —  “I've been a faithful reader of this site since like 2008 but I have just about had enough of the QAnon garbage that gets posted lately.
 
 
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Glynn A. Hill / Washington Post:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
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American Greatness:
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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: Loudoun Schools Did Not Record Multiple Alleged Sexual Assaults Over A Period Of Years Despite State Law, Records Show
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Christian Spencer / The Hill:
After white students displayed Confederate flag at school, Black students suspended for planning protest
Discussion: TheGrio
Minnie Chan / South China Morning Post:
Upgrades for Chinese military airbases facing Taiwan hint at war plans
Discussion: The Sun
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
‘Be Human’  —  Notes on a gathering of democracy leaders and human-rights activists
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Warnock raises $9.5M over 3 months in bid to defend Senate seat
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Forbes and Just Security
David Siders / Politico:
‘Really embarrassing’: GOP erupts into swing state civil war