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1:10 PM ET, October 15, 2021

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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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Alan McGuinness / Sky News:
Conservative MP Sir David Amess dies after being stabbed at constituency surgery, police say
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  —  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 …
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.
Politico:
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 …
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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.
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: Breitbart, Political Wire and Twitchy
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.
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The Hill:
Biden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes ‘considerable’ risks to court expansion
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Texas Abortion Restrictions Can Continue During Litigation, Appeals Court Rules
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.
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Manu Raju / CNN:
Manchin and Sinema detail key disagreements over Biden agenda
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
CNN, Reuters: Get ready for the return of ... Remain in Mexico?
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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Fox News:
Scheller, Marine who criticized Afghanistan withdrawal, sentenced to reprimand, forfeiture of $5K in pay
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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.
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.
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 and Financial Times
Washington Post:
Inflation in the economy today is different.  Here are four charts that can explain why.  —  The delta variant and supply chain backlogs have kept prices elevated.  When will that change?  —  The bumpy economic recovery has policymakers, economists and Americans at large grappling …
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Jennifer Calfas / Wall Street Journal:   Close to 40% of U.S. Households Say They Face Financial Difficulties as Covid-19 Pandemic Continues
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
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.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Vaccinated travelers from abroad can enter the U.S. on Nov. 8.  —  International travelers fully vaccinated against the coronavirus who have been barred from entering the United States during the pandemic will be able to enter the country on Nov. 8, according to a White House official …
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
‘Be Human’  —  Notes on a gathering of democracy leaders and human-rights activists  —  Someone says to me, “Jay, this is Andrei.”  I say, “Hi, Andrei.”  Then I look at his name tag, which includes his last name.  My eyes widen.  My heart skips a beat or two.
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 …
Christian Spencer / The Hill:
After white students displayed Confederate flag at school, Black students suspended for planning protest  —  Story at a glance:  — White students at Coosa High School in Georgia waved the Confederate flag and hurled racial slurs leading up to homecoming.  — The students with the Confederate flag did not face repercussions.
Discussion: TheGrio
Minnie Chan / South China Morning Post:
Upgrades for Chinese military airbases facing Taiwan hint at war plans  —  Satellite images show work began last year to expand and reinforce three PLA air force bases in Fujian province The improvements will give air combat support but also strengthen defences against potential strike …
Discussion: The Sun
HuffPost:
He Attacked Cops At The Capitol.  The FBI Interviewed Him.  Then He Rejoined The Army.  —  James Mault was caught on film attacking officers during the Jan. 6 attack and lost his civilian job.  So he rejoined the military while under FBI investigation.  —  On Jan. 6, 2021 …
Discussion: CBS News, Washington Post and Raw Story
American Greatness:
Was January 6 Part of the FBI's ‘Operation Cold Snap’?  —  It's only a matter of time before we learn how many “Big Dans” or Stephen Robesons were part of January 6.  —  The tony, bucolic town of Dublin, Ohio would be one of the last places in America expected to host a convention of white supremacist militiamen.
Discussion: Twitchy
Peter Hasson / Fox News:
Congressmen denied access to Afghan refugees at US base in Qatar, Rep. Issa says  —  California Rep. Darrell Issa says Biden admin 'didn't want us to meet with refugees and hear their stories'  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for October 15  —  Several congressmen, including members …
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
A new problem for Democrats: Americans suddenly want smaller government after all
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Jackie Calmes / Los Angeles Times:
Why journalists are failing the public with ‘both-siderism’ in political coverage
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Democrat Mike Franken announces U.S. Senate campaign to unseat Chuck Grassley
Discussion: Washington Post
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
David Harrison / Wall Street Journal:
Retail Sales Rise, Showing Resilient U.S. Consumers
Discussion: CNBC and The Daily Caller
Peter Navarro / New York Post:
Welcome back to '70s-style stagflation misery, thanks to Uncle Joe
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Warnock raises $9.5M over 3 months in bid to defend Senate seat
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Maxine Joselow / Washington Post:
Abandoned wells are a huge climate problem
Discussion: Shore News Network, Bloomberg and CNN
David Siders / Politico:
‘Really embarrassing’: GOP erupts into swing state civil war
Washington Examiner:
Portland and other ‘defund’ cities are destroying their own livability
Dominic Gates / The Seattle Times:
Boeing's former chief technical pilot on 737 MAX indicted on fraud charges
New York Times:
N.F.L.'s Top Lawyer Had Cozy Relationship With Washington Team President