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3:40 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 …
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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
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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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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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
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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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
DOJ to ask Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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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Kelly Laco / Fox News:
Southern California Dems distancing from Biden admin on supply chain crisis, oil spill disaster  —  Fox News reached out to 24 Southern California House Democrats and none responded  —  Bill Hemmer presses economist on calling inflation a ‘high-class problem’: What were you thinking?
Discussion: ABC News
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KCRW:
Biden has 99 problems and the ports back logs are just one
Discussion: CNN and RedState
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 …
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 …
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” …
 
 
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Christian Spencer / The Hill:
After white students displayed Confederate flag at school, Black students suspended for planning protest
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Minnie Chan / South China Morning Post:
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Discussion: The Sun
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Forbes and Just Security
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
David Siders / Politico:
‘Really embarrassing’: GOP erupts into swing state civil war