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4:20 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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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Trump Presidency Is Still an Active Crime Scene
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Steve Bannon's second act: He's back, and he wants to bring down the curtain on democracy
Discussion: The Nation and Crooks and Liars
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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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Capitol Police officer Michael Riley charged with cover-up of other person's role in Jan. 6 riot
CNN:
US Capitol Police officer indicted on obstruction of justice charges in connection with January 6
Discussion: UPI
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.
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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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
Politico:
Can Pete Buttigieg have it all?  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook …
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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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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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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Is a Democratic Wipeout Inevitable?  —  It's common now for Democrats to argue that the agenda they are struggling to implement on Capitol Hill represents the party's most ambitious since the “Great Society” Congress convened in 1965.  That's a reasonable assessment—but one that the party today …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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” …
Marco Rubio / Fox News:
It's time to fire John Kerry, Biden's ethically challenged climate czar  —  President Biden has a choice: stand by the man profiting from slave labor or fire him  —  Fox News reads climate czar John Kerry's emissions report on air  —  Sometimes the most obvious explanation is the right one.
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
 
 
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Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
DOJ's outrageous assault on parents
Eva Corlett / The Guardian:
New Zealand council ends contract with wizard after two decades of service
Discussion: New York Post and RedState
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Breitbart, NPR, National Review, CNN and Townhall
Los Angeles Times:
How Vice President Kamala Harris' appearance on a kids' YouTube special backfired
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Two GOP incumbents vow to run in redrawn West Virginia district
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 Earlier Items: 
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Democrat Mike Franken announces U.S. Senate campaign to unseat Chuck Grassley
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Washington Post
American Greatness:
Was January 6 Part of the FBI's ‘Operation Cold Snap’?
Discussion: Twitchy
Minnie Chan / South China Morning Post:
Upgrades for Chinese military airbases facing Taiwan hint at war plans
Discussion: The Sun
David Shepardson / Reuters:
U.S. to lift curbs from Nov. 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers - official
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
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Models and bottles: When Melania's pal Paolo blew through D.C.
Discussion: Raw Story