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12:20 AM ET, October 16, 2021

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Ella Nilsen / CNN:
Democrats' clean energy program will likely be cut from massive budget bill
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Slate:
Biden's Supreme Court Commission Walked Straight Into the Legitimacy Trap  —  The Supreme Court is struggling with a “legitimacy crisis.”  According to the polls, Americans have lost confidence in the branch that requires public confidence to exercise power.
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Bloomberg Law:
Biden's Supreme Court Commission Loses Two Conservatives  —  President Joe Biden's bipartisan commission studying changes to the U.S. Supreme Court, including court expansion, lost two of its conservative members ahead of a Friday meeting to review preliminary findings.
Washington Post:
Justice Department will ask Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law while legal fights play out
Mynewsdesk:
Counter Terrorism Command leading investigation into Sir David Amess murder  —  The fatal stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea has tonight been declared as a terrorist incident, with the investigation being led by Counter Terrorism Policing.  —  The investigation is being led by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command …
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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.
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Eric Quintanar / The Daily Wire:
Loudoun County School Board Member Resigns Following Daily Wire Investigation  —  Beth Barts, a far-left member of the Loudoun County School Board, has resigned from her position.  —  First elected in 2019, Barts has been criticized by parent groups over Critical Race Theory and transgender policies in the school system.
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Hailey Fuchs / Politico:
Sinema rakes in Pharma and finance cash amid reconciliation negotiations  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) raised more campaign money in the last three months than in any quarter since she became a senator.  And she hit that $1.1 million haul with a big assist from the pharmaceutical …
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Woman with baseball bat bites Capitol Police officer on West Front
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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: Washington Post, ABC News and CNN
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Shawna Chen / Axios:
Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas  —  President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.  —  Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed …
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Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Steve Bannon's second act: He's back, and he wants to bring down the curtain on democracy
Sen. Bernie Sanders / Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Let's stand together to protect working families (Opinion)  —  THE MOUNTAIN STATE'S TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE.  —  In America today, the very rich are becoming richer while millions of working families are struggling to put food on the table or pay their bills.  We now have the absurd situation …
Michael Wolff / The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Bragged Bill Barr was in Charge, Not Trump  —  The pedophile told Ehud Barak he had “direct knowledge” that Barr was in charge in DC, according to a new book that also claims Steve Bannon gave Epstein advice on his PR strategy.  —  On a morning in early 2019, with spring in the air …
Discussion: Raw Story
Johnny Diaz / New York Times:
Texas Superintendent Apologizes After Official's Holocaust Remarks  —  State lawmakers and the Anti-Defamation League condemned a school official's advice to “make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust, that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives.”
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 …
CREW:
CREW files Hatch Act Complaint against Psaki  —  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appears to have violated the Hatch Act by endorsing Terry McAuliffe's gubernatorial campaign in Virginia from the podium in the White House Briefing Room.  —  During a press briefing, Psaki said of McAuliffe …
Joey Roulette / New York Times:
Surprise Russian Thruster Firing Prompts Space Station Emergency  —  While the astronauts were said to not be in any danger, it was the second such incident since July.  —  The International Space Station was briefly tilted out of its normal position in orbit on Friday during a test firing …
Discussion: Space Station and Space.com
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 …
Brett Simpson / The Atlantic:
Why Cars Don't Deserve the Right of Way  —  On a hot June evening in Berkeley, California, last year, while his groceries sweated on the couch, 24-year-old Darrell Owens sent a tweet that changed his city.  —  “Traffic enforcement needs to be totally removed from the police ...” it began.
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Lipinski bombshell: He may try to reclaim his old seat from Newman  —  Former U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski has had a look at the new proposed congressional map, and now he's considering trying to win back his spot in the U.S. House.  —  By On Politics  —  In a bombshell development …
Spencer Ackerman / Forever Wars:
Terrorism, Structural Racism, And Facebook  —  The ‘radical indifference’ of the surveillance-capitalist giant reflects and entrenches a racialized understanding of political violence.  —  Buy REIGN OF TERROR: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump
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, Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
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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W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
Biden hit for mentioning ‘waitress senator’ alongside those who would not ‘disrespect a waitress’
CNN:
China, Taiwan tensions spark debate inside Biden admin as Democrats push for more forceful response
Discussion: RealClearWorld and Truthout
John Nichols / The Nation:
Why Won't New York's Top Democrats Back the Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Buffalo?
Discussion: HuffPost
Adnan Sarwar / Financial Times:
Among the Taliban: a soldier-turned-writer's journey through Afghanistan
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
Discussion: Deseret News and Joe.My.God.
Eva Corlett / The Guardian:
New Zealand council ends contract with wizard after two decades of service
Discussion: RedState, NPR and New York Post
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Levinson / opb:
Oath Keepers in Oregon law enforcement
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Is a Democratic Wipeout Inevitable?
Discussion: Politico
Emily Tamkin / New Statesman:
Sarah Palin lost, but then she won
Jackie Calmes / Los Angeles Times:
Why journalists are failing the public with ‘both-siderism’ in political coverage
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Judges or Their Brokers Traded Stocks of Litigants During Cases