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3:50 PM ET, October 16, 2021

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Washington Post:
Publix heiress, funder of Jan. 6 rally, gave $150,000 to GOP attorneys general association  —  A wealthy Trump donor who helped finance the rally in Washington on Jan. 6 also gave $150,000 to the nonprofit arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association, records show …
Discussion: Forbes, The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Key to Biden's Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition  —  The West Virginia Democrat told the White House he is firmly against a clean electricity program that is the muscle behind the president's plan to battle climate change.  —  WASHINGTON — The most powerful part …
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Andrew Jeong / Washington Post:
Manchin slams Sanders over opinion piece in W.Va. newspaper urging him to support major spending package  —  The public dispute between Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) over the size and scope of a multitrillion-dollar spending package escalated Friday after Sanders published …
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 …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Jan. 6 Committee Tests Congress's Waning Power to Command Testimony  —  Former Trump aide Steve Bannon's defiance of House committee subpoena highlights legislative branch's reliance on courts and prosecutors to enforce its actions  —  WASHINGTON—Congress's powers to conduct investigations …
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Book Trump signed for Giuliani fetches $54K at auction: ‘I promise never to run against you’
Discussion: Insider
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas
Politico:
Virginia is for worriers: Governor race poses real risk to Dem agenda  —  The Democratic Party's fortunes are increasingly tied to someone who's never served a day in federal office: Terry McAuliffe.  —  Losing ground in a Virginia gubernatorial campaign once seen as a near-lock for Democrats …
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Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
The Perils of Political Foot-In-Mouth Disease  —  Democrats were already reaching for the Maalox as they saw polls showing a tight race in the Virginia governor's race, when the once (and possibly future) governor Terry McAuliffe handed Republicans a gift of great price.
Washington Post:
Vaccine mandates stoked fears of labor shortages.  But hospitals say they're working.  —  At Houston Methodist — one of the first American health-care institutions to require workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus — the backlash was short-lived.  —  More than 150 employees were fired.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Pledges to Pay Family of Those Killed in Botched Kabul Drone Strike  —  The Pentagon offered unspecified amounts to relatives of the 10 civilians who died in Aug. 29 attack and agreed to help relocate those who want to move to the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon offered unspecified …
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Shawna Chen / Axios:
U.S. offers condolence payments to families of civilians killed in Kabul air strike
Discussion: NPR and Common Dreams
Julia Shanahan / Rappahannock News:
Rep. Good encourages Rappahannock students to shed masks at school and rise up in opposition to mandates  —  U.S. Rep. Bob Good on Thursday encouraged a group of Rappahannock County High School students to not wear masks in school, saying during his visit the administration “can't stop everyone.”
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Instagram Struggles With Fears of Losing Its ‘Pipeline’: Young Users  —  The app, hailed as Facebook's growth engine, has privately wrestled with retaining and engaging teenagers, according to internal documents.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Instagram reached one billion users in 2018 …
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Trump-backed challengers to Republican lawmakers lag in fundraising  —  Four candidates backed by Donald Trump to challenge Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him or boot him from office are falling behind in raising money for their campaigns, according to disclosures filed on Friday.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Insider and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Capitol Fax.com
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Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Illinois Democrats Reward Never Trump Adam Kinzinger by Redrawing District to End His Career
Jessica Glenza / The Guardian:
Pete Buttigieg hits back at Fox News host's criticism of his paternity leave  —  The US transportation secretary and his husband recently adopted newborn twins and praised 'an administration that's actually pro-family'  —  US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has been on paternity …
Wall Street Journal:
As Afghanistan Sinks Into Destitution, Some Sell Children to Survive  —  U.N. warns that 95% of Afghans aren't getting enough to eat as winter approaches  —  HERAT, Afghanistan—Desperate to feed her family, Saleha, a housecleaner here in western Afghanistan, has incurred such an insurmountable debt …
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Uncomfortable inflation is here, and it's changing the economy  —  American families and businesses are altering their habits as they increasingly believe high prices are here to stay  —  One of the biggest problems with inflation right now is not the ships stuck at the Port of Los Angeles …
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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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Money Floods the Race for Control of Congress, More Than a Year Early  —  The main House war chests for both Democrats and Republicans have a combined $128 million in the bank — more than double the sum at this point in 2020.  —  A dizzying amount of money is already pouring into the battles …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
NBC News:
Trump's stolen election lie is on the ballot in 2022, thanks to these candidates  —  The future of U.S. elections is on the ballot in 2022, largely because former President Donald Trump can't let go of the past.  —  “The single biggest issue — the issue that gets the most pull, the most respect …
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Hoyer signals House vote on bill to ‘remove’ debt limit threat  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) signaled in a letter to colleagues on Saturday that the House may soon consider legislation to “remove” a debt limit threat, saying a vote could come as soon as this month.
 
 
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Catherine Pearson / HuffPost:
If You Have A Mood Disorder, You May Now Be Eligible For A COVID Booster
Discussion: WAVY-TV, NBC Chicago and New York Times
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
Breonna Taylor's death sparked remarkable changes to no-knock raids across America
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Trump pushing ex-Rep. Duffy to run for Wisconsin governor
Discussion: Political Wire
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
48 hours to live: An Oklahoma hospital's rush to find an ICU bed for a covid patient
Kristen Hwang / CalMatters:
Hospitals brace for strikes as California workers protest staff shortages
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Funding Fight Threatens Plan to Pump Billions Into Affordable Housing
Steve Cortes / Real Clear Politics:
2022: The Year of the MAGA Outsiders
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Bill McKibben / The Guardian:
It's easy to feel pessimistic about the climate. But we've got two big things on our side
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Bet on Raising Taxes on High-Income People, Big Businesses
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews
Discussion: Political Wire