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8:35 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 …
Financial Times:
China tests new space capability with hypersonic missile  —  Launch in August of nuclear-capable rocket that circled the globe took US intelligence by surprise  —  China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August that circled the globe before speeding towards its target …
Bill McKibben / The Crucial Years:
Gutted  —  Thanks to Joe Manchin, we're on the edge of a devastating climate loss  —  Last night's scoop from the New York Times was devastating: the paper reported that Joe Manchin had exercised a firm veto over the Clean Energy Performance Plan (CEPP) at the heart of the Biden administration's climate efforts.
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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
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Key to Biden's Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition
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
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Robert Durst has Covid, his lawyer says, and is on a ventilator.  —  The millionaire and former real estate mogul Robert A. Durst, 78, is on a ventilator in a Los Angeles hospital after testing positive for Covid-19, days after being sentenced to life in prison for the 2000 murder of his confidante.
Discussion: NBC News and The Guardian
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 …
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: Rolling Stone and The Hill
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
IATSE and AMPTP Have Reached a Deal to Avert a Strike … Negotiators from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have reached a deal for a new three-year contract, averting a strike that would have shut down film and TV production across the country.
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.
Alia Shoaib / Insider:
Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by revealing the secrets of Donald Trump or Bill Clinton, a new book says  — Jeffrey Epstein believed he could make a deal with prosecutors by flipping on Trump or Clinton, a new book says.  — Steve Bannon reportedly told Epstein …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Raw Story
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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
Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Gazette-Mail editorial: Congress should pass Freedom to Vote Act  —  THE MOUNTAIN STATE'S TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE.  —  It's time for Congress to pass the Freedom to Vote Act.  —  The legislation, a compromise from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., of the previous For the People and John Lewis Voting Rights acts …
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
Advocates Left A Meeting With Biden Officials Over Plans To Restart A Trump-Era Border Policy  —  Border groups on Saturday “walked out” of a virtual meeting with the Biden administration over its upcoming plans to restart a Trump-era program that forced thousands of immigrants and asylum-seekers …
Discussion: Welcome With Dignity
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 …
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
Deborah Haynes / Sky News:
Sir David Amess murder: Terror suspect being held by police is named Ali Harbi Ali, Sky News understands  —  The suspect was arrested on Friday at the scene of the attack at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, had been holding his weekly constituency surgery.
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 …
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 …
Ellie Silverman / Washington Post:
‘Justice for J6’ rally cost government agencies that assisted Capitol Police at least $790,000, according to estimates  —  Local governments and the National Guard spent at least $792,500 to assist U.S. Capitol Police in its response to the Sept. 18 “Justice for J6” rally …
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 …
 
 
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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
Caroline Vakil / The Hill:
Hoyer signals House vote on bill to ‘remove’ debt limit threat
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Funding Fight Threatens Plan to Pump Billions Into Affordable Housing
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Steve Cortes / Real Clear Politics:
2022: The Year of the MAGA Outsiders
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Bet on Raising Taxes on High-Income People, Big Businesses
Discussion: New York Times
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Biden giving stiff-arm to press interviews
Discussion: Political Wire
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Money Floods the Race for Control of Congress, More Than a Year Early
Discussion: Wall Street Journal