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12:30 PM ET, October 17, 2021

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New York Times:
90 Seconds of Rage  —  The American flag became a blunt instrument in the bearded man's hands.  Wielding the flagpole like an ax, he swung once, twice, three times, to beat a police officer being dragged down the steps of a United States Capitol under siege.
Kierra Frazier / Yahoo News:
Five times as many police officers have died from COVID as from guns since pandemic began  —  COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for police officers even though members of law enforcement were among the first to be eligible to receive the vaccine, CNN reports, citing data from the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Discussion: CNN and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Terry McAuliffe is misreading what matters to Virginia voters  —  Four years ago, Virginia Democrats nominated a slow-talking country-accented pediatrician named Ralph Northam who had been an anonymous lieutenant governor for Terry McAuliffe.  —  Unlike McAuliffe, he sounded and talked like a rural Virginian, so he seemed harmless.
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe
Discussion: The Reload
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Pressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
‘More immediate, more visceral’ and a lot tougher on Eric Clapton: A plan for reviving Rolling Stone  —  Last Monday in Manhattan, outside the Fifth Avenue offices of Rolling Stone, dozens of young fans of the South Korean boy band P1Harmony swarmed the building, hoping to catch a glimpse of their idols.
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
'I'm So Stupid': MAGA Fan Who Attacked Officer Mike Fanone Called Himself A ‘Piece Of S**t’  —  Danny “D.J.” Rodriguez, who was arrested after he was identified in a HuffPost story, called himself a “f**king piece of s**t” during his interview with the FBI.  —  “I'm not smart.”  —  “I'm so stupid.”
Armando Garcia / ABC News:
Policies at southern border pushing migrants to take greater risks, advocates say  —  Migrants are pushing the boundaries and deaths are rising.  —  Ely Ortiz is used to receiving heartbreaking phone calls.  —  But Ortiz, the president of Aguilas del Desierto, or Desert Eagles …
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Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
Advocates Left A Meeting With Biden Officials Over Plans To Restart A Trump-Era Border Policy
Discussion: New York Post
Harriet Alexander / Daily Mail:
Former NYT opinion editor Bari Weiss hits out at CNN's Brian Stelter after he suggested a controversial column by a Republican senator she published ‘endangered lives’  — Bari Weiss appeared on Brian Stelter's podcast on Thursday to discuss media  — Weiss resigned from The New York Times in July 2020 in protest at their stance
Maria Abi-Habib / New York Times:
American Missionaries Kidnapped in Haiti, Officials Say  —  Up to 17 missionaries and their family members were taken by gangs in the capital as they were leaving an orphanage Saturday.  —  As many as 17 Christian missionaries from the United States and their family members …
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Says AI Can Enforce Its Rules, but the Company's Own Engineers Are Doubtful  —  AI has only minimal success in removing hate speech, violent images and other chronic problems from the platform, according to internal company reports  —  Facebook Inc. executives have long …
Michelle Celarier / New York Magazine:
Why the ‘Big Short’ Guys Think Bitcoin Is a Bubble  —  During the past year of COVID-induced market mania, cryptocurrencies have gone up so much — bitcoin is up about fivefold, while many other crypto projects are up far, far more — that even reluctant Wall Street institutions have begun to tiptoe into the arena.
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy?  —  As a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer in the early 2000s, I once received a call from a couple of Republican campaign operatives who said they had something to show me.  We met at their office in Washington, D.C., a few days later.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Maya King / Politico:
‘This is the future’: Black Senate candidates crush fundraising expectations  —  In his bid to hold his Georgia Senate seat, Democrat Raphael Warnock collected a stunning $9.5 million over the last 90 days.  Democrat Val Demings, who's challenging GOP Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida, amassed an eye-popping $8.5 million.
Discussion: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
Politico:
Illinois Democrats agonize over how much to gerrymander  —  Illinois Democrats unveiled a draft congressional map Friday that would bury the GOP: The proposed lines could give them control of 14 of the state's 17 House seats.  —  But privately, some national Democrats felt even that didn't go far enough.
Discussion: Chicago Business
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Deborah Haynes / Sky News:
Sir David Amess murder: Terror suspect being held by police is named Ali Harbi Ali, Sky News understands
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Town & Country:
Sarah Snook Finds the Success in Succession  —  The star of the hit HBO series on power, privilege, and what's next for Shiv Roy in everyone's famous one-percent family feud.  —  There's a lot going on in the teaser trailer for the  —  new season of  —  Succession  —  . Father-son fisticuffs.
Deadline:
Hollywood Strike Averted As IATSE & AMPTP Reach Deal On New Film & TV Contract  —  EXCLUSIVE: With Hollywood on edge and picket signs at the ready, IATSE and the AMPTP have reached an agreement on a new film and TV contract, averting a threatened nationwide strike.
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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
IATSE and AMPTP Have Reached a Deal to Avert a Strike
Discussion: San Bernardino Sun
 
 
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Haven Daley / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
Orion Rummler / The 19th:
‘For all families and gender identities’: WNBA union denounces Texas abortion ban in New York Times ad
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
How 3 Strangers a World Away Came to the Rescue of a Badly Burned Afghan Girl
Fredreka Schouten / CNN:
Cheney, Murkowski and other Trump targets outraise their Republican rivals
Bill Allison / Bloomberg:
Manchin Rakes In Cash From Energy Industry, Some GOP Donors
Discussion: Informed Comment and Insider
Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
The G.O.P.'s Race to Out-Trump the Trumpists
Washington Examiner:
Merrick Garland should really resign, but the least he can do is recuse himself
 Earlier Items: 
Ahmed Rouaba / BBC:
How a massacre of Algerians in Paris was covered up
Discussion: Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Jacobin
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz's Big Fundraising PAC is Nearly Broke
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Charleston Gazette-Mail:
Gazette-Mail editorial: Congress should pass Freedom to Vote Act
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Pramila Jayapal Won't Let the Biden Presidency Fail
Discussion: RedState
Financial Times:
China tests new space capability with hypersonic missile