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2:10 PM ET, October 17, 2021


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Tara Palmeri / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Reminder: HBO's “Succession” returns tonight for its third season.  —  A SIGN O' THE TIMES — Superman has long been known for championing “truth, justice and the American way.”  Now, DC Comics is changing that motto by cutting out the whole “American way” thing.
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
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Dems find their anti-Rubio warrior in Val Demings  —  MIAMI — A panicked question gripped Florida Democratic insiders this summer as Joe Biden's approval numbers began to fade and eyes turned toward the midterm election horizon: Where's Val Demings?  —  For months, the Florida congresswoman challenging …
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
Five times as many police officers have died from Covid-19 as from gunfire since start of pandemic  —  (CNN)Jessica Desfosses shared the final heartrending text messages she exchanged with her police officer husband in the days before he died from Covid-19.  —  “Commercial just came on tv …
Discussion: DNyuz and WTOP
Kierra Frazier / Yahoo News:
Five times as many police officers have died from COVID as from guns since pandemic began
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Glenn Greenwald:
Civil Liberties Are Being Trampled by Exploiting “Insurrection” Fears.  Congress's 1/6 Committee May Be the Worst Abuse Yet.  —  Following the 9/11 script, objections to government overreach in the name of 1/6 are demonized as sympathy for terrorists.  But government abuses pose the greater threat.
New York Times:
Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision  —  Faced with the likely demise of a central pillar of President Biden's agenda, the White House and outraged lawmakers are scrambling to find alternatives.  —  WASHINGTON — Some House and Senate Democrats …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Pressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks
Discussion: NBC News and The Colorado Sun
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.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe
Discussion: The Reload
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 …
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 …
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
Danielle DuClos / ABC News:
J&J recipients should ‘feel good’ about booster recommendation: Fauci  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on ABC's “This Week” Sunday.  —  Recipients of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine should not be concerned about the shot's lower efficacy now that boosters have been recommended …
Discussion: Politico, Slate, Forbes and New York Post
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 …
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
Advocates Left A Meeting With Biden Officials Over Plans To Restart A Trump-Era Border Policy
Discussion: New York Post
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.
Haven Daley / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital  —  ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said.
Orion Rummler / The 19th:
‘For all families and gender identities’: WNBA union denounces Texas abortion ban in New York Times ad  —  'This directly affects a lot of people in our league as a women's league and a league of people with uteruses,' the union's first vice president said.  —  “Reproductive rights are human rights.
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Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Allison Williams is leaving ESPN over COVID-19 vaccine mandate, says “I am so morally and ethically not aligned with this.”
Discussion: The Hill, New York Post and Fox News
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Catholic Church in Sicily Bans Godparents For Now
Discussion: New York Post
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
Illinois Democrats agonize over how much to gerrymander
Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
The G.O.P.'s Race to Out-Trump the Trumpists
Discussion: CNN
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Washington Examiner:
Merrick Garland should really resign, but the least he can do is recuse himself
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz's Big Fundraising PAC is Nearly Broke
Discussion: Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
Hollywood Strike Averted As IATSE & AMPTP Reach Deal On New Film & TV Contract
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Pramila Jayapal Won't Let the Biden Presidency Fail
Discussion: RedState