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8:45 PM ET, October 17, 2021


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Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Manchin's red lines  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has told the White House the child tax credit must include a firm work requirement and family income cap in the $60,000 range, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: While Manchin's demands would dramatically weaken …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
A Jan. 6 ‘blood flag’ and a Bond villain in the Senate — it's no time to go back to brunch  —  Say what you will about our modern obsession with James Bond movies, but their timing often seems impeccable.  This fall's release of No Time to Die, the 25th official film in the series …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
At Axel Springer, Politico's New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment  —  A high-flying German media giant is ahead on digital media but seems stuck in the past when it comes to the workplace and deal-making.  —  A high-level editor at the powerful German tabloid Bild …
New Politico Owner Says Will Enforce pro-Israel Policy  —  Axel Springer's CEO makes clear that tenets such as support for Israel's right to exist ‘apply to every employee of our company,’ even if they won't have to pledge this in writing  —  Politico's new owner, Germany's Axel Springer …
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.” … Disney, ESPN's parent company, is one of many large corporations requiring all employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, which has led to more than 722,000 deaths in the United States.
Kana Ruhalter / The Daily Beast:
ESPN Reporter Quits Her Job Instead of Getting Vaccinated  —  PARTING WAYS  —  ESPN reporter Allison Williams said on Instagram that she would be quitting the network after they introduced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees.  The sports network's parent company, Disney …
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Christopher Steele Breaks Silence in ABC Interview, Says the Trump Pee Tape ‘Probably’ Exists  —  Former British spy Christopher Steele defended the contents of his Donald Trump dossier in his first major TV interview since his bombshell allegations came to light years ago.
Discussion: CNN and HotAir
ABC News:
Confronting his critics, Christopher Steele defends controversial dossier in first major interview
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Major League Baseball to require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, sources say  —  Amid mounting pressure from players and advocacy groups, Major League Baseball will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, sources told ESPN.
New York Times:
As Manchin Blocks Climate Plan, His State Can't Hold Back Floods  —  As the senator thwarts Democrats' major push to reduce warming, new data shows West Virginia is more exposed to worsening floods than anywhere else in the country.  —  FARMINGTON, W.Va. — In Senator Joe Manchin's hometown …
Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
As a Woman Was Raped, Train Riders Failed to Intervene, Police Say  —  The SEPTA train car near Philadelphia had several passengers aboard but none called 911 while the woman was sexually assaulted, the authorities said.  —  As a woman was being raped while on a train near Philadelphia on Wednesday night …
Discussion: Slate and WND
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
In Virginia, Republicans see education, curriculum fears as a path to victory  —  WARRENTON, Va. — Democrat Terry McAuliffe launched his campaign for Virginia governor last year at a public school to tout his education plan.  —  But in the final days of an unexpectedly tight race …
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:   Virginia GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin forced to boot white nationalist supporter from campaign event
Carrie Sheffield / Washington Examiner:   Terry McAuliffe doesn't care that public school closures hurt students of color
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 …
Discussion: Insider
Tara Palmeri / Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: A new ‘Sputnik moment’
Maya King / Politico:
‘This is the future’: Black Senate candidates crush fundraising expectations
Discussion: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
A woman won a million-euro Spanish literary prize.  It turned out that ‘she’ was actually three men.  —  The work of one woman was, it turned out, the equivalent of the labors of three men.  —  That was at least the case for Spain's top writer of crime thrillers, a professor and mother …
Charlie Sykes / MSNBC:
Is Trump running in 2024?  The Claremont Institute hopes so  —  A recent piece in The Atlantic described the influential conservative think tank Claremont Institute as “the intellectual home of America's Trumpist right.”  —  That is, of course, one way of putting it.
Discussion: Morning Shots
Ian Hodgson / Tampa Bay Times:
For 105 days, COVID's death toll in Florida counties went missing  —  The state and federal government could have shared the death toll in each county with the public, but didn't.  —  Published Earlier today  —  For 105 days this summer, while COVID-19 deaths soared across the state …
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.
Discussion: Althouse
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
These Republicans torpedoed vaccine edicts — then slipped in the polls  —  Republican governors crusading against vaccine mandates are facing significantly lower approval ratings on their handling of the coronavirus pandemic than their counterparts.  But they're not worried.
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.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
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.
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.
Deepa Shivaram / NPR:
Former President Bill Clinton released from the hospital
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
As Trump Thunders About Last Election, Republicans Worry About the Next One  —  Donald Trump is the Republicans' greatest asset in mobilizing voters.  But some fret that his obsession with false claims about the 2020 election could cost the G.O.P. in 2022.  —  Republicans believe they have a good shot at taking Congress next year.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
In allied capitals, a nuanced, cautious view of Biden  —  In the wake of a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and a diplomatic rift with France, America's bond with many of its strongest allies sometimes seems to be unraveling.  —  During less than a year in office, a narrative …
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Chris Isidore / CNN:
Labor flexes its muscle as leverage tips from employers to workers
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Our system is biased against reform. Get used to it, Democrats.
Discussion: New York Times
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Low-Income Voters Were Key To Toppling Trump, Study Finds
Josh Jacobs / The Guardian:
Has Interpol become the long arm of oppressive regimes?
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
White House not stolen, but bought with Zuckerberg's money
Discussion: The Guardian and NOQ Report
Matt Taibbi / TK News:
Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State
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Orion Rummler / The 19th:
‘For all families and gender identities’: WNBA union denounces Texas abortion ban in New York Times ad
Discussion: Mediaite
Illinois Democrats agonize over how much to gerrymander
Discussion: Political Wire
Town & Country:
Sarah Snook Finds the Success in Succession
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Says AI Can Enforce Its Rules, but the Company's Own Engineers Are Doubtful
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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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’
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Is Biden Doing Enough to Protect Democracy?