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8:05 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: Raw Story and New York Post
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 …
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.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Dems find their anti-Rubio warrior in Val Demings
Discussion: Insider
Maya King / Politico:
‘This is the future’: Black Senate candidates crush fundraising expectations
Discussion: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
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.
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
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
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
Carrie Sheffield / Washington Examiner:   Terry McAuliffe doesn't care that public school closures hurt students of color
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Post and Fox News
Deepa Shivaram / NPR:
Former President Bill Clinton released from the hospital
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.
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
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Armando Garcia / ABC News:
Policies at southern border pushing migrants to take greater risks, advocates say
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HotAir
Orion Rummler / The 19th:
‘For all families and gender identities’: WNBA union denounces Texas abortion ban in New York Times ad
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
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Town & Country:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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Amy Davidson Sorkin / New Yorker:
The G.O.P.'s Race to Out-Trump the Trumpists
Discussion: CNN