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11:35 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 …
Discussion: Axios
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: HotAir
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 …
Haaretz:   New Politico Owner Says Will Enforce pro-Israel Policy
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
GOP Senator Bill Cassidy Doubts Trump Will Be 2024 Nominee: He Lost ‘House, Senate, Presidency’  —  Senator Bill Cassidy cast doubt on former President Donald Trump's chances of winning the Republican nomination if he decides to run in 2024, after Trump tested the presidential waters by holding …
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.
Discussion: Forbes, Raw Story and Breitbart
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
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 …
Richard Luscombe / The Guardian:
Buttigieg warns Manchin of resistance to Biden's climate plan: ‘It will cost lives’
Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:
Virginia GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin forced to boot white nationalist supporter from campaign event  —  As Youngkin takes fire for welcoming extremists, a white nationalist supporter causes a scene for the GOP hopeful  —  MANASSAS, Virginia — A routine campaign stop for Virginia gubernatorial …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
In Virginia, Republicans see education, curriculum fears as a path to victory
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Carrie Sheffield / Washington Examiner:   Terry McAuliffe doesn't care that public school closures hurt students of color
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
Discussion: The Daily Wire
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.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Last Chance to Save American Democracy  —  Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, has indicated that he plans to schedule a vote for Wednesday to open debate on a new voting rights bill, the Freedom to Vote Act.  —  The bill would set national standards for early voting, expand voting by mail …
Discussion: Raw Story
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:   Our system is biased against reform. Get used to it, Democrats.
Justin George / Washington Post:
Metro suspends more than half of its rail cars after investigation uncovers safety problems  —  An NTSB investigation revealed that multiple 7000-series train car axles are out of compliance with manufacturer specifications  —  Metro on Sunday night pulled more than half of its rail cars …
Christopher Mele / New York Times:
Bill Clinton Is Released From Hospital  —  The former president was admitted to a California hospital on Tuesday for treatment of an infection that developed into sepsis, officials said.  —  Former President Bill Clinton was released from a California hospital on Sunday after being admitted …
Haven Daley / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton released from Southern California hospital
The Hill:
It's official: Biden's performance is hurting Democrats' electoral prospects  —  The recent drop in support for President Biden and his administration has imperiled Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey, according to recent polling conducted by our firm, Schoen-Cooperman Research.
Peter Rex / Washington Examiner:
Corporate America has a censorship problem  —  Tripwire Interactive CEO John Gibson just became another casualty of cancel culture, which threatens tremendous harm to our civil society and the American way of life.  —  Gibson's sin?  Expressing support for the Supreme Court's decision …
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 …
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
How a lie becomes respectable, step by cowardly step  —  How does a lie become respectable?  —  Bit by bit, step by step, cowardly dodge by cowardly dodge.  —  Case in point: The Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., inviting Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty (Tenn.) …
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 …
Associated Press:
Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers  —  Some of the defendants charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol are turning away defense lawyers and electing to represent themselves, undeterred by their lack of legal training or repeated warnings from judges.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
CBS News:
Robert Gates on Afghanistan, his disagreements with President Biden and polarization in the U.S.  —  Robert Gates, the only secretary of defense to serve under presidents from two different parties, offers Anderson Cooper his unique perspective on the threats facing the United States at home and abroad.
Discussion: The Daily Wire
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Nelson Renteria / Reuters:
Thousands protest in El Salvador against Bukele government
Discussion: The Hill
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Washington Hears Echoes of the '50s and Worries: Is This a Cold War With China?
Chris Isidore / CNN:
Labor flexes its muscle as leverage tips from employers to workers
Josh Jacobs / The Guardian:
Has Interpol become the long arm of oppressive regimes?
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
In allied capitals, a nuanced, cautious view of Biden
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
White House not stolen, but bought with Zuckerberg's money
Discussion: HotAir
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Glenn Greenwald:
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Discussion: Althouse
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Dems find their anti-Rubio warrior in Val Demings
Discussion: Insider
Michelle Celarier / New York Magazine:
Why the ‘Big Short’ Guys Think Bitcoin Is a Bubble
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
'I'm So Stupid': MAGA Fan Who Attacked Officer Mike Fanone Called Himself A ‘Piece Of S**t’
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Says AI Can Enforce Its Rules, but the Company's Own Engineers Are Doubtful