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10:40 AM ET, October 18, 2021


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Devan Cole / CNN:
Colin Powell, military leader and first Black US secretary of state, dies  —  (CNN)Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st …
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
GOP senator smacks Trump  —  Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told “Axios on HBO” he's not sure former President Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination if he ran in 2024 — a rare voice of criticism from within the party.  — When I raised the conventional wisdom that Trump would be expected …
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.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Last Chance to Save American Democracy
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:   Our system is biased against reform. Get used to it, Democrats.
Washington Post:
As Japan's yakuza mob weakens, former gangsters struggle to find a role outside crime  —  KITAKYUSHU, Japan — Noodle chef Takashi Nakamoto moves so deftly as he boils, strains and arranges his signature plates of udon that it's easy to overlook the brutal reminder of his former life: his missing left pinkie.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump faces a pile of civil lawsuits as depositions begin  —  Former President Donald Trump has been ordered to answer questions under oath in a lawsuit Monday, and his attorneys could set a date for a deposition in another case, as well.  —  The lawsuits, involving allegations …
Discussion: Fox News and Joe.My.God.
CNN:   Trump to appear in video deposition Monday in case about 2015 alleged assault at Trump Tower
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: HotAir, TheBlaze,, Slate and WND
ABC News:
Out of the Shadows: Christopher Steele defiant on dossier, says Trump still ‘potential’ threat  —  The British former spy says the Russians still may hold “kompromat” on Trump.  —  Retired British spy Christopher Steele is stepping out of the shadows to discuss his so-called “Steele dossier” …
Mike Allen / Axios:
GOP senator calls for senility test for aging leaders  —  Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a physician, told me during an “Axios on HBO” interview that he favors cognition tests for aging leaders of all three branches of government.  —  Why it matters: Wisdom comes with age.  But science also shows that we lose something.
Discussion: IJR and Joe.My.God.
Hayden Dublois / Courier-Journal:
Why no outrage for new Kentucky election laws?  They're no better than Texas or Georgia  —  A Democratic governor signed an election integrity bill into law — with Republican support.  —  In the hyperbolic, hyper-partisan political landscape we're facing, this type of situation would be normally unthinkable.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Eric Adams Once Led Sexist Smear Campaign Against a Whistleblower Cop  —  In 1991, Adams portrayed Officer Lizette Lebron as the “scorned lover” of another cop and displayed a picture of her in a bathing suit after she exposed a cheating scandal.  The mayoral frontrunner now expresses …
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.
Russia shuts mission to NATO in row over spying  —  Russia said on Monday it would halt the activities of its diplomatic mission to NATO after the Western military alliance expelled eight Russians in a row over spying.  —  Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that in return …
Nicole Hong / New York Times:
Inside the N.Y.C. Neighborhood With the Fastest Growing Asian Population  —  In a corner of Queens, a fivefold increase in Asian residents since 2010 is transforming the area's restaurants, housing and politics.  —  Yumpling, a Taiwanese eatery, opened its first brick-and-mortar restaurant in August 2020 …
Ruby Cramer / Politico:
‘His Street Cred Went Up’: The Unintended Consequences of Outing the GOP Lawmakers at Jan. 6  —  It didn't occur to them, not at first, that in the human mass pushing past police barricades around the Capitol, they might see the bald head of a Pennsylvania state senator gliding through the crowd …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Washington Hears Echoes of the '50s and Worries: Is This a Cold War With China?  —  Incursions into Taiwan's air zone, a space launch and what looked like a prisoner swap raise a question that is about more than just semantics.  It could signal a dangerous new mind-set.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
IATSE Deal Could Be Rejected by Members: ‘Our Leadership Let Us Down’ … Many members of IATSE say they will vote against ratifying a new contract with the major studios because it does not do enough to address working conditions on set.  —  The deal, announced Saturday afternoon …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
How Virginia school boards are being weaponized to help elect a GOP governor  —  “I am a concerned parent.  I am not a plant.  I am not an activist.  And as anyone who knows me, I've always been identified as a Democrat,” Virginia resident Harry Jackson said on an October 14 appearance on Fox News.
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 …
Discussion: Washingtonian
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Dave Chappelle's Special Cost More Than ‘Squid Game’  —  While reporting on the growing unrest at Netflix over Dave Chappelle's new special “The Closer,” we obtained internal Netflix data that offered the clearest picture yet of how the service measures the success of its projects.
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.
Sam Wilson / Billings Gazette:
Gov defends pandemic policies as Montana remains national hotspot  —  As the rest of the U.S. begins to refer to the second “summer surge” of the coronavirus pandemic in the past tense, Montana has for weeks stood out as one of the nation's hotspots, with no sign of a slowdown …
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Members of Congressional Committee Question Whether Amazon Executives Misled Congress  —  In a letter, bipartisan group of representatives asks for documents, ‘exculpatory’ evidence as they consider whether to recommend Justice Department investigation  —  Members of a congressional committee …
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Aisha Gani / The Guardian:
Facebook's policing of vitriol is even more lackluster outside the US, critics say
Peter Rex / Washington Examiner:
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The Hill:
It's official: Biden's performance is hurting Democrats' electoral prospects
Discussion: Bloomberg
Nelson Renteria / Reuters:
Thousands protest in El Salvador against Bukele government
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
How a lie becomes respectable, step by cowardly step
Associated Press:
Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers
Discussion: TalkLeft and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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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
Charlie Sykes / MSNBC:
Is Trump running in 2024? The Claremont Institute hopes so
Discussion: The Bulwark and Morning Shots
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
Miriam Berger / Washington Post:
A woman won a million-euro Spanish literary prize. It turned out that ‘she’ was actually three men.
Discussion: Althouse