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10:55 PM ET, October 18, 2021

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Politico:
Trump sues Jan. 6 committee, National Archives  —  Donald Trump is suing the Jan. 6 select committee and the National Archives to block the release of his White House's records related to the Capitol attack.  —  The former president's lawyers filed the 26-page suit in D.C. district court on Monday …
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Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump files lawsuit to block release of Jan. 6 documents  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection to the congressional committee investigating the attack, challenging the decision of President Joe Biden.
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee lays out legal arguments against Bannon's subpoena defiance in private letter to his attorney  —  The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol sent Stephen K. Bannon's lawyer a stern letter Friday informing him that the panel rejected his arguments …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Trump sues to keep White House records secret, claiming executive privilege  —  (CNN)Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in DC District Court against the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection and the National Archives in an effort to keep records …
Discussion: Mercury News and TheBlaze
Washington Post:
Trump files lawsuit to keep Jan. 6 documents from Congress
Devan Cole / CNN:
Colin Powell, first Black US secretary of state, dies of Covid-19 complications amid cancer battle  —  (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 …
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
The Moment When Colin Powell Squandered His Spectacular Career  —  Colin Powell, who was the nation's top diplomat, its top general, and the first Black man to be either, died on Monday at the age of 84.  Rarely, if ever, has an American statesman or warrior risen to such heights of power …
Tim Requarth / Slate:
What Colin Powell's Death Really Means About the Vaccines  —  Breakthrough infections are scary.  They don't affect us all equally.  —  Colin Powell, the nation's first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state, a four-star general, and Iraq war supporter, has died from complications of COVID-19 at age 84.
Spencer Ackerman / Forever Wars:   The Only Man Who Could Have Stopped The Iraq War Is Dead
Al Tompkins / Poynter:   Why Colin Powell's death should not be framed as the death of a vaccinated person
Billy Witz / New York Times:
Covid Live Updates: Washington State Fires Football Coach for Refusing to Get Vaccinated
Discussion: Washington Post and NOQ Report
Huma Abedin / Vogue:
Huma Abedin on the Moment Her Private Life Went Public  —  To listen to this excerpt, click the play button below: … When I awoke in Buckingham Palace, it was as if I were still in a dream.  I turned my head to the tall, narrow windows, where sunlight was just beginning to peek through the gray clouds.
New York Times:
F.D.A. to Allow ‘Mix and Match’ Approach for Covid Booster Shots  —  The agency may act this week, when it is expected to authorize booster shots for recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.  —  WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is planning to allow Americans …
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
‘History of the World Part II’ Variety Series Ordered at Hulu, Mel Brooks to Write and Executive Produce (EXCLUSIVE) … “History of the World, Part I” is finally getting a Part II, with Hulu ordering a variety series followup to the classic Mel Brooks comedy film, Variety has learned exclusively.
Politico:
State IG launches investigations into end of Afghanistan operations  —  The State Department's inspector general is launching a series of investigations into the end of the Biden administration's diplomatic operations in Afghanistan, according to State Department and congressional officials, as well as documents viewed by POLITICO.
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Seth Hettena / Rolling Stone:
Steve Bannon Thought Jeffrey Epstein Was a Spy  —  The billionaire may have exaggerated his connections to the world of international espionage, but the tales were enough to pull in a top official in Trumpworld  —  In the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign, Jeffrey Epstein told associates something …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Supreme Court will consider fast track appeal of Texas abortion law  — The Supreme Court agreed to a request from abortion-rights advocates and providers to quickly consider taking up their challenge of a restrictive Texas law that bans most abortions after as early as six weeks of pregnancy.
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Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:   Supreme Court reaffirms police protection by qualified immunity, a legal doctrine targeted in protests
Chuck Culpepper / Washington Post:
Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich fired after failing to comply with vaccine mandate  —  In perhaps the most striking case to date of a public employee being terminated because of a coronavirus vaccine mandate, Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich was dismissed Monday …
Discussion: USA Today and Fox News
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Jerome Powell Sold More Than a Million Dollars of Stock as the Market Was Tanking  —  Disclosure documents reveal that the spectacle of Fed officials personally trading stocks extended to the chair himself.  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sold between $1 million and $5 million worth …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Dodges Questions in Marathon Deposition Over Protest Violence, Lawyer Claims  —  A spokesperson for the Trump Organization, meanwhile, said the president answered every question asked about a 2015 protest that went bad.  —  Donald Trump testified under oath for about four-and-a-half hours …
Yaron Steinbuch / New York Post:
Brian Laundrie lookalike ambushed by feds at gunpoint on Appalachian Trail  —  An upstate New Yorker bearing an uncanny resemblance to Brian Laundrie had a rude awakening when US Marshals on the hunt for the fugitive pulled their guns on him during a nap on the Appalachian Trail.
Robert Frank / CNBC:
The wealthiest 10% of Americans own a record 89% of all U.S. stocks  — The wealthiest 10% of Americans now own 89% of all U.S. stocks, a record high that highlights the stock market's role in increasing wealth inequality.  — The top 1% gained over $6.5 trillion in corporate equities …
Discussion: Washington Post
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
JOE ROGAN DESTROYSSSSSS CNN YOU WONT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT  —  (We all lose) … The Least Productive Conversation  —  Today, I want to talk about a way that our media ecosystems can take even relatively boring exchanges and turn them into internet chum that helps basically nobody.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Manchin Hasn't Killed Biden's Climate Agenda (Yet)  —  The cornerstone of Joe Biden's climate agenda looks dead.  —  Last week, Joe Manchin told the White House that he strongly opposes the president's Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP), a policy that would require all electric utilities …
Discussion: New York Times, HotAir and Politico
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
Senate Republicans have put a ‘hold’ on Biden's pick to oversee the January 6 prosecutions  — Senate Republicans have put a “hold” on Biden's pick for US attorney in Washington, DC.  — Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton confirmed the block on the nominee but declined to provide details.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Calls to end Wisconsin Republicans' review of 2020 election grow amid investigator's blunders  —  (CNN)The Republicans conducting a review of Wisconsin's 2020 election results are facing mounting calls to shut the probe down after a series of blunders by the former judge hired to conduct it.
Discussion: Raw Story
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Biden to participate in CNN town hall in Baltimore on Thursday  —  Biden hits road to make case for policy plan  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden will participate in a CNN town hall on Thursday in Baltimore, where he'll take questions as his administration continues to sell his ambitious legislative agenda …
Discussion: The Hill and Twitchy
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Be Green: Buy a Coal Mine!  —  It's time to reup the idea of buying coal mines and shuttering them.  I wrote about this a few years ago based on Bard Harstad's piece in the JPE and it came up again on twitter so I went looking for a coal mine to buy.  Here's a coal mine for sale in West Virginia for only $7.8 million!
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
University of North Carolina Can Keep Affirmative Action, Judge Rules  —  Students for Fair Admissions vowed to immediately appeal in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court.  —  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may continue using race as a factor in its admissions process …
 
 
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Aaron Keller / Law & Crime:
Capitol Siege Defendant Who Admitted Tasing Michael Fanone Files Court Documents Suggesting He Was ‘Acting Upon’ Donald Trump's ‘Authorization’
Discussion: Raw Story
Santiago Pérez / Wall Street Journal:
World Bank Mishandled Sexual-Harassment Claims, Internal Tribunal Says
John Sexton / HotAir:
Turley: Kamala Harris' explicit support for Terry McAuliffe appears to violate federal law
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Manchin on finishing agenda by Halloween: 'I don't know how that would happen'
Discussion: Daily Kos, Bloomberg and HotAir
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
CDC: Unvaccinated are over 11 times more likely to die from COVID
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