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11:30 PM ET, October 18, 2021

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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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Spencer Ackerman / Forever Wars:
The Only Man Who Could Have Stopped The Iraq War Is Dead  —  Colin Powell chose to sell a war he knew was wrong.  Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were unavailable for comment on his death  —  Buy REIGN OF TERROR: How The 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump
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 …
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
'Don't feel sorry for me,' Powell said as the end approached
Discussion: WTOP
Al Tompkins / Poynter:   Why Colin Powell's death should not be framed as the death of a vaccinated person
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
Discussion: TheBlaze and Mercury News
Washington Post:
Trump files lawsuit to keep Jan. 6 documents from Congress
Laurie McGinley / Washington Post:
FDA to allow ‘mix-and-match’ approach on coronavirus booster vaccines  —  The agency is expected to say people can bolster protection by getting an extra shot, even if it is from another brand  —  The Food and Drug Administration is expected to say this week that people …
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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
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.
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
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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Ross Ibbetson / Daily Mail:
The Taliban will help America get US citizens and Afghans at risk out of Kabul as evacuation flights are set to resume before the end of the year
Discussion: HotAir and National Review
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 …
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 …
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.
Brian Stieglitz / Daily Mail:
Beginning at 10pm on Tuesday, the mob ran amok through the streets and shattered windows, setting fires, spraying graffiti messages like ‘anarchy means attack,’ ‘riots work,’ and ‘breaking windows is good’  —  The exception to the new law is when the circumstances constitute a riot …
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.
Justin Rohrlich / The Daily Beast:
Dennis Prager Announces He Has COVID After Hugging ‘Thousands’ to Get It  —  The right-wing personality offered dangerous advice to his audience about achieving natural immunity, which can kill a person in the process.  —  Right-wing personality and talk radio host Dennis Prager, who once …
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
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.
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
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
 
 
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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
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Biden to participate in CNN town hall in Baltimore on Thursday
Discussion: The Hill and Twitchy
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
GOP Lawmakers Concerned Biden Admin Delaying Iranian Agent Trial To Appease Iran
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Santiago Pérez / Wall Street Journal:
World Bank Mishandled Sexual-Harassment Claims, Internal Tribunal Says
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