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12:05 PM ET, October 19, 2021

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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Congressman says he expects to be indicted  —  Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) told supporters on Tuesday he expects to be indicted on allegations he lied to federal investigators.  —  Driving the news: In a video uploaded to YouTube, the congressman sat with his wife and dog in a vintage pickup truck …
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Nolan Dorn / KLKN-TV:
Rep. Fortenberry to be indicted for being accused of lying to FBI
Discussion: The Daily Beast and KOLN
Paul Hammel / Omaha World-Herald:
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry expects to be indicted for lying to FBI but says charge is false
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Colin Powell and the Crisis of the Boomer Elite  —  You need to understand that in a society where religion has gone out of fashion, the elite has to canonize secular saints as examples for the people it proposes to rule.  The elite needs a quasi-religious justification to feel superior …
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Spencer Ackerman / Forever Wars:
The Only Man Who Could Have Stopped The Iraq War Is Dead
Greg Mitchell / Between Rock and a Hard Place:
Why Colin Powell's Iraq Speech at the U.N. Was So Crucial (and Bad)
Discussion: Eschaton
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
What is Tommy Tuberville doing here? … Tommy Tuberville had a decision to make.  So did the other Republican senators huddling with him in the storage closet.  —  It was Jan. 6, right-wing rioters were ransacking the U.S. Capitol, but these lawmakers were already in a secured part …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
What If Build Back Better Builds Back Worse?  —  Joe Manchin's prescriptions for the Biden bill in some cases even fall short of the status quo.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin's “red line” demands on infrastructure are threatening to effectively neuter President Biden's signature legislation.
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Bill Scher / Washington Monthly:
Message to Progressives: Dragging Manchin and Sinema Isn't Working  —  If Bernie Sanders and the left want to move the needle, they'll need more carrots than sticks.  —  Gary Gulman has a fantastic yarn called “Meltdown at Trader Joe's.”  The comedian describes his confrontation …
Discussion: CBS News, New York Times and VTDigger
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New York Post:   Biden playing a deadly game using secret flights to move migrants
The Bulwark:
Steve Bannon Out in the Open  —  The erstwhile Trump adviser is refusing to talk to the Jan. 6 committee, but most of his energetic anti-democratic activities are in plain sight.  —  The House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol is expected to vote today …
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Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Democratic Party chair reports lynching threat after writing op-ed critical of Donald Trump  —  Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn received multiple threats, including one of lynching, after he penned an opinion piece critical of former President Donald Trump, he told the Des Moines Register.
Discussion: The Hill, VICE and Raw Story
Insider:
Trump says his son Donald Jr. 'couldn't be beaten' if he ran for office in ‘certain places’: book  — Former President Trump says he'd support his son Donald Trump Jr. if he runs for office someday.  — “There are certain places where he couldn't be beaten,” Trump told journalist David Drucker.
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Oma Seddiq / Insider:
Trump calls Rep. Liz Cheney a ‘psycho’ who is ‘not the brightest person in the world’: book
Discussion: Raw Story
Micheline Maynard / Washington Post:
Don't rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes.  Try to lower expectations.  —  For more than a century, business experts have been trying to dial up the United States' efficiency.  Ever since Frederick Taylor published “The Principles of Scientific Management” in 1911 …
NBC News:
FBI agents swarm D.C. home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska  —  FBI agents swarmed the home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in Washington D.C. Tuesday, an agency spokesperson confirmed to NBC News.  —  The reason for their presence wasn't immediately clear.
Discussion: Political Wire
Julie Ray / Gallup:
U.S. Ratings at Record Low as Trump Exited, Rally Under Biden  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Six months into Joe Biden's presidency, approval ratings of U.S. leadership around the world had largely rebounded from the record-low ratings observed during the Trump administration.
Meghan McCain / Variety:
Meghan McCain Reveals Why She Quit ‘The View’ (EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXCERPT) … On July 1, 2021, I announced live on air that I was leaving “The View” after four years.  My co-hosts learned about my decision that morning, and the shock registered on their faces.  I'd been talking to ABC's higher-ups for weeks about wanting to leave.
Discussion: TheBlaze, Rolling Stone and Page Six
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Everyone Is Reading Too Much Into Virginia's Race for Governor  —  For a political press hopelessly addicted to speculation about the next big election, there are precious few data points to obsess over during the first year of a president's term.  New York City elects a mayor during this off-off-year …
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Rob Crilly / Daily Mail:   REVEALED: Virginia's Democratic Governor candidate Terry McAuliffe received $200,000 in donations from private equity billionaire Ron Burkle - who owns a plane known as the ‘f*** jet’
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.
The HighWire:
San Francisco Closes In-N-Out Burger After Defying City's Vaccine Rule … In-N-Out Burger's Chief Legal and Business Officer, Arnie Wensinger, is set to release a statement after the San Francisco Department of Health closed one of the Top California Burger Restaurant's locations.
Justin Klawans / Newsweek:
Psaki Says Trump ‘Incited Insurrection,’ Pressured DOJ to ‘Propagate Lies’  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded Monday to a reporter who attempted to compare the recent actions of President Joe Biden to the usage of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) by former President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
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Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Harry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration  —  Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday called on Democrats to push forward on immigration reform in 2021.  —  “If my 2010 reelection to the Senate proved anything, it was that Democrats can fight and win on immigration.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Yellowhammer News
Leslie Josephs / CNBC:
Southwest drops plan to put unvaccinated staff on unpaid leave starting in December  — Southwest scrapped a plan to put unvaccinated workers with pending exemptions on unpaid leave after the Dec. 8 deadline.  — Both American and Southwest require their new-hire employees to show proof …
Insider:
Rep. Mo Brooks is one of Congress' most vocal opponents of COVID-19 vaccine mandates — and he just violated a federal conflict-of-interest law on a Pfizer stock sale  — Rep. Mo Brooks sold up to $50,000 in Pfizer stock.  — The Alabama Republican has criticized Pfizer as political and opposed COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Conservative pundit Dan Bongino threatens to quit radio giant over vaccination mandate  —  'I don't see this going forward as a workable arrangement,' Bongino said of his radio distributor's vaccination requirement  —  In late May, the massively influential radio network Westwood One debuted …
Associated Press:
Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps bolstering GOP  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation's largest red state.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Drew Weisholtz / TODAY.com:
Katie Couric on withholding full anthem quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg interview: ‘I should have included it’  —  Former TODAY co-anchor Katie Couric is opening up about omitting some comments made by late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about kneeling during the national anthem …
Washington Post:
Russia allows methane leaks at planet's peril  —  On the morning of Friday, June 4, an underground gas pipeline running through the ancient state of Tatarstan sprang a leak.  And not a small one.  —  In a different era, the massive leak might have gone unnoticed.  —  Blank slide
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
New U.S. Travel Rules Bar Foreign Covid Survivors With One Shot  — U.S. definition of vaccinated at odds with European Commission  — Macron among French considered vaccinated with only one shot  —  The new U.S. travel policy will block entry to foreign nationals who have recovered …
 
 
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Aaron Mate / RealClearInvestigations:
Coming Into Focus: Hillary's Secretive, Russiagate-Flogging Pair of Super-Lawyers
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Elisha Sauers / Virginian-Pilot:
Gov. Northam, leader of Virginia's fight against pandemic, has had ‘long COVID’ for a year
Discussion: The Guardian
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Race for Hastings' Florida seat turns into 11-candidate pileup
J.D. Capelouto / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta could appoint a ‘night mayor’ dedicated to after-hours life, economy
 Earlier Items: 
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New York Times:
F.D.A. to Allow ‘Mix and Match’ Approach for Covid Booster Shots