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11:15 AM 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 …
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 …
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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 …
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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.
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” …
Washington Post:
Wheels on Metro rail cars involved in derailment had failed repeatedly, NTSB says  —  An NTSB investigation found that an axle of the car that derailed was out of compliance with specifications.  —  The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board said wheel assemblies on Metro rail cars …
Discussion: UPI
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Justin George / Washington Post:
Metro suspends more than half of its rail cars after investigation uncovers safety problems
Discussion: Washingtonian
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.
Christopher Keating / Hartford Courant:
In book, former Sen. Joe Lieberman describes how Karl Rove and Republicans helped him beat Ned Lamont in 2006  —  HARTFORD — For the past 15 years, former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has never spoken publicly about the secret help that he received from Republicans Karl Rove and Elizabeth Dole …
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 …
Reuters:
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:   Virginia GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin forced to boot white nationalist supporter from campaign event
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: CNN, Fox News and Joe.My.God.
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.
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, Boston.com, Slate and WND
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Give no-show Buttigieg full-time paternity leave — abolish his department  —  Here's a question for you: What if a Cabinet secretary took a couple months off from work and nobody noticed?  —  What if his extended vacation took place right amid a crisis in which one would expect his agency …
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 …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Harris to highlight drought, climate change in Nevada trip  —  Vice President Harris will visit Lake Mead in Nevada on Monday to receive a briefing from Interior Department officials about the impact of this year's drought and highlight the Biden administration's proposals to address climate change.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration Seeks to Accelerate Cleanup of Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’  —  Concerns mount over health toll of substances used to make everything from cellphones to medical devices  —  The Biden administration said it is moving forward on regulations to limit the spread …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
CNN:
Murder trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery set to begin with jury selection in Georgia  —  (CNN)Three White men accused of chasing down and killing Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man out for a jog, are set to stand trial for murder in Georgia this week in a case thick with issues of racism, self-defense and cellphone video.
Samuel D. Samson / The American Conservative:
It's Time to Disobey Covid Mandates  —  Laws contrary to the human good are not only false laws, but acts of violence against the human person which can be disobeyed.  —  In early September, approximately one month after the re-imposition of the indoor mask mandate in Washington …
Marianna Spring / BBC:
I get abuse and threats online - why can't it be stopped?  —  Online abuse against women is on the rise, but why aren't the police, the government and social media companies doing more to stop it?  —  Warning: Story contains strong language  —  I'm the BBC's first specialist disinformation reporter …
 
 
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Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Peter Rex / Washington Examiner:
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The Hill:
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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
New York Times:
As Manchin Blocks Climate Plan, His State Can't Hold Back Floods
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Ian Hodgson / Tampa Bay Times:
For 105 days, COVID's death toll in Florida counties went missing