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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 …
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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.
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.
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CNN:   Trump to appear in video deposition Monday in case about 2015 alleged assault at Trump Tower
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.
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.
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.
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Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:   Virginia GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin forced to boot white nationalist supporter from campaign event
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Biden admin to build intelligence-gathering cell to track groups of migrants headed north  —  WASHINGTON — Planning is underway at the Department of Homeland Security to build an intelligence-gathering cell that would more closely monitor and better predict the movements of groups of migrants to the U.S. …
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.
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
How a lie becomes respectable, step by cowardly step  —  How does a lie become respectable?  —  Bit by bit, step by step, cowardly dodge by cowardly dodge.  —  Case in point: The Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., inviting Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty (Tenn.) …
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 …
 
 
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Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
‘Run Sean, Run!’ Donald Trump calls on former Wisconsin congressman Duffy to enter governor's race
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Dave Chappelle's Special Cost More Than ‘Squid Game’
Hannah Dreier / Washington Post:
The last days inside Trailer 83
Aisha Gani / The Guardian:
Facebook's policing of vitriol is even more lackluster outside the US, critics say
Sam Wilson / Billings Gazette:
Gov defends pandemic policies as Montana remains national hotspot
Peter Rex / Washington Examiner:
Corporate America has a censorship problem
The Hill:
It's official: Biden's performance is hurting Democrats' electoral prospects
Discussion: Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Justin George / Washington Post:
Metro suspends more than half of its rail cars after investigation uncovers safety problems
Discussion: Washingtonian
Nelson Renteria / Reuters:
Thousands protest in El Salvador against Bukele government
Associated Press:
Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers
Discussion: TalkLeft
Chris Isidore / CNN:
Labor flexes its muscle as leverage tips from employers to workers
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