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2:50 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 …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Why Colin Powell's death should not be framed as the death of a vaccinated person  —  The retired four-star general was fully vaccinated but also immunocompromised due to a type of blood cancer.  —  Retired Gen. Colin Powell died Monday of COVID-19 complications at the age of 84.
The White House:
Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of General Colin Powell
Discussion: Mediaite, Insider, WAVY-TV and WLNS-TV
The Daily Beast:
Anti-Vaxxers Are Already Trying to Weaponize Powell's Death
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and National Review
William Kristol / The Bulwark:   Colin Powell, 1937-2021  —  He was a man to be looked up to.  —  Colin Powell was an impressive man.
Matt Cannon / Newsweek:
Donald Trump Asks Supporters for $45 Each to Help ‘Solve the Election Fraud’  —  Members of Donald Trump's mailing list have been asked to contribute $45 each to “solve the election fraud of 2020,” despite no evidence of mass voter fraud.  —  Team Trump's pleas for funds on Sunday evening came …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
As Trump Thunders About Last Election, Republicans Worry About the Next One
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 …
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook PM: Warner wants quick infrastructure vote — with or without BBB
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
New Capitol Surveillance Footage Shows A Breach By Jan. 6 Rioters From Start To Finish  —  WASHINGTON — A pair of US Capitol surveillance videos disclosed last week by prosecutors offer a new perspective into how a mob overwhelmed police officers and repeatedly breached a main access point to the building during the Jan. 6 riots.
Discussion: Trending Politics
American Greatness:   New Capitol Video Contradicts Justice Department, Media Narrative on January 6
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 and Joe.My.God.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump faces questions under oath at deposition in case brought by protesters
Discussion: IJR, Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
New York Times:
Jefferson Statue May Be Removed After More Than 100 Years at City Hall  —  Black, Latino and Asian City Council members who find the sculpture oppressive and racist may finally win a two-decade fight to remove it from their chamber.  —  For more than 100 years, a 7-foot-tall statue …
Max Read / Read Max:
Why You Should Read “Read Max” by Max Read  —  Read Max Read on Reading Read Max  —  You're reading a newsletter called Read Max.  My name is Max Read, and this, my newsletter, is the first opportunity I've had in my professional life to use my name as a pun.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Longtime Congressman David Price to retire  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Democratic Congressman David Price, who has represented much of the Triangle in the U.S. House for more than 30 years, said Monday that he will retire at the end of his term in December 2022.  —  Price has represented …
Amazon may have lied to Congress, five U.S. lawmakers say  —  Five members of the U.S. House Judiciary committee wrote to Inc's chief executive Sunday, and accused the company's top executives, including founder Jeff Bezos, of either misleading Congress or possibly lying to it about Amazon's business practices.
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” …
2 longtime House Democrats will retire  —  Two longtime House Democratic incumbents will call it quits this week.  —  Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, who has served 26 years in the House, is expected to announce his retirement later Monday, according to multiple sources familiar with the plans.
Discussion: Roll Call and WITF
David Gilbert / VICE:
QAnon Is Becoming Even More Antisemitic  —  The organizer of a major QAnon conference in Las Vegas later this week, where at least four sitting GOP lawmakers speak on stage, shared a neo-Nazi film with his 70,000 followers on Sunday evening.  —  John Sabal, who's known online as QAnon John …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Miami school says vaccinated students must stay home for 30 days to protect others, citing discredited info  —  In April, a Miami private school made national headlines for barring teachers who got a coronavirus vaccine from interacting with students.  Last week, the school …
Discussion: The Hill and Joe.My.God.
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
As Starbucks Workers Seek a Union, Company Officials Converge on Stores  —  A push in the Buffalo area could produce the first union at company-owned stores in the U.S. But backers say moves by management are having a chilling effect.  —  BUFFALO — During her decade-plus at Starbucks …
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: Joe.My.God. and IJR
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
Business Wire:
Sinclair Broadcast Group Provides Information On Cybersecurity Incident  —  BALTIMORE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) today provided information on a recent cybersecurity incident.  —  On October 16, 2021, the Company identified and began to investigate …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice Department asks Supreme Court to stop Texas abortion law  —  The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Monday for an emergency halt to the Texas law that has practically stopped access to abortion in the nation's second-largest state.  —  The action means the court will again …
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 …
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Dan Morain / Washington Post:
John Eastman isn't going away quietly
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Silent disgrace: Where is the national media on abandoned Americans?
Discussion: National Review
Houston Chronicle:
Abbott's ban on vaccine mandates is still a mandate
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Supreme Court protects cops from lawsuits in two qualified immunity cases
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
Oma Seddiq / Insider:
Australian politician rips into Sen. Ted Cruz for mocking COVID-19 vaccine requirements: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate'
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
Did Kamala Harris Just Violate Federal Law To Boost Terry McAuliffe In Virginia?
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
CNBC Reporter Smeared as Anti-Putin ‘Special Ops’ Temptress
 Earlier Items: 
Yueqi Yang / Bloomberg:
U.K. Covid Surge Sparks Call for Probe Into Delta Plus Mutation
Washington Examiner:
Give no-show Buttigieg full-time paternity leave — abolish his department
Samuel D. Samson / The American Conservative:
It's Time to Disobey Covid Mandates
Hayden Dublois / Courier-Journal:
Why no outrage for new Kentucky election laws? They're no better than Texas or Georgia
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ruby Cramer / Politico:
‘His Street Cred Went Up’: The Unintended Consequences of Outing the GOP Lawmakers at Jan. 6
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Inside the N.Y.C. Neighborhood With the Fastest Growing Asian Population

From Techmeme:

Reece Rogers / Wired:
As music from Universal Music Group artists disappears from TikTok, creators turn to royalty-free, almost-contextless sound clips

Gareth Harris / Financial Times:
How AI is being used to evaluate the authenticity of paintings, amid conservators' concerns of whether the tech can account for wear, damage, and other factors

New York Times:
Elon Musk's OpenAI lawsuit repeatedly cites a contentious paper by Microsoft's research lab, which said GPT-4 showed “sparks” of AGI, to argue that GPT-4 is AGI

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