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6:55 AM ET, October 18, 2021


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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 …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
A Jan. 6 ‘blood flag’ and a Bond villain in the Senate — it's no time to go back to brunch
Discussion: Axios
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 …
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.
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
GOP Senator Bill Cassidy Doubts Trump Will Be 2024 Nominee: He Lost ‘House, Senate, Presidency’  —  Senator Bill Cassidy cast doubt on former President Donald Trump's chances of winning the Republican nomination if he decides to run in 2024, after Trump tested the presidential waters by holding …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Christopher Steele Breaks Silence in ABC Interview, Says the Trump Pee Tape ‘Probably’ Exists  —  Former British spy Christopher Steele defended the contents of his Donald Trump dossier in his first major TV interview since his bombshell allegations came to light years ago.
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 …
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:, Slate and WND
New York Times:
As Manchin Blocks Climate Plan, His State Can't Hold Back Floods  —  As the senator thwarts Democrats' major push to reduce warming, new data shows West Virginia is more exposed to worsening floods than anywhere else in the country.  —  FARMINGTON, W.Va. — In Senator Joe Manchin's hometown …
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.
Zachary Petrizzo / Salon:
Virginia GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin forced to boot white nationalist supporter from campaign event  —  As Youngkin takes fire for welcoming extremists, a white nationalist supporter causes a scene for the GOP hopeful  —  MANASSAS, Virginia — A routine campaign stop for Virginia gubernatorial …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
In Virginia, Republicans see education, curriculum fears as a path to victory
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Examiner
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Allison Williams is leaving ESPN over COVID-19 vaccine mandate, says “I am so morally and ethically not aligned with this.” … Disney, ESPN's parent company, is one of many large corporations requiring all employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, which has led to more than 722,000 deaths in the United States.
Kana Ruhalter / The Daily Beast:
ESPN Reporter Quits Her Job Instead of Getting Vaccinated
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
The incredible, disappearing — incompetent — Team Biden  —  Last week was another bad one for the continually disappearing Biden administration.  —  As Americans took to social media to post pictures of bare Dunkin' Donuts shelves, sold-out milk at big-box stores and other signs of an America in trouble …
Discussion: Fox Business and CNN
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Last Chance to Save American Democracy  —  Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, has indicated that he plans to schedule a vote for Wednesday to open debate on a new voting rights bill, the Freedom to Vote Act.  —  The bill would set national standards for early voting, expand voting by mail …
Discussion: NBC News, Townhall and Raw Story
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:   Our system is biased against reform. Get used to it, Democrats.
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.) …
Justin George / Washington Post:
Metro suspends more than half of its rail cars after investigation uncovers safety problems  —  An NTSB investigation revealed that multiple 7000-series train car axles are out of compliance with manufacturer specifications  —  Metro on Sunday night pulled more than half of its rail cars …
Nelson Renteria / Reuters:
Thousands protest in El Salvador against Bukele government  —  Thousands of people in El Salvador took to the streets on Sunday to air a range of complaints against President Nayib Bukele, from adopting bitcoin as legal tender to firing Supreme Court judges, viewed by critics as a power grab.
CBS News:
Robert Gates on Afghanistan, his disagreements with President Biden and polarization in the U.S.  —  Robert Gates, the only secretary of defense to serve under presidents from two different parties, offers Anderson Cooper his unique perspective on the threats facing the United States at home and abroad.
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Wire
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 …
The Hill:
It's official: Biden's performance is hurting Democrats' electoral prospects  —  The recent drop in support for President Biden and his administration has imperiled Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey, according to recent polling conducted by our firm, Schoen-Cooperman Research.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Peter Rex / Washington Examiner:
Corporate America has a censorship problem  —  Tripwire Interactive CEO John Gibson just became another casualty of cancel culture, which threatens tremendous harm to our civil society and the American way of life.  —  Gibson's sin?  Expressing support for the Supreme Court's decision …
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 …
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.
Hannah Dreier / Washington Post:
The last days inside Trailer 83 … CHICO, Calif. — Mike Erickson had been living in the trailer park for 341 days when he saw the new sign.  It was unmissable, a blue billboard at the entrance to what had become a place of last resort for families made homeless by the worst wildfire in California history.
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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
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
Ian Hodgson / Tampa Bay Times:
For 105 days, COVID's death toll in Florida counties went missing
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In allied capitals, a nuanced, cautious view of Biden
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
White House not stolen, but bought with Zuckerberg's money
Discussion: HotAir
Charlie Sykes / MSNBC:
Is Trump running in 2024? The Claremont Institute hopes so
Discussion: The Bulwark and Morning Shots
Lisa Kashinsky / Politico:
These Republicans torpedoed vaccine edicts — then slipped in the polls
Discussion: Yahoo News and Crooks and Liars
Glenn Greenwald:
Civil Liberties Are Being Trampled by Exploiting “Insurrection” Fears. Congress's 1/6 Committee May Be the Worst Abuse Yet.
Discussion: Althouse
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
'I'm So Stupid': MAGA Fan Who Attacked Officer Mike Fanone Called Himself A ‘Piece Of S**t’
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
New York Times:
90 Seconds of Rage  —  The American flag became a blunt instrument in the bearded man's hands.