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11:05 PM ET, October 19, 2021

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Politico:
Why Biden's not doing interviews  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  President JOE BIDEN is not doing one-on-one interviews.  —  In the first nine months of his presidency, he has participated in just 10, none since Labor Day.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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NBC News:
Democrats abandon free community college as White House warns social safety net bill will shrink below $2T
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Schiff ‘vehemently’ disagrees with Attorney General Garland's reluctance to pursue Trump  —  American judge and 86th United States Attorney General  —  In unusually pointed comments about a member of President Biden's Cabinet, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff says he …
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Politico:
House hopes to defy history in criminal contempt case against Bannon  —  The House's push to prosecute Steve Bannon for defying its Jan. 6 investigators relies on a law that hasn't produced a conviction in decades and could take years to litigate.  —  Welcome to criminal contempt of Congress.
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Obama DOJ official outlines three ‘fundamental problems’ with Trump's Capitol riot lawsuit
Wall Street Journal:
Jan. 6 Committee Set to Recommend Contempt Charge for Steve Bannon
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name  —  Mark Zuckerberg wants to be known for building the metaverse  —  Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.
Page Six:
Kanye West dons bizarre mask for second Michael Cohen meeting  —  Who was that masked man?  —  Kanye West was spotted meeting again with former Trump fixer Michael Cohen for coffee on the Upper East Side on Tuesday — but this time, West was wearing the same strange prosthetic mask he'd been seen wearing at JFK Airport a day earlier.
Quinnipiac University Poll:
78% Of Republicans Want To See Trump Run For President In 2024, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Americans Now Split On Border Wall As Opposition Softens  — mail_outline  —  Nearly one year after the 2020 presidential election, a majority of Americans (58 - 35 percent) …
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.
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix Co-CEO Says He ‘Screwed Up’ When Defending Dave Chappelle Special  —  ‘I should have recognized the fact that a group of our employees was really hurting,’ Ted Sarandos says in interview  —  Netflix Inc. Co-Chief Executive Ted Sarandos said he “screwed up” in his efforts to communicate …
U.S. Department of Justice:
U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Charged with Scheme to Deceive Federal Investigators Probing Illegal Campaign Contributions in 2016  —  LOS ANGELES - A federal grand jury today charged U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry, who represents Nebraska's 1st Congressional District …
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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Congressman says he expects to be indicted
Ryan Hoffman / Omaha World-Herald:
Federal grand jury issues indictment for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Trump's Pentagon Chief Ruled Out Ramping Up Troops at US-Mexico Border  —  Top national security aides to former President Trump also talked him out of launching military raids against drug cartels inside Mexico.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's defense secretary thought the idea was outrageous.
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New York Times:
Trump's Pentagon Chief Ruled Out Ramping Up Troops at Border
Discussion: Political Wire
Tablet Magazine:
Lectures From Limousine Liberals  —  The same people who sat at home praising essential workers as heroes now repay them with exclusion and sneering condescension
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
“Right Now, All I Want Is a Healthy Baby”: Former Congresswoman Katie Hill Is Ready for Her Next Chapter  —  Hill has been laying low since her congressional career blew up in scandal—now she's expecting her first child, and is plotting for the years ahead.
Kevin Duggan / AM New York:
SEE IT: Video shows maskless cops in Manhattan shove rider out of subway platform for asking them to cover faces  —  Two police shove a rider out the emergency exit at the 8th Street Station in Manhattan.  —  Instead of “serve” and “protect,” these cops shove and eject!
Discussion: Mediaite
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto tests positive for Covid-19  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto has tested positive for Covid-19.  —  Cavuto, who has been public about his health challenges over the years, including a nearly 25-year journey with multiple sclerosis …
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Geneva Sands / CNN:
Homeland Security secretary tests positive for Covid-19
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 …
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Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
White House has weighed tapping National Guard to address mounting supply chain backlog
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
US high court won't block vaccines for Maine health workers  —  PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to block a vaccine requirement imposed on Maine health care workers, the latest defeat for opponents of vaccine mandates.  —  It was the first time the Supreme Court weighed in on a statewide vaccine mandate.
Discussion: Insider, WTOP and Washington Examiner
Rachel Wegner / The Tennessean:
Travis Tritt cancels shows at venues that require COVID-19 vaccines, negative tests, masks  —  Travis Tritt has canceled shows at venues requiring masks, proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative test.  —  The country singer and songwriter announced the move Monday …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Washington Examiner
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Republicans Are Passing Rigged Maps and Democrats Are Running Out of Time to Stop It  —  It took Texas Republicans less than 30 days to pass redistricting maps for Congress and the state legislature that will help them retake the US House in 2022 and entrench control of state politics for the next decade.
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Bolsonaro Should Face Homicide Charges Over Pandemic, Brazil Lawmakers Say  —  A long-awaited report from Brazil's Senate concludes that Jair Bolsonaro purposely let the coronavirus kill Brazilians in a failed bid for herd immunity.  —  BRASÍLIA, Brazil — A Brazilian congressional panel …
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
Meghan McCain Tells All: 'The View's' ‘Toxic Work Environment,’ Why She Really Left and Her Feud With Joy Behar  —  In the 25-year history of “The View,” Meghan McCain is one of the only co-hosts to leave on her own — without being fired.  —  McCain's decision to quit the most-watched show …
Axios:
First look: Trump Republican comes to Rahm's defense  —  One of Donald Trump's staunchest allies, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), will speak out publicly Wednesday in support of one of President Biden's targeted ambassadorial nominees — former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Discussion: Washington Post
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump (yet again) proves there's no bottom  —  (CNN)Roughly 24 hours after the death of Colin Powell, Donald Trump proved, again, that he is utterly incapable of empathy, grace or even common decency.  —  “Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously …
NBC News:
Oklahoma's anti-critical race theory law violates free speech rights, ACLU suit says  —  Teachers fear for their jobs after Oklahoma Gov. bans teaching systemic racism in schools  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — A coalition of civil rights groups sued the state of Oklahoma on Tuesday over a law limiting instruction …
Washington Post:
D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School will be renamed.  Which name is hotly debated.  —  The D.C. Council has introduced a measure that would rename Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest Washington to Jackson Reed High — an unusual objection to the Bowser administration, which proposed renaming the school after playwright August Wilson.
John Sexton / HotAir:
The author of The Handmaid's Tale tweeted a column defending the word ‘woman’ and the woke are outraged  —  Margaret Atwood is the Canadian author whose most famous creation is the dystopian novel “The Handmaid's Tale” about a future American theocracy in which women have no rights.
Discussion: RedState and Mediaite
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin, Sanders to seek deal on Biden agenda  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a key figure in the Democratic negotiations over a major human infrastructure spending package, told Democratic colleagues at lunch Tuesday that he will work with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders …
Discussion: New York Post
Bianca Fortis / ProPublica:
The Trump Administration Used Its Food Aid Program for Political Gain, Congressional Investigators Find  —  The Food to Families program, touted by Ivanka Trump, gave tens of millions of dollars to unqualified firms and was also used to promote then-President Trump.
 
 
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Jason Douglas / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Jacqueline Feldscher / Defense One:
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Discussion: ABC News and Politico
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Christine Hauser / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
JONATHAN TURLEY:
“What Should We Be Doing Differently?”: CNN Conducts Bizarre Interview with Former Clinton Lawyer Marc Elias
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
CNN's John King discloses he is immunocompromised
American Greatness:
The Stupid Money on the Right Rides the Grift Train
Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
‘The limitation of Donald Trump’: Election audit bill fails to pass in Texas Legislature
Discussion: Forbes and The Hill
Leslie Josephs / CNBC:
Southwest drops plan to put unvaccinated staff on unpaid leave starting in December
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Rachel Levine, openly transgender health official, sworn in as four-star admiral in Public Health Service