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11:30 AM ET, October 19, 2021

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Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Congressman says he expects to be indicted  —  Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) told supporters on Tuesday he expects to be indicted on allegations he lied to federal investigators.  —  Driving the news: In a video uploaded to YouTube, the congressman sat with his wife and dog in a vintage pickup truck …
Discussion: Insider and POLITICUSUSA
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Paul Hammel / Omaha World-Herald:
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry expects to be indicted for lying to FBI but says charge is false
Discussion: The Hill, MyNorthwest.com and Raw Story
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall:
Colin Powell and the Crisis of the Boomer Elite  —  You need to understand that in a society where religion has gone out of fashion, the elite has to canonize secular saints as examples for the people it proposes to rule.  The elite needs a quasi-religious justification to feel superior …
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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
'Don't feel sorry for me,' Powell said as the end approached  —  As death approached, Colin L. Powell was still in fighting form.  —  “I've got multiple myeloma cancer, and I've got Parkinson's disease.  But otherwise I'm fine,” he said in a July interview.  —  And he rejected expressions of sorrow at his condition.
Spencer Ackerman / Forever Wars:
The Only Man Who Could Have Stopped The Iraq War Is Dead
Greg Mitchell / Between Rock and a Hard Place:
Why Colin Powell's Iraq Speech at the U.N. Was So Crucial (and Bad)
Discussion: Eschaton
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
What is Tommy Tuberville doing here? … Tommy Tuberville had a decision to make.  So did the other Republican senators huddling with him in the storage closet.  —  It was Jan. 6, right-wing rioters were ransacking the U.S. Capitol, but these lawmakers were already in a secured part …
Select Committee to Investigate …:
Thompson & Cheney Statement on the Former President's Lawsuit  —  Washington—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) today made the following statement:  —  “The former President's clear objective is to stop the Select Committee from getting to the facts …
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Justin Klawans / Newsweek:
Psaki Says Trump ‘Incited Insurrection,’ Pressured DOJ to ‘Propagate Lies’
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Politico:
Trump sues Jan. 6 committee, National Archives
New York Post:
Midnight runs: Biden secretly flying underage migrants into NY in dead of night  —  Planeloads of underage migrants are being flown secretly into suburban New York in an effort by President Biden's administration to quietly resettle them across the region, The Post has learned.
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New York Post:   Biden playing a deadly game using secret flights to move migrants
The Bulwark:
Steve Bannon Out in the Open  —  The erstwhile Trump adviser is refusing to talk to the Jan. 6 committee, but most of his energetic anti-democratic activities are in plain sight.  —  The House committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol is expected to vote today …
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Josh Chafetz / NBC News:
Steve Bannon's House subpoena defiance should end in prosecution
Discussion: CNBC, Reason, CNN, The Guardian and The Hill
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Democratic Party chair reports lynching threat after writing op-ed critical of Donald Trump  —  Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn received multiple threats, including one of lynching, after he penned an opinion piece critical of former President Donald Trump, he told the Des Moines Register.
Discussion: VICE and Raw Story
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Everyone Is Reading Too Much Into Virginia's Race for Governor … For a political press hopelessly addicted to speculation about the next big election, there are precious few data points to obsess over during the first year of a president's term.  New York City elects a mayor during this off-off-year …
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Rob Crilly / Daily Mail:   REVEALED: Virginia's Democratic Governor candidate Terry McAuliffe received $200,000 in donations from private equity billionaire Ron Burkle - who owns a plane known as the ‘f*** jet’
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
McAuliffe rolls out ad invoking Charlottesville riots in latest effort to tie Youngkin to Trump
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
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 …
Discussion: The Right Scoop, Twitchy and Townhall
Julie Ray / Gallup:
U.S. Ratings at Record Low as Trump Exited, Rally Under Biden  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Six months into Joe Biden's presidency, approval ratings of U.S. leadership around the world had largely rebounded from the record-low ratings observed during the Trump administration.
Joe Otterson / Variety:
‘History of the World Part II’ Variety Series Ordered at Hulu, Mel Brooks to Write and Executive Produce (EXCLUSIVE) … “History of the World, Part I” is finally getting a Part II, with Hulu ordering a variety series followup to the classic Mel Brooks comedy film, Variety has learned exclusively.
The HighWire:
San Francisco Closes In-N-Out Burger After Defying City's Vaccine Rule … In-N-Out Burger's Chief Legal and Business Officer, Arnie Wensinger, is set to release a statement after the San Francisco Department of Health closed one of the Top California Burger Restaurant's locations.
Drew Weisholtz / TODAY.com:
Katie Couric on withholding full anthem quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg interview: ‘I should have included it’  —  Former TODAY co-anchor Katie Couric is opening up about omitting some comments made by late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about kneeling during the national anthem …
David Dayen / American Prospect:
What If Build Back Better Builds Back Worse?  —  Joe Manchin's prescriptions for the Biden bill in some cases even fall short of the status quo.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin's “red line” demands on infrastructure are threatening to effectively neuter President Biden's signature legislation.
Insider:
Rep. Mo Brooks is one of Congress' most vocal opponents of COVID-19 vaccine mandates — and he just violated a federal conflict-of-interest law on a Pfizer stock sale  — Rep. Mo Brooks sold up to $50,000 in Pfizer stock.  — The Alabama Republican has criticized Pfizer as political and opposed COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Conservative pundit Dan Bongino threatens to quit radio giant over vaccination mandate  —  'I don't see this going forward as a workable arrangement,' Bongino said of his radio distributor's vaccination requirement  —  In late May, the massively influential radio network Westwood One debuted …
Chuck Culpepper / Washington Post:
Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich fired after failing to comply with vaccine mandate  —  In perhaps the most striking case to date of a public employee being terminated because of a coronavirus vaccine mandate, Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich was dismissed Monday …
Washington Post:
Russia allows methane leaks at planet's peril  —  On the morning of Friday, June 4, an underground gas pipeline running through the ancient state of Tatarstan sprang a leak.  And not a small one.  —  In a different era, the massive leak might have gone unnoticed.  —  Blank slide
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Meghan McCain / Variety:
Meghan McCain Reveals Why She Quit ‘The View’ (EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXCERPT) … On July 1, 2021, I announced live on air that I was leaving “The View” after four years.  My co-hosts learned about my decision that morning, and the shock registered on their faces.  I'd been talking to ABC's higher-ups for weeks about wanting to leave.
Discussion: TheBlaze, Rolling Stone and Page Six
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Trump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024  —  Former President Trump blasted Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on Monday after the senator said in an interview he would not vote for the real estate mogul if he ran for president again in 2024.
C. Ryan Barber / Insider:
Senate Republicans have put a ‘hold’ on Biden's pick to oversee the January 6 prosecutions  — Senate Republicans have put a “hold” on Biden's pick for US attorney in Washington, DC.  — Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton confirmed the block on the nominee but declined to provide details.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Democrats to scale back Treasury's IRS bank reporting plan amid GOP uproar  —  Business groups and Republicans had blasted the White House proposal alleging government overreach.  —  Senate Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a scaled-back version of a Biden administration proposal to crack …
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg and The Hill
Elisha Sauers / Virginian-Pilot:
Gov. Northam, leader of Virginia's fight against pandemic, has had ‘long COVID’ for a year  —  RICHMOND — At first, the positive results from Gov. Ralph Northam's COVID-19 test were the only indication he had been infected.  It wasn't until a couple of days later that the symptoms erupted …
Discussion: The Guardian
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Rachel Levine, openly transgender health official, to be sworn in as four-star admiral in Public Health Service  —  The former Pennsylvania health secretary will be the sixth four-star admiral in the history of the health corps.  —  A senior Biden health appointee who made history when she became …
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
JOE ROGAN DESTROYSSSSSS CNN YOU WONT BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT  —  (We all lose) … The Least Productive Conversation  —  Today, I want to talk about a way that our media ecosystems can take even relatively boring exchanges and turn them into internet chum that helps basically nobody.
Associated Press:
Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps bolstering GOP  —  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans approved redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation's largest red state.
 
 
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Gary Fineout / Politico:
Race for Hastings' Florida seat turns into 11-candidate pileup
J.D. Capelouto / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta could appoint a ‘night mayor’ dedicated to after-hours life, economy
Washington Post:
Emanuel touts support among Black leaders ahead of confirmation hearing for ambassador job. But senators have questions.
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
Republican ‘election audits’ have been used before — by dictators
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