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2:55 PM ET, October 19, 2021

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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.
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 …
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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
Nolan Dorn / KLKN-TV:
Rep. Fortenberry to be indicted for being accused of lying to FBI
Discussion: The Daily Beast and KOLN
Politico:
Biden bets his agenda on the inside game  —  Before Joe Biden can fully pitch the public on his solutions to a lingering pandemic and economic rockiness, he's got to finish the sale to his own party's lawmakers.  —  As Democrats on Capitol Hill brace in anticipation of a brutal midterm …
Discussion: National Review
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Bill Scher / Washington Monthly:
Message to Progressives: Dragging Manchin and Sinema Isn't Working  —  If Bernie Sanders and the left want to move the needle, they'll need more carrots than sticks.  —  Gary Gulman has a fantastic yarn called “Meltdown at Trader Joe's.”  The comedian describes his confrontation …
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Dems' dawning realization: Manchin's serious
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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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Congress is still trying to get Trumpworld to play by its rules
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 …
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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Insider:
Trump says his son Donald Jr. 'couldn't be beaten' if he ran for office in ‘certain places’: book  — Former President Trump says he'd support his son Donald Trump Jr. if he runs for office someday.  — “There are certain places where he couldn't be beaten,” Trump told journalist David Drucker.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Joe.My.God.
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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.
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
McAuliffe sweats: My comments about parents not telling schools what to teach are being taken “out of context”  —  There have been no new public polls of Virginia since Trafalgar's last week but I think the Twitter consensus about this new ad has to be right.
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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.
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.
Taylor Goldenstein / Houston Chronicle:
‘The limitation of Donald Trump’: Election audit bill fails to pass in Texas Legislature  —  Despite unusually heavy lobbying from former President Donald Trump, two elections bills that he pushed Gov. Greg Abbott to enact this fall are all but dead.  —  One would have eased up the process …
Discussion: The Hill and Forbes
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.
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.
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.
Valerie Bauerlein / Wall Street Journal:
Alex Murdaugh Denied Bail in South Carolina  —  Lawyer was arrested last week on charges related to misappropriating insurance settlement money  —  COLUMBIA, S.C.—A state court judge denied bond to former lawyer Alex Murdaugh on Tuesday, saying he wanted an independent psychiatric evaluation …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Rachel Levine, openly transgender health official, sworn in as four-star admiral in Public Health Service  —  The former Pennsylvania health secretary is the sixth four-star admiral in the history of the health corps.  —  A senior Biden health appointee who made history when she became …
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
Passengers held up phones during Philadelphia train rape, police say  —  The passengers who did nothing while a homeless man raped a woman on a commuter train outside Philadelphia may have also recorded the vile attack on their cellphones instead of calling for help, authorities said.
Discussion: HotAir, BBC and Metro.co.uk
Leslie Josephs / CNBC:
Southwest drops plan to put unvaccinated staff on unpaid leave starting in December  — Southwest scrapped a plan to put unvaccinated workers with pending exemptions on unpaid leave after the Dec. 8 deadline.  — Both American and Southwest require their new-hire employees to show proof …
Victoria Law / The Nation:
Rikers Detainees Are Being Transferred From One “Hell Hole” to Another  —  Former and currently incarcerated people denounce Governor Kathy Hochul's decision to transfer detainees as a temporary fix to the ongoing crisis at Rikers.  —  Governor Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that nearly 230 women …
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Trump criticizes media for treating Powell ‘beautifully’ in death  —  Former President Donald Trump lambasted the media on Tuesday for what he said was too favorable coverage of former Secretary of State Colin Powell after his death on Monday.  —  “Wonderful to see Colin Powell …
Samya Kullab / Associated Press:
Taliban promise cash, land, to families of suicide bombers  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have promised plots of land to relatives of suicide bombers who attacked U.S. and Afghan soldiers, in a provocative gesture that seems to run counter to their efforts to court international support.
Discussion: Political Wire
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Trump won big in Utah in 2020.  Activists want an Arizona-style audit anyway.  —  Judiciary Interim Committee hearing to focus on ‘election integrity’ on Wednesday.  —  (Rick Egan |  The Salt Lake Tribune) A voter drops off her ballot at the drop-off location in Lehi, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Out: Brexit.  In: Polexit  —  All during the seemingly endless debate over Brexit, European leaders continued to warn the world of the dangers such a move could pose to the European Union.  If Great Britain can leave, what's to stop other countries from following them out the door?
 
 
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Siena College Research Institute:
Democrats Give Hochul Early Double-Digit Lead
US Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Issues Landmark Proposal to Improve Access to Hearing Aid Technology for Millions of Americans
Discussion: NPR, CBS News, The Hill and Joe.My.God.
Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:
Kushner Cos. Goes Outside the Family to Replace Jared as CEO
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
The Economic Rebound Is Still Waiting for Workers
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Harry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Yellowhammer News
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Aaron Mate / RealClearInvestigations:
Coming Into Focus: Hillary's Secretive, Russiagate-Flogging Pair of Super-Lawyers
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Josh Wingrove / Bloomberg:
New U.S. Travel Rules Bar Foreign Covid Survivors With One Shot
Discussion: HotAir
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
Drew Weisholtz / TODAY.com:
Katie Couric on withholding full anthem quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg interview: ‘I should have included it’
Washington Post:
Russia allows methane leaks at planet's peril
Discussion: Wall Street Journal