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David Corn / Mother Jones:
SCOOP: Manchin Tells Associates He's Considering Leaving the Democratic Party and Has an Exit Plan  —  In recent days, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) has told associates that he is considering leaving the Democratic Party if President Joe Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill do not agree to his demand …
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Politico:
Senate Dem operatives privately warn about rough road ahead  —  In a private presentation to allies this week, Senate Democrats' main super PAC offered ominous warnings about the political climate the party faces.  —  President Joe Biden's numbers across Senate battlegrounds have eroded dramatically …
Politico:
Dems edge closer to ditching disarray  —  Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer's strategy to force through Democrats' domestic agenda flamed out spectacularly in September.  They're ready to try it all over again.  —  With their party's long-sought priorities on the line, the speaker …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Koch network spends big to lobby against Biden agenda while supporting other Democratic plans
Vicky Prodeline / Monmouth University Polling …:
GOP Gains in Governor's Race  —  Enthusiasm gap and shift in voter priorities boost Youngkin  —  West Long Branch, NJ - With two weeks to go before Election Day, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are locked in a close battle for governor of Virginia.
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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.
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Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
Democratic Child Care Plan Will Spike Prices for the Middle Class by $13,000  —  Trying to run a child care system using market prices runs into three main problems.  —  For a government, solving these problems is pretty simple.  You can pass a law that mandates higher wages for child care workers …
Discussion: IJR, City Journal and National Review
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New York Times:
Trump Organization, Already Under Indictment, Faces New Criminal Inquiry  —  The investigation, by the Westchester County district attorney's office, increases the legal scrutiny of the former president and his family business.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump's family business …
NBC News:
Brian Laundrie's personal items found in Florida nature reserve, medical examiner called to scene  —  Personal belongings of Brian Laundrie — the fiancé of Gabby Petito who has been missing for over a month — have been found in a Florida nature preserve and a local medical examiner …
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Kate Scanlon / Washington Examiner:
Liz Cheney calls out Kevin McCarthy in Bannon contempt hearing  —  Rep. Liz Cheney on Wednesday called out her onetime House Republican leadership colleague Kevin McCarthy for “attempting to block” the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
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Robert Gonzalez / Arizona Republic:
I urged Republicans to stay. Now, months later, I'm leaving the party. Here's why
Discussion: Raw Story
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Cheney: Bannon's actions suggest Trump was involved in Capitol riot planning
BuzzFeed News:
Leaked Oath Keepers Data Shows At Least 28 Elected Officials Have Ties To The Group  —  Over the past dozen years, at least 28 people who currently hold elected office joined or financially supported the Oath Keepers, the extremist group that figured prominently in the violent Jan. 6 storming …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:   Oath Keepers in the State House: How a Militia Movement Took Root in the Republican Mainstream
David Siders / Politico:
‘Down the rabbit hole’: Arizona GOP goes full fringe  —  Just when it seemed Arizona Republicans couldn't make more of a spectacle, they found another way.  —  As the party hardens around its fealty to former President Donald Trump, the GOP is filling up its midterm ballot with a roster …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Raw Story
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump is Pushing QAnon Candidates Into the GOP Mainstream  —  Trump is backing a number of candidates who've openly pushed QAnon's wildest theories.  By endorsing them, he's mainstreaming the extremist movement.  —  CJ  —  Arizona State Rep. Mark Finchem got a coveted spot warming …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz says he talks every week to Sen. Joe Manchin, who is pushing to cut Biden agenda  — Billionaire Nelson Peltz told CNBC on Wednesday that he talks every week to Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat who is pushing to shrink President Biden's agenda.
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Brian Kahn / Gizmodo:
How Joe Manchin and Republicans Could Destroy the World
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Elena Kadvany / San Francisco Chronicle:
In-N-Out blasts S.F. over vaccine mandate shutdown: ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police’  —  Beloved California burger chain In-N-Out is firing back against San Francisco's vaccine mandate.  The company blasted the city after the Department of Public Health temporarily shut …
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Mayor de Blasio announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all city workers  —  All New York City municipal employees will be required to have the COVID-19 vaccine under a new mandate announced by Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday.  —  The city workers — including firefighters and cops …
Discussion: New York Times
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Soldier with ‘Hitler mustache’ is first to be thrown out of military after Capitol riot charges  —  An Army reservist charged in the Justice Department's sweeping investigation of the U.S. Capitol riot was quietly demoted and discharged earlier this year, becoming the first known service member …
Daily Mail:
REVEALED: Accused rapist who ‘attacked’ woman on SEPTA train in Philadelphia as passengers ‘filmed it’ is an illegal Congolese immigrant with prior convictions for sex abuse and drugs who should have been deported in 2015  — Alleged rapist Fiston Ngoy, 35, has been present in the US illegally since 2015
Grinnell College:
62% of Americans Say Politics, Not Law, Drives Supreme Court Decisions  —  50% Disapprove of Biden's Job Performance, Support From Independents Collapses  —  EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW is the motto of the Supreme Court of the United States, but more than 60% of Americans today believe the decisions …
Stephen Fowler / Georgia Public Broadcasting:
Herschel Walker's Senate run is heavy on Fox News spots and curated, closed-door campaign stops  —  Former University of Georgia football standout Herschel Walker speaks at a rally in Perry, Ga.  —  Herschel Walker has been no stranger to the limelight over the years, but his bid to become …
Washington Post:
White House unveils plans to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11  —  The White House on Wednesday announced its plan to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, pending the vaccine's approval by federal health officials, which the Biden administration anticipates will happen within weeks.
Eric Kleefeld / Media Matters for America:
Fox News hosts admit the network has a strict COVID-19 vaccine and testing policy — while they celebrate job walkouts over such mandates elsewhere  —  Fox News' utter hypocrisy on COVID-19 health policies was on full display Wednesday morning.  In a segment of Fox & Friends hyping the threat …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The early winners and losers of the emerging BBB framework  —  It's early, and things are fluid, but here on Capitol Hill, a framework is emerging for Democrats' Build Back Better plan.  Here's a bit of a scorecard of the winners and losers at this point in time …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Border arrests have soared to highest levels since 1986, new CBP data shows  —  U.S. authorities detained more than 1.7 million migrants along the Mexico border during the 2021 fiscal year that ended in September, and arrests by the Border Patrol soared to the highest levels since 1986 …
William Turton / Bloomberg:
Sinclair Broadcast Hack Linked to Notorious Russian Cybergang  — Evil Corp. said to change names to avoid 2019 U.S. sanctions  — Broadcaster hit with new ransomware strain called Macaw  —  A weekend cyberattack against Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. was linked to one of the most …
Private Banking & Wealth Management:
Close … “Help Wanted”.  We expect semiconductor, vehicle and other goods bottlenecks to resolve themselves in the months ahead, and interpret declining business surveys as the result of a temporary supply shock and not a sign of inadequate demand.  As a result, growth should rebound in 2022 …
Brooke Singman / Fox Business:
Sen. Josh Hawley bill takes aim at supply chain crunch, requiring 50% of value of a good to be produced in US  —  Hawley calls for a ‘bold, new economic agenda that will restore the American heartland’  —  FIRST ON FOX: Republican Sen. Josh Hawley is rolling out a measure amid the supply chain crisis …
Jonathan Larsen / TYT Network:
Fortenberry, a Family Insider, Indicted on Federal Charges  —  Nebraska Congressman Is The Latest Family Member Embroiled in Ethical Scandal … Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), indicted Tuesday on charges of lying to the FBI, has deep connections to The Family, the secretive Christian group …
 
 
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David Zucchino / New York Times:
Female Afghan Judges and Lawyers Now Fear For Their Lives
Discussion: HotAir and Agence France-Presse
Associated Press:
Tiny wrists in cuffs: How police use force against children
Brian Faler / Politico:
Neal pushes back at proposed changes to reconciliation plan
CNBC:
Shelter-in-place lifted after bomb threat locks down Navy base, Walter Reed hospital complex
Discussion: WTOP and Breitbart
Leana Wen / Washington Post:
Finally, an answer for Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients. Here's what I chose.
Discussion: UPI
 Earlier Items: 
Melissa Korn / Wall Street Journal:
Amherst College Drops Admissions Advantage for Children of Alumni
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Hill: Trump reelection would spur ‘one constitutional crisis after another’
Discussion: Insider and Raw Story
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
No, Biden isn't proposing that the IRS spy on bank records
Casey Michel / The Bulwark:
Franklin Graham's Hangouts with Sanctioned Putin Pal
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Robert E. Lee Doesn't Deserve a Statue, But Thomas Jefferson Does
Discussion: HuffPost UK, The Hill and WND
Mark Winne / WSB-TV:
Police say hospital discharged seriously ill man, left him on the street
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Jake Sullivan discussed Saudi-Israel normalization with MBS
Discussion: Insider and The Times of Israel
 

 
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Hugh Langley / Business Insider:
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