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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Cut Programs' Durations to Lower Cost of Social Policy and Climate Plan  —  House Speaker Pelosi sees framework being finalized as soon as the end of this week  —  WASHINGTON—Democrats were piecing together Wednesday a package that looked increasingly likely to fund an array of healthcare …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Report: Sinema Bent on Destroying Biden Presidency to Keep Taxes on the Wealthy Low This sounds extremely bad.  —  News reports this week have portrayed Democrats in Congress as slowly converging on a deal to pass a shrunken version of President Biden's Build Back Better agenda.
Politico:
Dems edge closer to ditching disarray
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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Mark Hand / Burke, VA Patch:
Youngkin Supporter Punches Reporter At Campaign Rally In Burke  —  BURKE, VA — A supporter of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin struck a reporter outside a campaign rally in Burke Tuesday night, leading the journalist to report the incident to a Fairfax County police officer.
Discussion: RedState and Blue Virginia
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Trump calls Liz Cheney a ‘smug fool’  —  Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) a “smug fool” after she pressed the House to back a criminal contempt vote against former White House aide State Bannon.  —  “Low-polling Liz Cheney (19%) …
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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
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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WFLA-TV:
LIVE: Partial human remains found during search for Brian Laundrie, reports say  —  You have been added to Daily News Newsletter … TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Law enforcement officials searching for Brian Laundrie found partial human remains in the Carlton Reserve on Wednesday, according to NBC News.
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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US Food and Drug Administration:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Takes Additional Actions on the Use of a Booster Dose for COVID-19 Vaccines  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action to expand the use of a booster dose for COVID-19 vaccines in eligible populations.
Discussion: WMTV, CBS News, Politico, STAT and KTLA
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Leana Wen / Washington Post:
Finally, an answer for Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients. Here's what I chose.
Discussion: CNBC and UPI
Washington Post:
White House unveils plans to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11
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
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 …
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
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: City Journal and National Review
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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 …
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Karen Townsend / HotAir:
CBP nominee's truth bomb: Yeah, Biden's policies contribute to the border crisis
Discussion: Townhall, Breitbart, YouTube and MSN
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
Washington Post:
White House considers new taxes on billionaires, stock buybacks as higher corporate rate appears to fall out of economic package  —  Senior Biden officials briefed top Democratic lawmakers on a potential shift in the party's tax plans on a private call on Wednesday, as the White House searches …
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Brian Faler / Politico:   Neal pushes back at proposed changes to reconciliation plan
Michael Powell / New York Times:
When M.I.T. Asked Dorian Abbot to Speak, It Invited Criticism  —  Dorian Abbot is a scientist who has opposed aspects of affirmative action.  He is now at the center of an argument over free speech and acceptable discourse.  —  CHICAGO — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology invited …
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Biden's controversial Ed Dept nominee Catherine Lhamon confirmed amid expected Title IX due process rollback  —  Lhamon's nomination spurred warnings from education advocates and former Education Department officials  —  GOP blasts Biden nominee linked to ‘eco-terrorism’
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Democratic Retirements Pile Up as Party Fears Losing Majority
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Matthew Barakat  / Washington Post:
New redistricting committee all but gives up map effort
Discussion: NPR
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The early winners and losers of the emerging BBB framework
CNBC:
Shelter-in-place lifted after bomb threat locks down Navy base, Walter Reed hospital complex
Discussion: WTOP and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Melissa Korn / Wall Street Journal:
Amherst College Drops Admissions Advantage for Children of Alumni
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
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
Mona Charen / The Bulwark:
Robert E. Lee Doesn't Deserve a Statue, But Thomas Jefferson Does
Discussion: HuffPost UK, The Hill and WND
Elena Kadvany / San Francisco Chronicle:
In-N-Out blasts S.F. over vaccine mandate shutdown: ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police’