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8:30 PM ET, October 20, 2021

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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:
‘We are sleepwalking’: 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 …
Politico:
Dems edge closer to ditching disarray
Rasmussen Reports:
Is Biden Up To The Job? Most Voters Not Confident
Discussion: Power Line and Breitbart
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
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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 …
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.
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Leana Wen / Washington Post:
Finally, an answer for Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients. Here's what I chose.
Discussion: Politico and CNBC
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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CNN:
Suspected human remains, items belonging to Brian Laundrie found in Florida park, FBI says  —  (CNN)What appears to be human remains and items belonging to Brian Laundrie, including a backpack, have been found in a nature reserve in North Port, Florida, according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson.
Max Read / Read Max:
Maybe we need a moral panic about Facebook  —  Sorry, I mean Metaverse, Inc.  —  I have a friend who's a journalist who writes about surveillance and tech companies.  Facebook is a frequent subject of his work; like a lot of people who write about the company, he quit both Facebook (the main platform) and Instagram a long time ago.
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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Jim Jordan tells House panel he can't recall how many times he spoke with Trump on Jan. 6  —  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday struggled to answer questions about his communications with then-President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, telling a House panel …
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Jordan Williams / The Hill:
Trump calls Liz Cheney a ‘smug fool’
Robert Gonzalez / Arizona Republic:
I urged Republicans to stay. Now, months later, I'm leaving the party. Here's why
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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David Fahrenthold / Washington Post:   Trump faces new criminal investigation into New York golf club
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 …
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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
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
Dominick Reuter / Insider:
A worker in Florida applied to 60 entry-level jobs in September and got one interview  — Businesses across the US say they are struggling to find employees, especially for hourly work.  — Joey Holz decided to test their claims, submitting two applications a day in September.
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
The $100 Million Plan to Completely Fix Washington  —  In 2017, a Wisconsin dairy scion wrote a Harvard Business School case study applying “industry competitive analysis” to party politics.  The result is a $100 million plan to transform election rules.  Reid Hoffman and one of the Bay …
Washington Post:
The accused spy knew stealth was crucial from his work on submarines.  He surfaced anyway.  —  For years, the aspiring spy had gone to remarkable lengths to protect his identity and evade detection.  —  With a cash-bought burner phone, he created an anonymous email account …
Discussion: Politico and USNI News
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
'I'm Invincible': FBI Arrests Capitol Rioter Who Was ‘Not Too Worried’ He'd Be Charged  —  Landon Mitchell told a Facebook friend he thought the FBI wouldn't get him because he “was masked up the whole time.”  —  On Jan. 6, Landon Mitchell bragged to a Facebook friend that he “breached the Capitol” …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: National Review and City Journal
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
Inaction on climate change imperils millions of lives, doctors say  —  Top medical journal warns that rising temperatures will worsen heat and respiratory illness and spread infectious disease  —  Climate change is set to become the “defining narrative of human health,” …
Discussion: The Verge, Gizmodo and NPR
 
 
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Andrew Solender / Axios:
GOP congressman forfeits committee seats after indictment
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Commander Who Launched Bombings in Kabul Is Now a Police Chief in Charge of Security
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Exxon Debates Abandoning Some of Its Biggest Oil and Gas Projects
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
How Chemical Companies Avoid Paying for Pollution
Emily Birnbaum / Politico:
The tech billionaire aiding the Facebook whistleblower
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Barakat  / Washington Post:
New redistricting committee all but gives up map effort
Discussion: NPR
CNBC:
Shelter-in-place lifted after bomb threat locks down Navy base, Walter Reed hospital complex
Discussion: WTOP and Breitbart
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
No, Biden isn't proposing that the IRS spy on bank records
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Border arrests have soared to highest levels since 1986, new CBP data shows
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 …