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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
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: CNBC
Washington Post:
White House unveils plans to roll out coronavirus vaccines for children ages 5 to 11
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.
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
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
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
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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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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Arno Rosenfeld / The Forward:
Environmental group boycotts voting rights rally over inclusion of Zionist groups  —  The D.C. chapter of the environmentalist Sunrise Movement is declining to participate in a voting rights rally in Washington because three pro-Israel Jewish groups are included: the Jewish Council on Public Affairs …
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 …
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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Exxon Debates Abandoning Some of Its Biggest Oil and Gas Projects
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New York Times:
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Emily Birnbaum / Politico:
The tech billionaire aiding the Facebook whistleblower
Houston Keene / Fox News:
Biden's controversial Ed Dept nominee Catherine Lhamon confirmed amid expected Title IX due process rollback
Matthew Barakat  / Washington Post:
New redistricting committee all but gives up map effort
Discussion: NPR
Politico:
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 Earlier Items: 
CNBC:
Shelter-in-place lifted after bomb threat locks down Navy base, Walter Reed hospital complex
Discussion: WTOP and Breitbart
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
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 …
Elena Kadvany / San Francisco Chronicle:
In-N-Out blasts S.F. over vaccine mandate shutdown: ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police’