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9:15 AM ET, October 20, 2021

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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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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg will be added to a Facebook privacy lawsuit.
Washington Post:
Biden tells Democrats that package of up to $1.9 trillion should be new target of talks  —  The president met with key party members as they race to secure a pact.  —  President Biden told Democrats during a private meeting Tuesday that he believed they could secure a deal on a new tax …
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Washington Post:   What Biden told lawmakers at the White House
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Schiff ‘vehemently’ disagrees with Attorney General Garland's reluctance to pursue Trump  —  American judge and 86th United States Attorney General  —  In unusually pointed comments about a member of President Biden's Cabinet, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff says he …
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Wall Street Journal:
Jan. 6 Committee Set to Recommend Contempt Charge for Steve Bannon
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix Co-CEO Says He ‘Screwed Up’ When Defending Dave Chappelle Special  —  ‘I should have recognized the fact that a group of our employees was really hurting,’ Ted Sarandos says in interview  —  Netflix Inc. Co-Chief Executive Ted Sarandos said he “screwed up” in his efforts to communicate …
Sam Janney / Twitchy:
Terry McAuliffe's terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad campaign gets WORSE as he flips out during interview, scolds reporter and storms off (watch)  —  Terry McAuliffe's campaign seems to be in a world of hurt right now.  From his recent ad claiming NO NO, he really does think parents …
Discussion: WJLA-TV, HotAir, Townhall and Breitbart
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Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Turns to Legally Dubious Tactics To Boost McAuliffe for Virginia Gov
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and RedState
Politico:
Why Biden's not doing interviews  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.  With Allie Bice.  —  President JOE BIDEN is not doing one-on-one interviews.  —  In the first nine months of his presidency, he has participated in just 10, none since Labor Day.
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
New York City will require all city employees to be vaccinated.  —  New York City will require all city workers to be vaccinated or risk losing their jobs, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday.  Regular testing will not be an option for workers who refuse to get vaccinated, he said.
Discussion: New York Post and Twitchy
Quinnipiac University Poll:
78% Of Republicans Want To See Trump Run For President In 2024, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Americans Now Split On Border Wall As Opposition Softens  — mail_outline  —  Nearly one year after the 2020 presidential election, a majority of Americans (58 - 35 percent) …
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto tests positive for Covid-19  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto has tested positive for Covid-19.  —  Cavuto, who has been public about his health challenges over the years, including a nearly 25-year journey with multiple sclerosis …
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Associated Press:
Fox News' Cavuto tests positive for COVID-19, urges vaccines
Discussion: Variety
New York Times:
Trump's Pentagon Chief Ruled Out Ramping Up Troops at US-Mexico Border  —  Top national security aides to former President Trump also talked him out of launching military raids against drug cartels inside Mexico.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's defense secretary thought the idea was outrageous.
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
White House has weighed tapping National Guard to address mounting supply chain backlog  —  The idea appears unlikely to proceed but underscores extent of administration brainstorming to resolve snags  —  White House officials have explored in recent weeks whether the National Guard …
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Biden in Wonderland  —  No matter how strenuously it insists that down is up and up is down …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Tablet Magazine:
Lectures From Limousine Liberals  —  The same people who sat at home praising essential workers as heroes now repay them with exclusion and sneering condescension
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
Page Six:
Kanye West dons bizarre mask for second Michael Cohen meeting  —  Who was that masked man?  —  Kanye West was spotted meeting again with former Trump fixer Michael Cohen for coffee on the Upper East Side on Tuesday — but this time, West was wearing the same strange prosthetic mask he'd been seen wearing at JFK Airport a day earlier.
Kevin Duggan / AM New York:
SEE IT: Video shows maskless cops in Manhattan shove rider out of subway platform for asking them to cover faces  —  Two police shove a rider out the emergency exit at the 8th Street Station in Manhattan.  —  Instead of “serve” and “protect,” these cops shove and eject!
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Jake Sullivan discussed Saudi-Israel normalization with MBS  —  White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised normalization with Israel during his recent meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, three U.S. and Arab sources tell Axios.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Brazilian Leader Accused of Crimes Against Humanity in Pandemic Response  —  A report from lawmakers initially said Jair Bolsonaro should be charged with mass homicide and genocide, accusing him of letting Covid-19 spread in a failed bid for herd immunity.  —  BRASÍLIA, Brazil …
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Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
“Right Now, All I Want Is a Healthy Baby”: Former Congresswoman Katie Hill Is Ready for Her Next Chapter  —  Hill has been laying low since her congressional career blew up in scandal—now she's expecting her first child, and is plotting for the years ahead.
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Washington Examiner:
COVID-19 is plummeting in Florida — DeSantis's critics hardest hit  —  Late this summer, COVID-19 finally took off in Florida and began ravaging its elderly population, courtesy of the delta variant.  Some people were very pleased about it.  —  Critics of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis were positively gleeful.
Discussion: Yahoo
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘Coup memo’ think tank encouraging ‘secession-by-sheriff’ with latest project: report  —  A right-wing Claremont Institute is undermining law and order and encouraging secession one county at a time.  —  The think tank, where coup memo author John Eastman remains a member in good standing …
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Epstein Said With a Straight Face That He Was a ‘Firm Believer’ in Time's Up  —  IS THAT A JOKE  —  In what can only be described as a death blow to irony, Jeffrey Epstein told Steve Bannon that he supported a charity dedicated to ending sexual harassment.
Washington Post:
Rep. Andy Harris, a doctor, says he's prescribed ivermectin as a covid-19 treatment  —  Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), a practicing anesthesiologist, said he has prescribed ivermectin, a medication typically used to treat parasites in livestock and humans, as a covid-19 treatment …
Discussion: WND
New York Times:
F.B.I. Raids Homes Linked to Russian Oligarch  —  Agents investigating whether Oleg Deripaska violated U.S. sanctions searched homes he has used in New York and Washington, D.C.  —  F.B.I. agents on Tuesday morning searched homes linked to the Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska …
Ryan Hoffman / Omaha World-Herald:
Federal grand jury issues indictment for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry  —  A federal grand jury indictment charged U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry on Tuesday with one count of scheming to falsify and conceal material facts and two counts of making false statements to federal investigators looking into illegal contributions to his 2016 campaign.
Trish Turner / ABC News:
Senate Republicans expected to once again defeat voting rights reform bill  —  The vote will likely increase pressure to change the filibuster rule.  —  Capitol Hill — Senate Republicans are expected to defeat — for the second time this year — a Democratic measure aimed …
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Republicans Are Passing Rigged Maps and Democrats Are Running Out of Time to Stop It  —  It took Texas Republicans less than 30 days to pass redistricting maps for Congress and the state legislature that will help them retake the US House in 2022 and entrench control of state politics for the next decade.
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
China's Bullying Is Becoming a Danger to the World and Itself
Associated Press:
Tiny wrists in cuffs: How police use force against children
Adam Sexton / WMUR:
Georgia lieutenant governor visits NH pitching idea of ‘GOP 2.0’ after fighting Trump on election results
New York Post:
The Post Says: Diss is what the Dems now are
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Pundit
Washington Post:
Haitian gang that kidnapped 17 from missionary group seeks $1 million ransom per person, justice minister says
Discussion: Christian Today, NPR and CNN
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
SEC: GameStop Frenzy ‘Tested the Capacity and Resiliency’ of Stock Market
Financial Times:
Evergrande share trading halt pushes HKEX suspensions to record $61bn
 Earlier Items: 
Axios:
First look: Trump Republican comes to Rahm's defense
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School will be renamed. Which name is hotly debated.
Jason Douglas / Wall Street Journal:
Is Brexit Hurting the U.K. Economy? Trade Data Flashes a Warning
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
What We Learned in the Latest Campaign Cash Reports
Discussion: Raw Story
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
Never Trump ‘Red Dogs,’ Democrats' Litmus Tests Are Not About You
Rachel Wegner / The Tennessean:
Travis Tritt cancels shows at venues that require COVID-19 vaccines, negative tests, masks
Discussion: Washington Examiner and TheBlaze