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12:45 PM 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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CNN:
Biden discusses $1.9 trillion top line for economic package and tells Democrats free community college is out  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden informed House progressives Tuesday afternoon that the final bill to expand the social safety net is expected to drop tuition-free community college …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The President Who Wasn't There  —  On the menu today: Up until very recently, President Biden used an exceptionally light touch in the negotiations on Capitol Hill over the “Build Back Better” legislation — a touch so light, it almost wasn't there.  When you look at the country's worsening problems …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Koch network spends big to lobby against Biden agenda while supporting other Democratic plans  — The libertarian-leaning Koch network spent over $300,000 lobbying Congress to oppose pieces of Joe Biden's agenda while moving to support some Democratic backed bills.
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Democrats Abandon Middle Class on Build Back Better Resolution
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Politico:
Why Biden's not doing interviews
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Republicans Set to Block Voting Bill Again, Raising Stakes on Filibuster
Lexi Lonas / The Hill:
Cheney: Bannon's actions suggest Trump was involved in Capitol riot planning  —  Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Ky.) said late Tuesday that former White House strategist Steve Bannon's refusal to cooperate with the House committee investigating the Capitol riot suggests President Trump was …
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Politico:
Meadows retains top GOP lawyer for Jan. 6 investigation
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Examiner
Wall Street Journal:
Jan. 6 Committee Set to Recommend Contempt Charge for Steve Bannon
WJLA-TV:
WATCH: 7News goes one-on-one with Virginia gubernatorial candidates McAuliffe and Youngkin  —  7News' Nick Minock recently interviewed both of Virginia's gubernatorial candidates.  WJLA 7News DC offered both candidates 20-minute interviews.  In a text message to Nick Minock, Terry McAuliffe's campaign only agreed to 10 minutes.
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Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Turns to Legally Dubious Tactics To Boost McAuliffe for Virginia Gov
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 …
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   China's Bullying Is Becoming a Danger to the World and Itself
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
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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 …
Robert Gonzalez / Arizona Republic:
I urged Republicans to stay.  Now, months later, I'm leaving the party.  Here's why  —  Opinion: I had hoped that decent people working from the inside could save the Republican Party from those who believe the Big Lie.  I was wrong.  —  In February, I wrote an op-ed urging Republicans not to leave the party.
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
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 …
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Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Mayor de Blasio announces COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all city workers
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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 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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Insider and The Times of Israel
Shea Johnson / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Embroiled in controversies, Michele Fiore announces run for governor  —  Las Vegas Councilwoman Michele Fiore said Tuesday she will seek the Republican nomination for governor, casting herself as a champion for conservative values amid a cascade of controversies that figure to be election cycle targets.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Mark Winne / WSB-TV:
Police say hospital discharged seriously ill man, left him on the street  —  CONYERS, Ga. — Police want answers after a local hospital discharged a sick man and left him alone on the sidewalk.  —  Channel 2′s Mark Winne was in Conyers Friday, where someone called 911 after finding …
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: The Federalist and Yahoo
 
 
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James B. Meigs / City Journal:
A Dangerously Seductive Idea
Discussion: HotAir
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 HuffPost
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
‘I Screwed Up’: Netflix's Ted Sarandos Addresses Dave Chappelle Fallout
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Commerce Department announces new rule aimed at stemming sale of hacking tools to Russia and China
Washington Post:
The cowardice of Senate Republicans blocking a qualified Muslim's confirmation
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Adams: ‘I Was Wrong.’ Mayoral Leader Finally Apologizes for Sexist Smear of Whistleblower Cop
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Associated Press:
Fox News' Cavuto tests positive for COVID-19, urges vaccines
Adam Sexton / WMUR:
Georgia lieutenant governor visits NH pitching idea of ‘GOP 2.0’ after fighting Trump on election results
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘Coup memo’ think tank encouraging ‘secession-by-sheriff’ with latest project: report
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Rep. Andy Harris, a doctor, says he's prescribed ivermectin as a covid-19 treatment
Discussion: The Hill and WND
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Schiff ‘vehemently’ disagrees with Attorney General Garland's reluctance to pursue Trump
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