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2:00 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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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.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Blue Virginia
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WJLA-TV:
WATCH: 7News goes one-on-one with Virginia gubernatorial candidates McAuliffe and Youngkin
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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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Koch network spends big to lobby against Biden agenda while supporting other Democratic plans
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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David Dayen / American Prospect:   Democrats Abandon Middle Class on Build Back Better Resolution
Brian Kahn / Gizmodo:
How Joe Manchin and Republicans Could Destroy the World
Discussion: Washington Examiner
CNN:
Biden discusses $1.9 trillion top line for economic package and tells Democrats free community college is out
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.
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Leana Wen / Washington Post:
Finally, an answer for Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients. Here's what I chose.
Discussion: UPI
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Small Needles, Short Lines and Few Tears: Biden's Plan to Vaccinate Young Children
Discussion: Boston.com
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 …
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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
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The President Who Wasn't There  —  On the menu today: Up until very recently …
Discussion: HotAir and Washington Examiner
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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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
Discussion: USA Today, Fox News and RedState
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The official website of the City of New York:
Mayor de Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate for New York City Workforce  —  City employees to receive $500 incentive for first dose through next week  —  All City workers, excluding uniformed correction officers, required to have at least one dose by 5pm on October 29th
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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
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 …
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 …
William Turton / Bloomberg:
Sinclair Broadcast Hack Linked to Notorious Russian Cybergang  — Evil Corp. said to change names to avoid 2019 U.S. sanctions  — Broadcaster hit with new ransomware strain called Macaw  —  A weekend cyberattack against Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. was linked to one of the most …
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 …
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: Rolling Stone and Raw Story
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Trump is Pushing QAnon Candidates Into the GOP Mainstream  —  Trump is backing a number of candidates who've openly pushed QAnon's wildest theories.  By endorsing them, he's mainstreaming the extremist movement.  —  CJ  —  Arizona State Rep. Mark Finchem got a coveted spot warming …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
CNBC:
Shelter-in-place lifted after bomb threat locks down Navy base, Walter Reed hospital complex  — A shelter-in-place order was lifted at a U.S. Navy base just outside of Washington, D.C., hours after a bomb threat was made against Walter Reed Medical Center located there.
Discussion: WTOP and Breitbart
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 …
Ryan W. Miller / USA Today:
Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to 17 counts of murder, faces death penalty trial  —  The gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school in 2018 pleaded guilty Wednesday to as many first-degree murder charges, and the legal issues in the case now turn to whether he will be sentenced to death.
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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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
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
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Police say hospital discharged seriously ill man, left him on the street
 Earlier Items: 
Shea Johnson / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Embroiled in controversies, Michele Fiore announces run for governor
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Examiner:
COVID-19 is plummeting in Florida — DeSantis's critics hardest hit
Discussion: The Federalist, Newsweek and Yahoo
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘Coup memo’ think tank encouraging ‘secession-by-sheriff’ with latest project: report
Discussion: Daily Kos
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Jake Sullivan discussed Saudi-Israel normalization with MBS
Discussion: Insider and The Times of Israel
Tablet Magazine:
Lectures From Limousine Liberals
Discussion: HotAir and Instapundit
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
Schiff ‘vehemently’ disagrees with Attorney General Garland's reluctance to pursue Trump