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8:30 PM ET, October 21, 2021

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Axios:
Scoop: “How about zero?”  Manchin, Sanders get heated behind closed doors  —  Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) squabbled behind closed doors Wednesday, with Manchin using a raised-fist goose egg to tell his colleague he can live without any of President Biden's social spending plan, Axios has learned.
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Politico:
‘Bulls—’: How a Manchin-Bernie blowup helped unstick Dems' agenda  —  Joe Manchin and Bernie Sanders tangled in a private Democratic meeting this week that helped set the stage for growing progress on President Joe Biden's agenda.  —  As Democratic leadership gathered Monday ahead …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Mastodon's Founder Says Trump's New Social Network Is Just Mastodon  —  ‘Truth Social’, which will launch officially later in the year, is seemingly using Mastodon's codebase without credit.  —  Joseph Cox  —  Former President Donald Trump's new social network ‘Truth Social’ is seemingly …
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
3 reasons why Donald Trump's new social media company is doomed to fail  —  (CNN)Donald Trump is — finally — getting into the social media game.  —  After a series of fits and starts, Trump announced the formation of TRUTH Social on Wednesday night — an effort, he insisted, to “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech.”
New York Times:
How Trump Is Using a SPAC to Bankroll a New Social Media Company  —  A merger with a so-called blank check company is poised to give the former president access to hundreds of millions of dollars.  —  After decades of bankruptcies, loan defaults, business disputes and commercial failures …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Kevin McCarthy or Liz Cheney?  Consultants Forced to Choose  —  The message, delivered by a lobbyist close to the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, has already led one Republican firm to cut ties.  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent Washington lobbyist close to Kevin McCarthy …
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Scott Wong / The Hill:
'You're a joke': Greene clashes with Cheney, Raskin on House floor  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), tangled with two members of the Jan. 6 committee on the House floor Thursday, getting into an impromptu shouting match over Black Lives Matter and a wild conspiracy theory about space lasers starting California wildfires.
Discussion: CNN and Washington Examiner
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member
Discussion: NPR
CNN:
Liberal backlash against Sinema grows on Capitol Hill as potential Arizona challenger emerges  —  (CNN)Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is at the zenith of her influence in Washington, with the ability to dramatically reshape — or derail — President Joe Biden's domestic agenda simply by threatening to point her thumb down.
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New York Times:
Calling Sinema an Obstacle to Progress, 5 Veterans Quit Her Advisory Council  —  The furious members accused the Arizona Democrat of “answering to big donors rather than your own people,” in the latest sign of the political pressure she faces.  —  WASHINGTON — Five veterans tapped …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Adds Two Top Prosecutors to Matt Gaetz Case  —  The move by the department is a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the sex trafficking investigation into Representative Gaetz, a close ally of Donald Trump.  —  The Justice Department has added two top prosecutors …
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Prosecutors: Clark County man touted in Republican election fraud allegations voted his dead wife's ballot  —  A man who once described a ballot being cast in his dead wife's name as “sickening” and was cited by the Nevada Republican Party last November as evidence that massive voter fraud swayed …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jacob Fenston / DCist:
This Is What Climate Change Will Look Like In D.C.  —  The Lincoln Memorial, on an island surrounded by churning Potomac waters; Nationals Park, a bathtub surrounded by mid-rise office buildings flooded by the Anacostia River; the Pentagon, accessible by boat, with State Route 110 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway underwater.
Discussion: Twitchy
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Photos inside Rikers Island expose hellish, deadly conditions  —  Dozens of men crammed together for days in temporary holding cells amid a pandemic.  Filthy floors sullied with rotten food, maggots, urine, feces and blood.  Plastic sheets for blankets, cardboard boxes for beds and bags that substituted for toilets.
Lauren McGaughy / Dallas Morning News:
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has paid his first voter fraud bounty.  It went to an unexpected recipient  —  Patrick, a Republican, promised to pay $25,000 to any tipster who came forward with evidence of real voter fraud.  He cut his first check this week.  —  AUSTIN — Nearly a year …
Caroline Downey / National Review:
NIH Admits to Funding Gain-of-Function Research in Wuhan, Says EcoHealth Violated Reporting Requirements  —  A top NIH official admitted in a Wednesday letter that U.S. taxpayers funded gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan and revealed that EcoHealth Alliance …
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James Barragán / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott's pick for top Texas election post worked with Trump to fight 2020 results  —  As secretary of state, Fort Worth attorney John Scott would oversee election administration in Texas.  —  Copy link  —  Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday appointed John Scott …
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas governor appoints former Trump lawyer who challenged 2020 results to be Secretary of State
Insider:
At informal ‘bitching’ dinners, Pete Buttigieg donors are chattering about prodding him to run against Kamala Harris in 2024 if Biden backs out  — Democrats publicly insist that Joe Biden will run again in 2024.  — But privately, some Democratic donors are preparing for a post-Biden campaign.
Discussion: The Daily Wire and Twitchy
Arek Sarkissian / Politico:
DeSantis calls for special Florida legislative session to fight Biden's vaccine mandate  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday called for a special legislative session to block the Biden administration's vaccine mandates, taking the most aggressive action yet in his ongoing fight with the White House over Covid restrictions.
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Michael Hobbes / Confirm My Choices:
The Methods of Moral Panic Journalism  —  Scare stories on “left-wing illiberalism” display a familiar pattern.  —  During the 1990s, the media convinced Americans that frivolous lawsuits were out of control.  —  The canonical example was the 1994 “McDonald's hot coffee” case.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Tess Owen / VICE:
Capitol Rioters in Jail's ‘Patriot Wing’ Have Their Own Rituals and a Growing Fan Base  —  Experts worry that a lack of de-radicalization efforts in jail could mean inmates falling further into the narrative that led to the January 6 violence in the first place.  —  TO
Discussion: Raw Story
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN defends Joe Rogan treatment in fiery statement  —  Podcaster Joe Rogan's three-hour interview with CNN's Sanjay Gupta last week was an amicable affair, though it got a bit tense when the topic turned to the network's coverage of Rogan's recent bout with covid.  “It's a lie.
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite and Forbes
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
A Judge Said It Was “Offensive” That A Man Who Threatened Democrats And “Tech Execs” On Jan. 6 Claimed To Be A Victim Of Racism  —  WASHINGTON — A Texas man who posted on the social network Parler on Jan. 6 urging supporters of former president Donald Trump to “go hunting” for Democrats …
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Law & Crime
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Knew About Letter That Compared Parents to Domestic Terrorists  —  The country's largest school board association collaborated with the Biden White House before sending a controversial letter calling on the FBI to investigate parents as potential domestic terrorists, according to previously unreported emails.
Rudy Chinchilla / NBC10 Philadelphia:
No Proof Anyone ‘Callously’ Took Video of Rape on SEPTA Train, DA Says  —  “That is simply not true.  It did not happen.  We have security video from SEPTA that shows that is not the true narrative,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Hill
Tom LoBianco / Vanity Fair:
“He's Making Real Money for the First Time in His Life”: Mike Pence Is Already Cashing In on His Potential 2024 Run  —  The former veep and his wife are living their best lives: traveling widely, making bank on the speaking circuit, and residing in one of Indiana's toniest suburbs.
Discussion: Raw Story
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Biden: Jan. 6 Capitol riot “was about white supremacy”  —  President Biden said Thursday that white supremacy motivated rioters who carried out the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.  —  Driving the news: “The violent, deadly insurrection on the Capitol nine months ago …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
GOP Candidate for CA Sec. of State Claims She Inspired Witch's Murder  —  Rachel Hamm, a candidate for Secretary of State in California, has the backing of major figures in Trumpworld.  She also had a Satanist sacrifice a raven on her lawn.  —  In her bid to be California's Secretary of State …
Zaid Jilani / INQUIRE:
Buffalo Might Elect a Mayor Who Thinks Police Came from Slave Patrols  —  Internet misinformation is endorsed by a Buffalo mayoral candidate.  —  In a couple weeks, Buffalo may elect the first openly socialist mayor of a city of that size in generations.  —  India Walton, a nurse …
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
How Many Users Does Facebook Have?  The Company Struggles to Figure It Out  —  Internal research finds that new users with multiple accounts are undercounted, ‘very prevalent’; some are unintentional  —  Facebook Inc. is struggling to detect and deal with users' creating multiple accounts …
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Michigan Republicans Are Quietly Replacing Officials Who Certify Vote Totals  —  Like lots of other rank-and-file Republicans, Robert Boyd has his doubts about the integrity of the last election, particularly in his home state of Michigan — and particularly in Detroit's TCF center …
Meghan Faulkner / CREW:
USPS mismanaged DeJoy's conflicts of interest and tried to cover it up … The United States Postal Service seriously mismanaged Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's conflicts of interest from the start, according to documents obtained by CREW via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Discussion: Forbes
Emma Colton / Fox News:
New Jersey governor's race: How to vote  —  The New Jersey gubernatorial election will be held on Nov. 2  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for October 21  —  The New Jersey gubernatorial election is less than two weeks away, and the Garden State offers three voting options for registered voters.
Pfizer:
Pfizer and BioNTech Announce Phase 3 Trial Data Showing High Efficacy of a Booster Dose of Their COVID-19 Vaccine  — First results from any randomized, controlled COVID-19 vaccine booster trial demonstrate a relative vaccine efficacy of 95.6% against disease during a period when Delta was the prevalent strain
Discussion: CBS Boston and CBS News
 
 
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Travis Tritt cancels shows with vaccination and mask mandates that are ‘trying to shame people’
Nature:
Rather than inducing psychological reactance, requiring vaccination strengthens intentions to vaccinate in US populations
New York Post:
Senate candidates J.D. Vance and Blake Masters: We must stop Facebook from election meddling
Sarah D. / Twitchy:
Matthew Dowd thinks ‘you might want to reassess your perspective’ if you're more outraged over rising food prices than our dying democracy
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Lauren Gardner / Politico:
CDC advisers endorse Moderna, J&J boosters plus mix-and-match strategy
Mengqi Sun / Wall Street Journal:
CFTC Issues Its Largest Whistleblower Award, of Nearly $200 Million
Anna Kramer / Protocol:
Twitter's own research shows that it's a megaphone for the right. But it's complicated.
Representative Ilhan Omar:
Reps Omar, Schakowsky Introduce Combating Global Islamophobia Bill
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Examiner and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Kim Ghattas / The Atlantic:
What the Loss of Freedom Feels Like
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Superman will no longer champion ‘the American way.’ It's sad, but our nation deserves it.
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
White House, intelligence agencies, Pentagon issue reports warning climate change threatens global security
Discussion: Politico and NBC News
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
as Sharks Hunt Again
Washington Post:
Bannon only one of 19 not cooperating with Jan. 6 panel
David Brock / New York Times:
I Was Wrong About Donald Trump
Discussion: First Draft and CNN