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10:35 AM ET, October 21, 2021

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Washington Post:
Bannon only one of 19 not cooperating with Jan. 6 panel  —  Rise and shine, Early Birds!  T-minus 12 hours until “Dune” lands on a screen near you.  Tips, comments, dad jokes?  We're all ears (no spoilers!): earlytips@washpost.com.  —  On the Hill  —  All the committee's subpoenas …
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Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Voters Want Biden's Big Spending Deal—and They're Getting Impatient
Discussion: Salon
David Corn / Mother Jones:
SCOOP: Manchin Tells Associates He's Considering Leaving the Democratic Party and Has an Exit Plan
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Cut Programs' Durations to Lower Cost of Social Policy and Climate Plan
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Report: Sinema Bent on Destroying Biden Presidency to Keep Taxes on the Wealthy Low This sounds extremely bad.
Politico:
‘We are sleepwalking’: Senate Dem operatives privately warn about rough road ahead
New York Times:
Stymied Before, Trump Finds Backing for His Own Media Venture  —  A merger could give the former president access to nearly $300 million in cash — and perhaps a new platform.  —  Former President Donald J. Trump said on Wednesday that he had lined up the investment money to create …
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Trump's New Social Media Site Plans to Raise Money With Shell Company Scheme  —  The new company is supposedly “valued” at $1.7 billion, according to Trump.  —  Alerts  —  Former President Donald Trump, a white supremacist who barely knows how to use a computer, announced late Wednesday …
David Brock / New York Times:
I Was Wrong About Donald Trump  —  Mr. Brock led one of the largest Democratic super PACs dedicated to defeating Donald Trump in the 2020 election.  Before he became a Democrat, he worked for The Washington Times and the Heritage Foundation.  —  Like most Democrats, I initially underestimated Donald Trump.
Discussion: CNN
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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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Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Biden's support fading fast, as CNBC survey finds concerns on the economy, Covid and inflation  — Just 41% of the public approve of President Joe Biden's job performance, compared to 52% who disapprove, according to the CNBC All-America Economic Survey.  — Fifty percent now approve …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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 …
New York Post:
Making kids wear masks in school is torture, not safety  —  How long will we continue to torture kids?  —  And let's be clear: Forcing them to wear masks all day in school, sometimes at recess, is torture.  Saying that even vaccinated kids must continue to wear masks in school …
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Washington Post:
China wipes Boston Celtics from NBA broadcasts after Enes Kanter slams Tibet abuses  —  The Boston Celtics are facing blowback in China after center Enes Kanter posted a video voicing his support for Tibetan independence.  —  The reaction was swift.  Chinese video-streaming giant Tencent cut …
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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 …
Spencer Klavan / The American Mind:
Jen Psaki Hates You  —  The White House press secretary is a perfect representative of our spiteful ruling class.  —  Let us now praise Jennifer Rene Psaki—English major, sorority girl, mother of two.  Let us praise her seemingly endless supply of monochrome crew-neck blouses and pencil skirts …
Troy Closson / New York Times:
Unmasked NYPD Officers Remove Subway Rider After He Confronts Them  —  Andrew Gilbert said he repeatedly asked two officers to wear masks in accordance with M.T.A. and Police Department policy.  He was eventually pushed out of the station.  —  A New York City police officer grabs a male commuter …
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
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 …
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz's Fundraising Craters as He Finally Shuns Spotlight  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has finally started to keep his mouth shut.  Turns out, that strategy has consequences.  —  As Rep. Matt Gaetz gears up for potential charges to drop, the Florida Republican has gotten much quieter …
Discussion: Raw Story
BBC:
COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report  —  A huge leak of documents seen by BBC News shows how countries are trying to change a crucial scientific report on how to tackle climate change.  —  The leak reveals Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia …
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
as Sharks Hunt Again  —  Nina Lanctot sprinted toward a calamity she had long ago foretold.  It was mid-September 2018.  Moments earlier, Lanctot, an ocean lifeguard and former collegiate swimmer, was eating lunch in the parking lot at Newcomb Hollow, a beach in the town of Wellfleet on Outer Cape Cod.
WWBT-TV:
RPS closing additional days first week of November for employees' mental health  —  By NBC12 Newsroom  —  RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - In an RPS Direct update on Wednesday evening, Superintendent Jason Kamras said the division will be closing school additional days the first week of November to help with employees' mental health.
Discussion: National Review and WRIC-TV
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Biden Has Lost Support Across All Groups Of Americans — But Especially Independents And Hispanics  —  Over his first nine months in office, President Biden has lost support among Americans of all stripes — men and women, Black voters and white voters, Zoomers and Baby Boomers.
Discussion: Ann Coulter and The Daily Wire
Natalie Shure / New Republic:
With “Havana Syndrome,” Washington Is Repeating Colin Powell's Worst Mistake … The passing of former Secretary of State Colin Powell has provided the occasion for reflection on the man's most consequential act, which also happened to be his most shameful one: his February 2003 speech at the United Nations …
Discussion: Puck and Washington Post
Variety:
Netflix Employee Walkout Grows Tense as Trans Rights Protesters Clash With Dave Chappelle Supporters  —  Hundreds of Netflix employees and supporters gathered in the shadow of the streaming giant's Los Angeles headquarters on Wednesday to protest Dave Chappelle's standup special “The Closer.”
Ross Barkan / New York Magazine:
Will Buffalo Elect a Socialist Mayor?  It depends on the success of the incumbent's extremely unusual write-in campaign.  —  In October, Byron Brown emerged in the converted post office that had become his campaign headquarters, grinning and shaking hands.  In a dark-blue suit and dark-blue tie …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Amazon Warehouse Workers in New York City to File For Union Election  —  More than 2,000 workers at New York City's largest Amazon warehouse have signed union authorization cards to join Amazon Labor Union.  —  Lauren Kaori Gurley  —  Amazon warehouse workers at New York City's largest Amazon warehouse …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobless claims fall again as enhanced pandemic benefits fade away  — First-time filings for jobless claims totaled 290,000 for the week ended Oct. 16.  — That was down 6,000 from the previous week and below the 300,000 Dow Jones estimate.  — Continuing claims also dropped to a new pandemic low, falling to 2.48 million.
Gabby Deutch / Jewish Insider:
Sunrise Movement's DC chapter boycotts event due to ‘participation of Zionist organizations’  —  None of the members of Congress endorsed by the Sunrise Movement responded to questions regarding the decision by the group's Washington arm to pull out of a voting rights rally because of the involvement of progressive Jewish groups
NBC News:
New documents detail conflicts of interest DeJoy faced as post office head  —  New documents detail more than a dozen conflicts of interest Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced because of his and his family's investments in a number of companies closely tied to the U.S. Postal Service.
Discussion: Political Wire
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Prioritizing Climate in Foreign Policy and National Security  —  From Day One, the Biden-Harris Administration has prioritized addressing the climate crisis both at home and as a core element of our national security and foreign policy.  The climate crisis is reshaping our physical world …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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American Prospect:
Who's Really Running Justice?
Discussion: The Federalist
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
How Will Blue America Live With Covid?
Baltimore Sun:
Dear Mr. President, Baltimore needs you now
Howard Schneider / Reuters:
Boston Fed will not release documents on its former president's trades
Athena Ankrah / Arizona Republic:
ASU police: 4 should get misdemeanor charges after activists confront Sinema in bathroom
Caroline Bleakley / KLAS:
Las Vegas Councilwoman Michele Fiore announces run for governor
Wall Street Journal:
Your Cheat Sheet to the U.N. Climate Conference in Glasgow
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Activist dad of school shooting victim joins anti-gun group
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Woman arrested on allegations she threatened judge in Georgia ballot case
Discussion: HotAir
Andrew Solender / Axios:
GOP congressman forfeits committee seats after indictment
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Moderna and J&J Covid-19 Boosters, Mixing and Matching Authorized by the FDA
Theodore Schleifer / Puck:
The $100 Million Plan to Completely Fix Washington
CNN:
Suspected human remains and items belonging to Brian Laundrie found in Florida park, FBI says