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11:20 AM ET, October 21, 2021


 Top Items: 
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!):  —  On the Hill  —  All the committee's subpoenas …
Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Voters Want Biden's Big Spending Deal—and They're Getting Impatient  —  Party lawmakers are still negotiating the scale of President Biden's ambitious social-policy and climate package, while time and voter tolerance run short  —  Democrats in Washington remain divided over the scope …
Discussion: Salon
Steve Clemons / The Hill:
Manchin says he's not leaving Democrats  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in an exclusive interview with The Hill on Thursday said he has no plan to leave the Democratic Party and has not threatened to do so.  —  “What he reported is simply untrue.”  Manchin told The Hill in response to questions …
Discussion: Trending Politics
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
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 …
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 …
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
NIH Contradicts Fauci, Admits Funding Gain-of-Function Research at Wuhan Lab
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 …
Washington Post:
White House, intelligence agencies, Pentagon issue reports warning climate change threatens global security  —  As the United States and nations around the world struggle to blunt the effects of rising temperatures and extreme weather, sweeping assessments released Thursday by the White House …
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Prioritizing Climate in Foreign Policy and National Security
Discussion: CNN
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
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.
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
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 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 …
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 …
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
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
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei paid Tony Podesta $500,000 to lobby the White House  — Huawei, the Chinese tech giant that is on a U.S. trade blacklist, paid veteran Democratic lobbyist and donor Tony Podesta $500,000 to lobby the White House during the July-September quarter.
AFT Voices:
Student stories of pandemic trauma  —  What does COVID-19-related trauma look like to the young people in our classrooms?  High school psychology teacher Jim Arey knows firsthand.  —  Last year, he used class lessons about the central nervous system to explore the effect stress has on young bodies and minds.
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Virginia GOP Candidate Glenn Youngkin Financed a PAC That Supports 2020 Deniers and 1/6 Apologists  —  Fight disinformation.  Get a daily recap of the facts that matter.  Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.  —  When Glenn Youngkin was running for the Republican nomination …
Discussion: VA Scope and Real Clear Politics
Todd Bensman /
In Historic United States First, National Guard Soldiers Start Arresting Illegal Migrants on the U.S.-Mexico Border  —  AUSTIN, Texas — In a dive into new political and legal water, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has initiated the first-ever border security operations in which thousands …
Discussion: The Federalist and Page Array
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Tariro Mzezewa / New York Times:
Ashley M. Jones Is Named Poet Laureate in Alabama
The College Fix:
University of Michigan drops investigation into professor for showing movie with blackface
Discussion: The Daily Wire
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobless claims fall again as enhanced pandemic benefits fade away
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Amazon Warehouse Workers in New York City to File For Union Election
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
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline Bleakley / KLAS:
Las Vegas Councilwoman Michele Fiore announces run for governor
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Activist dad of school shooting victim joins anti-gun group
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Woman arrested on allegations she threatened judge in Georgia ballot case
Discussion: HotAir
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
Suspected human remains and items belonging to Brian Laundrie found in Florida park, FBI says