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2:25 PM ET, October 21, 2021

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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 …
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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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Democrats Have Two Long-Shot Plans to Deal With Kyrsten Sinema Hail Mary time.  —  Kyrsten Sinema has derailed President Biden's domestic agenda by opposing the major revenue-increasing provisions that finance it.  Democrats are working on two strategies to deal with her objections.
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, HotAir, National Review and Jacobin
Steve Clemons / The Hill:
Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave 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.”
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Kyrsten Sinema's Own Advisers Just Dumped Her
Discussion: New York Times
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:   Sinema advisers resign, calling her an obstacle to progress
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Five military veterans advising Sen. Sinema resign, calling her one of the ‘principal obstacles to progress’
Discussion: Mercury News
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Pranksters have already defaced Trump's new social network  —  Truth Social has some unusual rules for a Trump-run site: It reserves the right to ban users and safeguard itself from lawsuits with Section 230 protections.  It also prohibits ‘excessive use of capital letters.’
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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 …
CNBC:
Shares of Trump-linked SPAC surge 400% following news of social media deal
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
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 …
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
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
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 …
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Biden's support is fading as concerns over the economy and Covid grow, CNBC survey finds  — Just 41% of the public approve of President Joe Biden's job performance, compared with 52% who disapprove, according to the CNBC All-America Economic Survey.  — Fifty percent now approve …
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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Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Celtics Games Are Pulled in China After Enes Kanter's Pro-Tibet Posts
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Superman will no longer champion ‘the American way.’ It's sad, but our nation deserves it.  —  If you were a country aspiring to democracy or an effective COVID response, would you emulate America?  We are not living our best national life.  —  The Superman family is making a lot of news lately.
Discussion: Fox News
Arek Sarkissian / Politico:
DeSantis calls for special Florida legislative session to fight Biden's vaccine mandate  —  “We have an opportunity here to take additional action, and I think we have to do it,” said DeSantis.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday called for a special legislative session to block the Biden administration's vaccine mandates.
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
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.
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 …
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Joint Statement from the United States, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Regarding a Compromise on a Transitional Approach to Existing Unilateral Measures During the Interim Period Before Pillar 1 is in Effect  — On October 8, 2021, the United States, Austria, France …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit and MacIver Institute
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: Defector, Puck and Washington Post
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: Forbes, Raw Story and Political Wire
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: Bipartisan Report and Raw Story
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
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 …
Chuck Ross / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Knew About Letter That Compared Parents to Domestic Terrorists  —  National School Board Association collaborated with Biden administration, emails show  —  The country's largest school board association collaborated with the Biden White House before sending a controversial letter calling …
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
How Republicans Are Weaponizing Critical Race Theory Ahead of Midterms  —  Republicans hope that concerns about critical race theory can help them in the midterm elections.  The issue has torn apart one Wisconsin suburb.  —  Little more than a year ago, Scarlett Johnson was a stay-at-home mother …
Michael Luciano / Mediaite:
‘You Are WEAK!’  Don Lemon ERUPTS on Biden, Democrats: 'It's Not Our Job to Sell Your Agenda for You!'  —  Senate Republicans blocked debate on the Freedom to Vote act on Wednesday.  The bill would address some of the voting restrictions many Republicans states have enacted since the 2020 election.
Discussion: TheGrio
Benjamin Oreskes / Los Angeles Times:
Using new law, L.A. City Council bans homeless encampments at 54 spots  —  The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a ban on camping at certain locations, in the first use of new laws that passed over the summer.  —  In a 12-2 vote, the council outlawed sitting, sleeping and lying at 54 locations in three of its districts.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
 
 
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Politico:
Facebook lobbying surges to $5M amid whistleblower uproar
Washington Post:
FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE  —  Where civilization emerged between the Tigris and Euphrates …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Smearing Popularism Does Not Help Black Voters
Discussion: The Federalist and Newsweek
Josh Robin / Spectrum News NY1:
Former Majority Leader Trent Lott to Senators: 'For God's sake, talk to each other'
Discussion: Raw Story and Bipartisan Report
Joe Lieberman / The Hill:
Beware the tea party of the left
Discussion: The Daily Poster
Todd Bensman / CIS.org:
In Historic United States First, National Guard Soldiers Start Arresting Illegal Migrants on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Discussion: The Federalist and Page Array
 Earlier Items: 
Tariro Mzezewa / New York Times:
Ashley M. Jones Is Named Poet Laureate in Alabama
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Virginia GOP Candidate Glenn Youngkin Financed a PAC That Supports 2020 Deniers and 1/6 Apologists
Discussion: VA Scope and Real Clear Politics
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei paid Tony Podesta $500,000 to lobby the White House
AFT Voices:
Student stories of pandemic trauma
Discussion: Twitchy
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Biden Has Lost Support Across All Groups Of Americans — But Especially Independents And Hispanics
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Woman arrested on allegations she threatened judge in Georgia ballot case
Discussion: HotAir
Variety:
Netflix Employee Walkout Grows Tense as Trans Rights Protesters Clash With Dave Chappelle Supporters