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8:45 PM ET, October 22, 2021

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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ camera crew walked off the set in protest before the fatal shooting  —  Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of “Rust” with a prop gun, a half-dozen camera crew workers walked off the set to protest working conditions.
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New York Times:
Live Updates: Assistant Director Declared Gun Safe Before Alec Baldwin Fatally Fired It, Affidavit Says  —  In a statement, the actor said his “heart is broken” after a gun he used as a prop killed the movie's cinematographer and wounded its director in New Mexico.
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Camera crew walked off set of Baldwin movie due to working conditions hours before shooting  —  Camera crews aren't responsible for handling props on the set, are they?  —  Even so, this LA Times scoop raises the obvious possibility that if the camera crew was disgruntled about labor conditions, maybe the prop master was too.
Associated Press:
Baldwin: Killing of cinematographer was ‘tragic accident’  —  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Alec Baldwin said Friday that his killing of a cinematographer with a prop gun on a movie set was a “tragic accident” as authorities investigated the shooting, which also wounded the director.
Discussion: KLKN-TV, New York Times and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Alec Baldwin Film Set Was Hindered by Worker Complaints
Discussion: WHYY
Chris Lindahl / IndieWire:
Prop Gun Fired by Alec Baldwin Contained a ‘Live Single Round,’ Says IATSE Local 44
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
'Carol's Journey': What Facebook knew about how it radicalized users  —  In the summer of 2019, a new Facebook user named Carol Smith signed up for the platform, describing herself as a politically conservative mother from Wilmington, North Carolina.  Smith's account indicated an interest in politics …
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New York Times:
What Happened When Facebook Employees Warned About Election Misinformation  —  Company documents show that the social network's employees repeatedly raised red flags about the spread of misinformation and conspiracies before and after the contested November vote.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked  —  Latest complaint to the SEC blames top leadership for failing to warn investors about serious problems at the company  —  A new whistleblower affidavit submitted by a former Facebook employee Friday alleges …
Washington Post:
Inside Facebook, Jan. 6 violence fueled anger, regret over missed warning signs … Relief flowed through Facebook in the days after the 2020 presidential election.  The company had cracked down on misinformation, foreign interference and hate speech — and employees believed they had largely succeeded …
The Information:
New Facebook Storm Nears as CNN, Fox Business and Other Outlets Team Up on Whistleblower Docs  —  It's not often that major news organizations coordinate to sift through a large trove of leaked company documents and agree not to publish stories about them until a certain date.
Lauren del Valle / CNN:
Lev Parnas found guilty on campaign finance charges  —  New York (CNN)Rudy Giuliani's former associate Lev Parnas was convicted on six counts related to “influence buying” campaign finance schemes.  —  A jury of eight men and four women found Parnas guilty of scheming with co-conspirators …
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Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Ex-Giuliani pal Lev Parnas found guilty of orchestrating Russia-tied campaign finance scheme
Discussion: Shore News Network
John McCormack / National Review:
John Eastman vs. the Eastman Memo  —  In extensive conversations with NR, the Trump legal adviser behind a fiercely disputed memo advising Pence to reject Biden electors claims it doesn't reflect his own views.  —  n January 6, President Donald Trump took the stage at the “Save America Rally” …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The architect of Trump's plot to steal the 2020 election explains himself — absurdly
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Washington Post:
Democrats move to finalize new ‘billionaire’ tax plan, targeting 700 wealthiest Americans as key source of revenue for spending plan  —  Senior Democrats are preparing a sweeping new tax plan that would aim to raise hundreds of billions of dollars from the fortunes of America's roughly 700 billionaires …
NBC News:
Democrats near deal on pared-back spending bill. Here is what's likely in — and out.
Discussion: MSNBC
CNN:
House investigators target the money trail behind January 6 rally  —  ‘Peril’ details Trump's plans before Jan. 6  —  (CNN)The House select committee is setting its sights on the financing behind events and people associated with January 6, CNN has learned, including money that funded pro-Trump …
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CNN:
Former DOJ official Jeffrey Clark, who pushed baseless election fraud claims, expected to testify before January 6 committee
Discussion: Alternet.org
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden sows confusion about defending Taiwan from China
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Why does a democratic republic founded in opposition to monarchy tolerate billionaires?  —  They are never self-made.  —  In Thursday's post, I imagined a world in which conservatives placed equality at the center of their sensibilities.  It was fun, though hardly realistic.
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Neera Tanden is named as the next White House staff secretary for President Biden  —  Neera Tanden was named the next White House staff secretary on Friday morning, putting her in the nerve center of the building charged with overseeing the paper flow for President Biden, according to a White House official briefed on the move.
Associated Press:
Where are the workers?  Cutoff of jobless aid spurs no influx  —  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Earlier this year, an insistent cry arose from business leaders and Republican governors: Cut off a $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans.  Many people, they argued …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:
Measuring-up the Democrats for defeat  —  As ever, no one says it better than Shakespeare; “Man, proud man / Dress'd in a little brief authority / Most ignorant of what he's most assured ... plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven / As makes the angels weep.”
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden said he's been to the southern border before.  It was a drive-by.  —  CNN's Anderson Cooper: “Do you have plans to visit the southern border?” … — exchange during CNN town hall, Oct. 21  —  For weeks, Republicans — and Fox News — have demanded to know why the president …
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CNN:
McAuliffe dismissed Northam yearbook photo as youthful mistake at 2019 event months after calling it racist ‘at any age’  —  (CNN)After publicly condemning Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's decades-old racist yearbook photo in February 2019 as “racist, unacceptable and inexcusable at any age,” …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court won't block Texas abortion law but grants expedited review for Nov. 1  —  The Supreme Court on Friday said it will consider legal arguments over the Texas abortion law that is the nation's most restrictive on Nov. 1, and that the law will remain in effect.
Blake Apgar / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Las Vegas executive faces voter fraud charges in 2020 election  —  A Las Vegas business executive is facing two voter fraud charges related to the 2020 election, the attorney general's office announced Thursday.  —  Donald Kirk Hartle, 55, faces felony counts of voting more than once …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kevin McCarthy's vile attack on Liz Cheney shows the dangers of a GOP House  —  For governments to function amid deep disagreements among their major players, they sometimes evolve shared understandings.  Their premise is that in some conflicts, preserving the integrity of the system …
Callie Patteson / New York Post:
DHS pays over $455K to build ‘security fencing’ around Biden's beach home  —  Build that wall!  —  The southern border with Mexico is seeing the highest levels of illegal border crossings in 35 years, but the Department of Homeland Security has found one access point it can shore up …
 
 
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Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
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Maureen Breslin / The Hill:
Black, female DC police officers say they were given ultimatum: Have an abortion or be fired
Discussion: NBC News, The Federalist and The Root
CNN:
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
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Michael Brendan Dougherty / American Compass:
The Snowflakes Aren't Melting … Commentators and culture warriors have popularized the term …
Discussion: National Review
Amy Cheng / Washington Post:
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
‘Delinquent’ Matt Gaetz Blocked from Practicing Law