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8:35 AM ET, October 23, 2021

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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.
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Not stopping ‘Stop the Steal:’ Facebook Papers paint damning picture of company's role in insurrection  —  (CNN Business)Just days after insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on January 6th, Facebook's Chief Operational Officer Sheryl Sandberg downplayed her company's role in what had happened.
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.
Associated Press:
Amid the Capitol riot, Facebook faced its own insurrection
Discussion: Financial Times and NPR
Wall Street Journal:   Facebook Increasingly Suppresses Political Movements It Deems Dangerous
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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Wall Street Journal:
Alec Baldwin Film Set Was Hindered by Worker Complaints  —  Some workers filming ‘Rust,’ where Baldwin discharged prop firearm, were disgruntled; some walked off set  —  The movie set on which Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm in an incident that killed one person and wounded another …
Discussion: WHYY
New York Times:
Live Updates: Assistant Director Declared Gun Safe Before Alec Baldwin Fatally Fired It, Affidavit Says
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Camera crew walked off set of Baldwin movie due to working conditions hours before shooting
Harry Litman / Los Angeles Times:
Don't be too sure about the Justice Department's ‘duty’ to indict Bannon  —  Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland has a far more complicated decision coming his way than people realize.  —  The Department of Justice, in the person of the United States attorney for the District of Columbia …
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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Nevada Republican who claimed someone stole dead wife's ballot is charged with voter fraud  —  Donald Kirk Hartle looked troubled last November.  It was a few days after Election Day and the Las Vegas man was telling a local news station that someone had stolen his late wife's mail-in ballot …
Discussion: Insider
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Blake Apgar / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Las Vegas executive faces voter fraud charges in 2020 election
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
ag.nv.gov:
Attorney General Ford Announces Voter Fraud Charges
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Would-be speaker Kevin McCarthy walks the Trump tightrope, pursuing a GOP House  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has regaled top donors at private events in recent months with a behind-the-scenes story about a fight he says he had with former president Donald Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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Joseph R. Biden Jr / The White House:
Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on the Temporary Certification Regarding Disclosure of Information in Certain Records Related to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy  —  Section 1.  Policy.  In the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act …
CNN:
US nearing a formal agreement to use Pakistan's airspace to carry out military operations in Afghanistan  —  (CNN)The Biden administration has told lawmakers that the US is nearing a formalized agreement with Pakistan for use of its airspace to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Biden the Dealmaker Finds That Compromise Can Have Consequences  —  The president pushed for an expansive agenda knowing that he would most likely have to pare it back, leaving a sense of disappointment that could hurt his party at the polls.  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's pitch during …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The Pessimistic Electorate Behind Biden's Approval Ratings  —  In the era of modern polling, only Donald J. Trump has had a lower approval rating than President Biden's at this early stage of his term.  —  What's dragging down President Biden's approval rating?  —  Everyone.  —  And everything.
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
Twitter admits bias in algorithm for rightwing politicians and news outlets  —  Home feed promotes rightwing tweets over those from the left, internal research finds  —  Twitter has admitted it amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources.
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 …
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
The media slant on Joe Rogan and covid has been wrong.  Journalists must do better.  —  Among media critics (and who, after all, is not a media critic — there is so much to criticize), one sees a dangerous trend.  Reporters are increasingly urged to be definitive, to call out “liars” …
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 …
Andrew Miller / Fox News:
YouTube deletes rapper's 'Let's Go Brandon' song claiming ‘medical misinformation’  —  YouTube told the rapper they are passing the complaint along for ‘re-review’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for October 22  —  Rapper Bryson Gray announced on Twitter Thursday that his music video poking fun …
Discussion: RedState
 
 
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Phil Stewart / Reuters:
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New York Times:
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Steve Kovach / CNBC:
YouTube is about to pull its apps from Roku, and the fight is going all the way to Congress
Michelle Hackman / Wall Street Journal:
Border Patrol Makes About 1.66 Million Arrests at Southern Border in 2021 Fiscal Year
Discussion: CNN, National Review and The Daily Wire
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
Democrats near deal on pared-back spending bill. Here is what's likely in — and out.
Discussion: MSNBC
Chris English / LevittownNow.com:
School Board President Says Threats Unjustified, FBI Will Be Alerted
Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Walmart Recalls Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones Due to Rare and Dangerous Bacteria; Two Deaths Investigated
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden said he's been to the southern border before. It was a drive-by.
John Stoehr / The Editorial Board:
Why does a democratic republic founded in opposition to monarchy tolerate billionaires?
Associated Press:
Where are the workers? Cutoff of jobless aid spurs no influx
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA