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Variety:
Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun That Killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Injured Director  —  Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a set in New Mexico on Thursday, accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.  —  The incident occurred on the set of …
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Chris Lindahl / IndieWire:
Prop Gun Fired by Alec Baldwin Contained Live Bullet, Says IATSE Local 44 — UPDATE  —  The incident took place October 21 at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe County.  It is under investigation.  —  Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on the New Mexico set of the Alec Baldwin film …
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” …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Neera Tanden named 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.
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden showed candor in town hall but also made some damaging remarks  —  (CNN)Joe Biden, showing candor and good humor, on Thursday reminded America why it picked him as President in a dark hour of crisis.  But, at a CNN town hall in Baltimore, he also showed his tendency to send his own White House …
Politico:
Neera Tanden named White House staff secretary
Axios:
Trump, your 2024 GOP nominee  —  Former President Trump is telling most anyone who'll listen he will run again in 2024 — and poll after poll shows the vast majority of Republicans would gladly cheer him on and vote for him.  —  Why it matters: Trump is the heart, soul and undisputed leader …
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: Democrats within striking distance of deal  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that Democrats are within striking distance of winning a long-sought agreement on President Biden's sweeping domestic agenda.  —  Returning to the Capitol from a White House breakfast with the president …
Discussion: NBC News and Associated Press
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wants framework for Biden's social spending plan set before Monday
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
To Democrats' Dismay, Not Many Voters Know What Is in $2 Trillion Bill
Discussion: Washington Post
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
‘Delinquent’ Matt Gaetz Currently Blocked from Practicing Law  —  Matt Gaetz is facing an investigation for underage sex trafficking and has had fundraising slow down to a drip.  Now he's been deemed ineligible to practice law in Florida.  —  This is one bar tab Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) may regret not paying.
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New York Times:
Justice Dept. Adds Two Top Prosecutors to Matt Gaetz Case
Amy Cheng / Washington Post:
Putin slams ‘cancel culture’ and trans rights, calling teaching gender fluidity ‘crime against humanity’  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin again attacked Western liberalism in a fiery address on Thursday, blasting so-called cancel culture and advances in gay and transgender rights.
Vincent Ni / The Guardian:
China warns against ‘wrong signals’ as Biden suggests US would defend Taiwan  —  Administration insists there is no change of policy after president says US has ‘a commitment’ to defend island  —  China has urged the US to “avoid sending any wrong signals” after President Joe Biden for a second …
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Katie Bo Lillis / CNN:
Watchdog finds Pentagon appropriately sidelined Trump appointee to key National Security Agency job after alleged security incidents  —  Washington (CNN)Michael Ellis, who was installed as the top lawyer at the National Security Agency during President Donald Trump's final days in office …
Discussion: GovExec.com
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Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
Report Finds No Wrongdoing in Hiring of Trump Loyalist as N.S.A.'s Top Lawyer
Discussion: emptywheel
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
C.D.C. Recommends Covid Booster Shots for Millions of Americans  —  Recipients of the Moderna and the J.&J. vaccines may receive extra doses, although the shots continue to prevent illness and death.  —  In a sweeping victory for the Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control …
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Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates Are Surviving Nearly All Court Challenges  —  With limited exceptions, judges uphold requirements that government workers, public-university students and contractors get shots  —  A range of people—from nurses to firefighters to students—have filed lawsuits objecting …
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 …
Discussion: Duluth News Tribune
Ken Kurson / California Globe:
EXCLUSIVE: Iconic Target Store on Mission St to Close Amid Shoplifting Tidal Wave  —  Last week, after Walgreens announced that five additional outlets in San Francisco would be closing on top of the 17 that already have been shuttered since 2019, the company claimed that changes in both the law …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US budget deficit hits $2.77 trillion in 2021, 2nd highest  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. budget deficit totaled $2.77 trillion for 2021, the second highest on record but an improvement from the all-time high of $3.13 trillion reached in 2020.  The deficits in both years reflect trillions …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Neal Augenstein / WTOP:
Email from Loudoun Co. superintendent alerted school board on day of bathroom assault  —  The superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools sent a brief, confidential email to school board members on May 28 — the same day a female student at Stone Bridge High School said she was sexually assaulted in bathroom.
Samuel Goldman / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
What We Lose When We Lose Thomas Jefferson  —  New York City takes down the author of the Declaration of Independence.  —  After years of debate and a unanimous decision by New York City officials, the statue of Thomas Jefferson that has stood in the City Council chamber since 1915 is on its way out.
Discussion: Persuasion and spiked
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN defends Joe Rogan treatment in fiery statement  —  Podcaster Joe Rogan's three-hour interview with CNN's Sanjay Gupta last week was an amicable affair, though it got a bit tense when the topic turned to the network's coverage of Rogan's recent bout with covid.  “It's a lie.
Julian Mark / Washington Post:
A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind.  A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’  —  Two days after arriving at a Fredericksburg, Va., hospital with covid-19 in September, Misty Mitchem was put on a ventilator.  Another two days later, she died.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Two Countercultures  —  In 1959 the British novelist C.P. Snow delivered a lecture at the University of Cambridge entitled “The Two Cultures.”  Snow's topic was the gradual separation of scientific knowledge from humanistic knowledge, and the dangers of educational specialization and technical illiteracy.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
'You're a joke': Greene clashes with Cheney, Raskin on House floor  —  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), tangled with two members of the Jan. 6 committee on the House floor Thursday, getting into an impromptu shouting match over Black Lives Matter and a wild conspiracy theory about space lasers starting California wildfires.
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Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
Pundits Have a Terrible Track Record of Predicting Midterms a Year in Advance … Judging from the political news as Halloween approaches, the Democrats are as doomed as anyone who defies a mummy's curse.  Every headline this month seems to point to a daunting Democratic defeat in the 2022 elections.
Financial Times:
Russian mercenaries leave trail of destruction in the Central African Republic … When the tattooed Russian fighters arrived in Alindao, a town in the southern Central African Republic (CAR), the rebels fled — and the people rejoiced.  —  “They were white.  They were very big,” said Fatima, 32.
Samantha Lock / The Guardian:
Rightwing pundit Candace Owens suggests US invade Australia to ‘free an oppressed people’  —  The high-profile conservative commentator described Australia as a ‘tyrannical police state’ during an episode of her self-titled TV show  —  Outspoken conservative political commentator Candace Owens …
Discussion: The Root and Mediaite
Ethan Sears / New York Post:
Ex-ESPNer Allison Williams: I walked away from ‘largest contract’ of career over vaccine mandate  —  Former ESPN reporter Allison Williams, who left the company after refusing to get vaccinated for COVID-19, said she walked away from “the largest contract in my career” over the mandate.
Bradley Hope / Whale Hunting:
Jared Kushner's Middle East Cash Grab  —  Since the would-be Trump dynasty lost a bid for a second-term in the White House, most attention on son-in-law Jared Kushner has been about him writing a book to “provide historical context and help readers understand what it was like to work in the Trump White House.”
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
The Left and Right each have a Jan. 6 myth  —  Jan. 6, 2021, was a defining moment in Donald Trump's presidency.  It was an ugly day in American history.  —  But what occurred on that day at the Capitol has been skewed by both Left and Right.  In order to advance tribalist narratives …
CNN:
Texas abortion ban is an early glimpse of what post-Roe America would look like for women  —  (CNN)Nicole began her morning with a simple prayer: “Please let my car start today.”  —  She had already gotten the mandatory ultrasound, scrounged up $595 and taken time off work.
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg and CNBC
 
 
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The Dispatch:
U.S. Admitted Zero Uyghur Refugees in Fiscal 2021
Madeleine May / VICE:
Death Threats Are Creating a Mass Exodus of Election Officials
Discussion: Raw Story, Joe.My.God. and YouTube
Lauren McGaughy / Dallas Morning News:
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has paid his first voter fraud bounty. It went to an unexpected recipient
Washington Post:
U.S. communities want to share unused vaccines with Mexico, but the White House won't let them
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
California Drove Truckers Out of Business. Now Store Shelves Are Empty
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Biden: I made all the vaccinations happen. AP fact checker: No, you didn't
Discussion: Associated Press and Townhall
New York Times:
Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
America Was Forged By the Marginalized
The Daily Beast:
GOP Rep. Booted Off Jan. 6 Panel Is Running a Shadow Probe
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Secret Corruption ‘Waivers’ and Other Tales From Trump's Former Ethics Director
Discussion: Raw Story
Leighton Woodhouse / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
The Reality of ‘Anti-Racism’ Across America
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Another voice of reason retires