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2:25 PM ET, October 22, 2021

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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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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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The architect of Trump's plot to steal the 2020 election explains himself — absurdly
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Victoria Traxler / Santa Fe New Mexican:
Sheriff's office: Alec Baldwin discharged prop gun that killed crew member, wounded director  —  Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a “prop firearm” Thursday on a movie set south of Santa Fe, killing the director of photography for the film he was working on and wounding its director, the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office said.
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden sows confusion about defending Taiwan from China
Associated Press:
China vows no concessions on Taiwan after Biden comments
Politico:
Neera Tanden named White House staff secretary
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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Democrats Are Turning Their Big Spending Bill Into Absolute Trash  —  It feels like Democrats are losing the plot.  —  As the party began trying to piece together its big social spending and climate package, a split emerged between lawmakers who wanted to pass fewer programs (but do them well) …
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: Politico, 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 and Washington Post
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.
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.
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
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: Raw Story and Duluth News Tribune
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.
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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Maureen Breslin / The Hill:
Black, female DC police officers say they were given ultimatum: Have an abortion or be fired  —  D.C.'s assistant police chief this week claimed that as an 18-year-old cadet she was told to get an abortion or she would be fired, according to reports from NBC News.
Discussion: NBC News, The Root and The Federalist
Michael Brendan Dougherty / American Compass:
The Snowflakes Aren't Melting … Commentators and culture warriors have popularized the term “snowflake” in recent years to describe the people, mostly younger Americans, who demand “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” to protect them from the harm of “microaggressions” and “cultural appropriation.”
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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 …
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 a bathroom.
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 …
getrevue.co:
The U.S. President in the Court of Public Opinion  —  “There would be plenty of people who aren't thrilled about him who'd still crawl over glass to vote for him over a Republican.  That's a fact of our political lives these days.”  —  Great Expectations  —  Why are Joe Biden's approval ratings dropping in U.S. opinion polls?
Discussion: Honest Graft
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.
Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
Close to 200 Americans are still seeking to leave Afghanistan, State Department tells congressional staff  —  Washington (CNN)The State Department informed congressional staff Thursday that it is in touch with 363 US citizens in Afghanistan, 176 of whom want to leave, two sources familiar with the call told CNN.
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene confronts Liz Cheney and Jamie Raskin as tensions rise during contempt vote  —  (CNN)Drama on the House floor developed when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Reps. Jamie Raskin and Liz Cheney as the House was voting on the criminal contempt resolution against Steve Bannon.
Madeleine May / VICE:
Death Threats Are Creating a Mass Exodus of Election Officials  —  “Hey, Rick,” the voicemail said.  “Two hundred and thirty four years ago, the founding caucasian fathers of America gave us the Second Amendment.  Time's running out, Richard.  We're coming after you and every motherfucker …
Discussion: Slate, Raw Story, Joe.My.God. and YouTube
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.
CNN:
CNN Live Event/Special  —  ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: And welcome.  We are live in Baltimore, Maryland at Baltimore Center Stage.  It's a CNN Presidential Town Hall with President Joe Biden.  I'm Anderson Cooper.  Thanks so much for joining us.  —  President Biden is at a pivotal moment …
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: Mediaite and The Root
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.”
 
 
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
How Do Bad Cops Stay in Power? Just Look at Miami.
Discussion: CBS Miami
The Dispatch:
U.S. Admitted Zero Uyghur Refugees in Fiscal 2021
Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
Pundits Have a Terrible Track Record of Predicting Midterms a Year in Advance
Samuel Goldman / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
What We Lose When We Lose Thomas Jefferson
Discussion: Persuasion and spiked
Washington Post:
U.S. communities want to share unused vaccines with Mexico, but the White House won't let them
Kimberly Ross / Washington Examiner:
The Left and Right each have a Jan. 6 myth
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
California Drove Truckers Out of Business. Now Store Shelves Are Empty
New York Times:
Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
America Was Forged by the Marginalized
The Daily Beast:
Secret Corruption ‘Waivers’ and Other Tales From Trump's Former Ethics Director
Discussion: Raw Story
Julian Mark / Washington Post:
A couple died of covid, leaving five children behind. A relative says people called their deaths ‘fake news.’
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN defends Joe Rogan treatment in fiery statement