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11:40 AM ET, October 22, 2021

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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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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 …
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wants framework for Biden's social spending plan set before Monday
Discussion: WTOP
Politico:
Neera Tanden named White House staff secretary
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
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” …
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 …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Breitbart
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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.
Discussion: Bipartisan Report and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Justice Dept. Adds Two Top Prosecutors to Matt Gaetz Case  —  The move by the department is a sign of the complex and high-stakes nature of the sex trafficking investigation into Representative Gaetz, a close ally of Donald Trump.  —  The Justice Department has added two top prosecutors …
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Wall Street Journal:   To Democrats' Dismay, Not Many Voters Know What Is in $2 Trillion Bill
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Kevin McCarthy or Liz Cheney?  Consultants Forced to Choose  —  The message, delivered by a lobbyist close to the House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, has already led one Republican firm to cut ties.  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent Washington lobbyist close to Kevin McCarthy …
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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.
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 …
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.
Axios:
Scoop: “How about zero?”  Manchin, Sanders get heated behind closed doors  —  Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) squabbled behind closed doors Wednesday, with Manchin using a raised-fist goose egg to tell his colleague he can live without any of President Biden's social spending plan, Axios has learned.
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Sounds like Sinema's about to make a deal on reconciliation
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
Washington Post:
U.S. communities want to share unused vaccines with Mexico, but the White House won't let them  —  MEXICO CITY — For months, health officials and hospital executives in Southern California watched as coronavirus vaccines neared their expiration dates unused while demand for doses waned.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Two Countercultures  —  Column: Who will speak for ordinary Americans?  —  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 …
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
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.”
Daniel Greenfield / Front Page Magazine:
California Drove Truckers Out of Business.  Now Store Shelves Are Empty  —  Democrat regulations are holding the entire economy hostage.  —  Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.
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 …
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.
Lee Brown / New York Post:
Taliban beheaded female volleyball player, posted photos online, coach says  —  An Afghan volleyball player on the girls' national team was beheaded by the Taliban — with gruesome photos of her severed head then posted on social media, according to her coach.
The Daily Beast:
Secret Corruption ‘Waivers’ and Other Tales From Trump's Former Ethics Director  —  Walter Shaub shares some of the Trump admin's unsettling ethics violations—and goes off on Biden.  Plus, Esquire's Charles P. Pierce talks “the conservative media octopus.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Biden: I made all the vaccinations happen.  AP fact checker: No, you didn't  —  All it would take is one look at any of the recent presidential approval polls to let you know that not a lot is getting done in Washington these days, and the headlines from around the rest of the country don't look much better.
Discussion: Associated Press and Townhall
Brad Bannon / The Hill:
Americans hate ‘big government’ until they experience the benefits  —  Progressives should build on the basic building blocks of policy to combat the existential dread of “big government.”  —  The Gallup Organization asks Americans annually whether they want government to do more to solve …
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 …
New York Post:
Democrats aim to make anyone who disagrees with them an enemy of the state  —  Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-The Moon) made the Democratic position clear Thursday: If you're not with us, you're terrorists.  —  During his opening statement for the Attorney General Merrick Garland hearing …
Discussion: Instapundit
Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline  —  The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working with the United States and one former official.
 
 
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Schumer endorses Walton for Buffalo mayor
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