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5:25 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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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 …
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 …
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Camera crew walked off set of Baldwin movie due to working conditions hours before shooting
Victoria Traxler / Santa Fe New Mexican:
Sheriff's office: Alec Baldwin discharged prop gun that killed crew member, wounded director
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  —  The man who provided a road map for subverting democracy to a president intent upon doing just that, which the president then attempted to follow, would like to let you know that he is in fact the hero of this story.
Discussion: Raw Story
FiveThirtyEight:
A Majority Of Republican Voters Actively Want Trump To Run For President Again
Discussion: The Hill
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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Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted in campaign finance fraud case  —  NEW YORK — Lev Parnas, a Florida businessman who is an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani, was found guilty on Friday of using funds from a foreign investor to try to influence political candidates through campaign donations.
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
Ex-Giuliani pal Lev Parnas found guilty of orchestrating Russia-tied campaign finance scheme
Discussion: Shore News Network
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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) …
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Anybody Can Be Joe Manchin Right Now
Discussion: HotAir
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
The Biden Admin Said It Left 100 Americans in Afghanistan.  They Now Admit It's Far More.  —  In off-the-record call with congressional staff, Biden admin says nearly 400 still stranded  —  The Biden administration is in touch with nearly 400 Americans who are stranded in Afghanistan …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden sows confusion about defending Taiwan from China
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Biden showed candor in town hall but also made some damaging remarks
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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Hugo Gurdon / Washington Examiner:   Measuring-up the Democrats for defeat
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
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 and Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Insider and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and KLAS
Washington Post:
Youngkin accused of antisemitism after claiming allies of Jewish donor George Soros ‘inserted’ operatives into Virginia school boards  —  GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin is facing allegations of antisemitism after accusing allies of Jewish philanthropist George Soros of a shadowy campaign …
Charlie Cook / The Cook Political Report:
Can Democrats Make the Midterms About Republicans?  —  Everyone knows the saying, which has been attributed to Otto von Bismarck: “Laws are like sausages; it is better not to see them being made.”  This year, President Biden and Democrats in Congress have led a grisly, excruciatingly long tour …
Discussion: New Republic and Defense One
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
‘Delinquent’ Matt Gaetz 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.
Chris English / LevittownNow.com:
School Board President Says Threats Unjustified, FBI Will Be Alerted  —  Mask mandates and other divisive issues created by the coronavirus pandemic and other societal realities have made it a very stressful time to be a school board member, Pennsbury School Board President Christine Toy-Dragoni …
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: Alternet.org, YouTube and Joe.My.God.
Zach Everson / Forbes:
House Ethics Office: ‘Substantial Reason To Believe’ Four Congressmen Violated Laws  —  The House Office of Congressional Ethics found “substantial reason to believe” four congressmen—Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.), Mike Kelly (R-Penn.), Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) and Alex Mooney (R-W.V.) …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
 
 
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Luke Gentile / Washington Examiner:
Former ESPN reporter labels Biden's vaccine remarks dictatorial
Discussion: Townhall, TheBlaze and The Federalist
CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene confronts Liz Cheney and Jamie Raskin as tensions rise during contempt vote
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The U.S. President in the Court of Public Opinion
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
How Do Bad Cops Stay in Power? Just Look at Miami.
Discussion: CBS Miami
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US budget deficit hits $2.77 trillion in 2021, 2nd highest
Financial Times:
Russian mercenaries leave trail of destruction in the Central African Republic
Ken Kurson / California Globe:
EXCLUSIVE: Iconic Target Store on Mission St to Close Amid Shoplifting Tidal Wave
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates Are Surviving Nearly All Court Challenges
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Jared Kushner's Middle East Cash Grab