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10:00 AM ET, October 24, 2021

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Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Democrats overplaying the Trump card In Virginia governor's race  —  Terry McAuliffe can't stop talking about the former president, even though many Virginia voters have moved on.  —  Terry McAuliffe's campaign strategy in the Virginia governor's race has been to relentlessly link his opponent …
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
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Mel Leonor / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Youngkin calls for police in all Virginia schools, tapping into heated school issues to close his campaign
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
Virginia Democrats sue USPS over delayed delivery of election-related material
Discussion: Democracy Docket
Arizona Republic:
Grant Woods, former Arizona attorney general, dies at 67  —  Craig Harris Maria PollettaArizona Republic  —  Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, the prosecutor and politician who frequently broke with his longtime party to support Democratic candidates and causes, died Saturday from a heart attack.
Discussion: WTOP
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Courtland Jeffrey / KNXV:   Grant Woods, former Arizona Attorney General, has died unexpectedly at age 67
KASW-TV:
Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods dies at 67
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
Biden to host Manchin in Delaware at critical juncture  —  President Joe Biden will host Sen. Joe Manchin in Delaware on Sunday as the two seek to finalize an agreement on Biden's domestic agenda, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting.  —  The president will huddle …
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Politico:
Dems weigh ditching Medicare expansion and paid leave in eleventh hour of social spending talks  —  Axing either of the two provisions would infuriate progressives and alienate valuable voting blocs.  Yet the party might just have to.  —  Sen. Joe Manchin speaks on Capitol Hill on Oct. 19.
Washington Post:   Sinema's silence on spending bill vexes many Democrats while she digs in on talks out of public view
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Services Are Used to Spread Religious Hatred in India, Internal Documents Show  —  Company researchers say anti-Muslim material is rife and calls to violence coincided with deadly riots last year.  Facebook says it's working to improve enforcement.
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Insider:
The January 6 insurrection, in all its heart-pounding detail, from 34 people who lived through it … “We have the building!”  Those words sent “a wave of terror” through congressional staffer Jay Rupert as he barricaded himself in his House office on January 6 while an angry pro-Trump mob breached security and ransacked the building.
Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:
The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism  —  If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn't have believed it.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats' problem is not focusing on issues most vital to independents, 2 prominent pollsters say  —  Joel Benenson has a feeling of deja vu watching President Biden's agenda grind into a long, drawn-out negotiation as middle-of-the-road voters recoil at the process taking place in Congress.
Christine Jordan Sexton / Florida Politics:
Senate President blasts Florida Surgeon General for his ‘unprofessional’ actions  —  Simpson sent a memo to all members and Senate staff.  —  Senate President Wilton Simpson late Saturday sharply criticized a top official in the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis for failing to adhere …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
A C.I.A. Fighter, a Somali Bomb Maker, and a Faltering Shadow War  —  The hunt for an elusive Somali militant illustrates why Al Shabab, despite a decade of American covert action, are at their strongest in years.  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia — The C.I.A. convoy rolled out of Mogadishu in the dead of night …
South China Morning Post:
In Germany, Hamburg is at the heart of a growing dilemma over China  —  Hamburg's economic ties with China are stirring concerns it could be exposed to the vagaries of great power politics as US-China tensions spill into global supply chains How to handle that delicate balance of interests …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Washington Examiner:
Biden is driving families apart  —  The fates of families were dividing along demographic lines even before the COVID pandemic made the division worse.  That is the core finding of a new study this week by the American Enterprise Institute, the Institute for Family Studies, and Brigham Young University's Wheatley Institute.
Washington Post:
White supremacists are returning to Charlottesville.  But this time, they're on trial.  —  As hundreds of white supremacists prepared to descend on Charlottesville in 2017, they hashed out logistics in private chat groups.  They suggested a dress code of polo shirts during the day and shirts with swastikas at night.
New York Post:
Alec Baldwin ignored the No. 1 rule of gun safety: Hollywood weapons expert  —  Alec Baldwin failed to follow the No. 1 rule of gun safety before the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust,” a Hollywood weapons expert tells The Post.  —  “Loaded or unloaded, a weapon never gets pointed at another human being …
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Mail
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
How Misinformation Threatened a Montana National Heritage Area  —  Civic boosters in central Montana hoped for some federal money to promote tourism.  A disinformation campaign got in the way.  —  GREAT FALLS, Mont. — In the summer of 2020, as pandemic shutdowns closed businesses …
Reuters:
Fact Check-Biden talked about corporations not paying ‘a cent’ in town hall hand gesture moment  —  A hand gesture U.S. president Joe Biden made during a CNN town hall in Baltimore on Oct. 21 was in reference to corporations not paying taxes.  Some social media users are isolating a screenshot …
Discussion: Twitchy and PolitiFact
Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Travis Tritt, who is against vaccine mandates, to sing national anthem before Game 6 of NLCS  —  ATLANTA — If Game 6 of the National League Championship Series were held at Dodger Stadium, country star Travis Tritt likely would not be willing to perform the national anthem.
Discussion: Twitchy
Insider:
Facebook undersea cable project marred by ‘frac outs,’ sinkholes, a drone dispute, and buried broken equipment on the Oregon coast  — Regulation of undersea cable projects was passed this year in Oregon, in large part due to Facebook's problems.  — After an initial drilling incident …
Emily Kopp / CQ.com:
NIH grantee in Wuhan faces questions, deadline for more information  —  A U.S. partner of the Wuhan Institute of Virology manipulated a coronavirus to generate up to 10,000 times the viral load, violating provisions of its National Institutes of Health contract that forbade unregulated research …
New York Post:
Hunter Biden's wife seen at SoHo gallery as controversial art show opens  —  The hotly anticipated and controversial solo art show by Hunter Biden finally opened Saturday in SoHo.  —  Workers took down the paper covering the windows and posted Biden's paintings, and Biden's wife stopped by the space.
Daren Butler / Reuters:
Turkey to expel U.S. envoy and nine others, Erdogan says  —  Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that he had told his foreign ministry to expel the ambassadors of the United States and nine other Western countries for demanding the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala.
Judith Butler / The Guardian:
Why is the idea of ‘gender’ provoking backlash the world over?  —  Increasingly, authoritarians are likening ‘genderism’ to ‘communism’ and ‘totalitarianism’  —  n June, the Hungarian parliament voted overwhelmingly to eliminate from public schools all teaching related to …
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Struggles With Afghan Evacuees Weeded Out, and Now in Limbo
New York Times:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Anne Kim / Washington Monthly:
McAuliffe Needs Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill—Now
Discussion: Althouse
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Where Did 7 Million Workers Go?  —  The U.S. economy right now is a little bit like Dune.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Bannon's subpoena defiance is illegal, yet the ‘law and order’ party defends it
Holman W. Jenkins, Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Inflation Is the Mother of Big Political Change
Fox News:
Organized migrant caravan moves toward US, surging past Mexican forces
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
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Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
How Public Health Took Part in Its Own Downfall
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Social-Media Platform Joins Crowded Conservative Media Field
Discussion: Raw Story
Bill McCarthy / PolitiFact:
Newsmax, Fox News air outdated, out-of-context photos of empty shelves in segments bashing Biden