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Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Internal Chat Boards Show Politics Often at Center of Decision Making  —  Employees allege content rules aren't enforced for Breitbart and other right-wing publishers for fear of public blowback, and management expresses wariness of appearing biased, according to internal documents
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Facebook exec warns of “more bad headlines”  —  In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I'm afraid.”
Politico:
Biden hosts Manchin in Delaware at critical juncture  —  President Joe Biden hosted Sen. Joe Manchin in Delaware on Sunday as the two sought to finalize an agreement on Biden's domestic agenda, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting.  —  The president huddled …
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Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:
What Democrats need to do to avoid self-destruction  —  After weeks of unfruitful intraparty infighting over their agenda, it has become clear that the Democratic Party is headed down a self-destructive path.  —  President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure bill is still being held hostage by progressives …
Ryan Grim / Bad News:   Kyrsten Sinema's long march through the institutions
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Their Jobs Made Them Get Vaccinated.  They Refused.  —  The willingness of some workers to give up their livelihoods helps explain the country's struggle to reach herd immunity.  —  Under the threat of losing their jobs, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers finally got a Covid-19 vaccine.
CNN:
Trump pick's messy personal life worries Senate Republicans desperate to hold on to Pennsylvania seat  —  (CNN)Sean Parnell may have the backing of former President Donald Trump, but the Pennsylvania Republican also has significant personal baggage that is raising concerns about the GOP's ability …
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Why is Trump running for president again?  To stay out of jail  —  Throughout his epic, scandal-ridden career, Donald Trump has compiled an astonishing record of impunity, constantly staying one jump ahead of prosecutors, plaintiffs and creditors.  —  He is the only president to be impeached twice …
Discussion: Raw Story
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
WATCH: Jake Tapper Emphatically Calls Out Republicans for ‘Violations of Basic Decency’ After Mocking Alec Baldwin's Movie Set Shooting  —  CNN's Jake Tapper blasted Republicans for their joyful exploitation of the tragic shooting incident involving Alec Baldwin on the set of the film, Rust.
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Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
I Was Hacked.  The Spyware Used Against Me Makes Us All Vulnerable.  —  Invasive hacking software sold to countries to fight terrorism is easily abused.  Researchers say my phone was hacked twice, probably by Saudi Arabia.  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — In Mexico, the government hacked the cellphones of journalists and activists.
Discussion: The Citizen Lab
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Neil Cavuto Desperately Pleads With Fox News Audience to Get Vaccinated: 'I'm Begging You,' Think of ‘Those Around You’  —  Fox News' Neil Cavuto urged network viewers to get vaccinated in his first on-air comments since he was diagnosed with a breakthrough coronavirus case.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
The Rotten Core of the Republican Party  —  Mr. Appelbaum is a member of the editorial board.  —  Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the top House Republican, recently took to social media to warn that Democrats have hatched a dastardly plot.  “Democrats,” he said …
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.
Tech Transparency Project:
YouTube's Filter Bubble Problem is Worse for Fox News Viewers  —  New TTP research shows how YouTube's recommendation algorithm locks users into ideological echo chambers.  It's more intense for people who watch Fox News.  —  YouTube's recommendation algorithm pushes users …
CBS News:
Transcript: Rep. Bennie Thompson on “Face the Nation”, October 24, 2021  —  The following is a transcript of an interview with Congressman Bennie Thompson that aired Sunday, October 24, 2021, on “Face the Nation.”  —  MARGARET BRENNAN: We want to turn now to the investigation into the events leading …
Discussion: Breitbart and POLITICUSUSA
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Jordan Wolman / Politico:
Jan. 6 panel seeking information from Facebook and following the money, chair says
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.
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.
Eliav Lieblich / Just Security:
Counterterrorism Off the Rails: Israel's Declaration of Palestinian Human Rights Groups as “Terrorist” Organizations  —  Israeli Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, declared six West Bank Palestinian civil society organizations as “terrorist organizations.”  Among them are prominent …
Discussion: CNN, Haaretz and The Nation
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 …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Unanswered questions remain for Buttigieg, Biden on supply chain catastrophe  —  As is becoming increasingly apparent in political media, focusing on the sizzle of a news story trumps shining a light on the actual steak.  A recent example was the supply chain crisis and the person tasked …
Discussion: RedState
Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Why a progressive prosecutor just left D.A. Chesa Boudin's office and joined the recall effort  —  Sitting on a bench in Golden Gate Park on a recent afternoon, Brooke Jenkins made clear the city's raging debate over crime and how District Attorney Chesa Boudin responds to it is more complicated than left versus right.
Discussion: Breitbart
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in America  —  (CNN)A member of a scientific coalition advising Puerto Rico's government on the coronavirus pandemic recently joked about the island's high Covid-19 vaccination rate, attributing it to the proliferation of drug store chains on the island.
Discussion: abc7NY
Washington Post:
How Facebook neglected the rest of the world, fueling hate speech and violence in India … In February 2019, not long before India's general election, a pair of Facebook employees set up a dummy account to better understand the experience of a new user in the company's largest market.
Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Economy, Biden's Approval, and How to Fight Back  —  An unhappy electorate is taking its anger out on the Democrats, but Republicans are quite vulnerable on the economy  —  There is no political saying more trite — or more accurate — than James Carville's famous aphorism from the 1992 campaign “It's the economy, stupid.”
Discussion: RedState and Second Nexus
Washington Post:
Sen. Joe Manchin wants to restrict who gets the child tax credit.  These West Virginians may pay the price if he gets his way.  —  Manchin supports new requirements for the expanded child tax credit that would likely end the benefit for thousands of families in his state.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
True conservatives should support filibuster reform  —  President Biden signaled last week that Isaac Newton's third law of motion — for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction — may finally apply to American politics.  —  Do not underestimate the significance of Biden's statement …
Discussion: USA Today, Bloomberg and Fox News
Natasha Anderson / Daily Mail:
‘Cruel’ Fauci is condemned for ‘paying Tunisian research lab $375,800 in taxpayer funds to clamp heads of de-barked beagle puppies in cages filled with flesh-eating flies that ate them alive’  — A group of 24 bi-partisan lawmakers are demanding answers from Dr. Anthony Fauci after a nonprofit claims …
 
 
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
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Judith Butler / The Guardian:
Why is the idea of ‘gender’ provoking backlash the world over?
Discussion: Althouse
Arizona Republic:
Grant Woods, former Arizona attorney general, dies at 67
Discussion: The Wrap, WTOP and KASW-TV
South China Morning Post:
In Germany, Hamburg is at the heart of a growing dilemma over China
Discussion: Bloomberg
Insider:
Facebook undersea cable project marred by ‘frac outs,’ sinkholes, a drone dispute, and buried broken equipment on the Oregon coast