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Hunter Walker / Rolling Stone:
EXCLUSIVE: Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in ‘Dozens’ of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White House Staff  —  As the House investigation into the Jan. 6 attack heats up, some of the planners of the pro-Trump rallies that took place in Washington, D.C. …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Frances Haugen Became a Power Player in the Facebook Leaks  —  In a time of mega-leaks, journalists' sources have become power players.  Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager who shared company documents, led a meticulous media rollout.  —  Frances Haugen first met Jeff Horwitz …
Discussion: CNN, UPI and CoinDesk, more at Mediagazer »
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Washington Post:
The case against Mark Zuckerberg: Insiders say Facebook's CEO chose growth over safety … Late last year, Mark Zuckerberg faced a choice: Comply with demands from Vietnam's ruling Communist Party to censor anti-government dissidents or risk getting knocked offline in one of Facebook's most lucrative Asian markets.
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
‘History Will Not Judge Us Kindly’  —  Before I tell you what happened at exactly 2:28 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the White House—and how it elicited a very specific reaction, some 2,400 miles away, in Menlo Park, California—you need to remember the mayhem of that day …
Mike Wright / Telegraph:
Facebook whistleblower warns company's encryption will aid espionage by hostile nations
Associated Press:
AP source: Manchin agreeable to wealth tax for Biden plan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin appears to be on board with White House proposals for new taxes on billionaires and certain corporations to help pay for President Joe Biden's scaled-back social services and climate change package.
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Wall Street Journal:
Tax on Billionaires' Unrealized Gains Will Likely Be in Budget Package, Democrats Say
Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
Trump Blasts Fox News For Supposedly Airing ‘Untruthful Anti-Trump Commercials’  —  Former President Donald Trump blasted Fox News on Sunday, claiming the network “continually allow[s] horrible and untruthful anti-Trump commercials to be run.”  —  “What good is it if FOX News speaks …
Discussion: BizPac Review, Joe.My.God. and HuffPost
Brent Buchanan / Cygnal:
Cygnal Poll: YOUNGKIN TIED; GENERIC REPUBLICAN +1  —  New Cygnal survey of 800+ likely voters shows steep declines for McAuliffe  —  WASHINGTON - The ground in Virginia has shifted.  A new poll of 816 likely voters shows Glenn Youngkin and Terry McAuliffe dead even at 48% a piece, with one week to go until Election Day.
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ProPublica:
“The Liberty Way”: How Liberty University Discourages and Dismisses Students' Reports of Sexual Assaults  —  Note: This story includes descriptions of sexual violence and attempted suicide.  —  When Elizabeth Axley first told Liberty University officials she had been raped, she was confident they'd do the right thing.
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Former Saudi official calls Mohammed bin Salman a “psychopath,” says Saudi crown prince fears what he knows  —  Saad Aljabri was number two in Saudi intelligence until, he says, Mohammed bin Salman forced him out.  Now, MBS is Saudi Arabia's crown prince, and Aljabri is in exile.
New York Times:
How Amazon Mishandled Paying Dozens of Workers on Leave  —  A knot of problems with Amazon's system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers.  —  A year ago, Tara Jones, an Amazon warehouse worker in Oklahoma, cradled her newborn …
Bryn Stole / Baltimore Sun:
U.S. Rep. Anthony G. Brown launching campaign for Maryland attorney general  —  U.S. Rep. Anthony G. Brown, a Prince George's County Democrat and former lieutenant governor, will run for attorney general of Maryland next year.  —  Brown, 59, is the first major Democratic candidate to jump …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's “Axios on HBO”  —  Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's “Axios on HBO,” NIAID director Anthony Fauci told “ABC This Week” that it's “molecularly impossible” for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.
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BBC:
Sudan's military dissolves civilian government and arrests leaders  —  Sudan's military has dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency.  —  Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan, who had been heading a joint council with civilian leaders, blamed political infighting.
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Twitter suspends Rep. Jim Banks for misgendering transgender four-star officer  —  Twitter suspended the account of Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) Saturday after he intentionally misgendered Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed federal official, a spokesperson for the platform told Axios.
Discussion: RedState, HuffPost, UPI, WPTA21 and TheBlaze
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Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Rep. Jim Banks suspended from Twitter for misgendering trans government official Dr. Rachel Levine
Discussion: New York Magazine and Insider
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
Clare Duffy / CNN:
Facebook has known it has a human trafficking problem for years.  It still hasn't fully fixed it  —  New York (CNN Business)Facebook has for years struggled to crack down on content related to what it calls domestic servitude: “a form of trafficking of people for the purpose …
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Biden administration to announce plan for accelerating authorization of at-home Covid tests  —  The Biden administration on Monday will announce several steps aimed at making rapid, at-home Covid testing more widely available while lowering costs, according to details shared with NBC News.
Washington Post:
Inside PhRMA's fight to kill Democrats' drug pricing plan  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  Please share your suggestions for what Theo should make with the dozens and dozens of apples he picked the other weekend — and also your tips!  And if you have to choose between sending a recipe …
Discussion: Common Dreams and Politico
Boris Epshteyn / Newsweek:
Biden Administration Plans to Kill America's Energy Sector  —  The progressive environmental Left, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other Green New Deal radicals, seems poised to suffer a significant defeat at the hands of its own party.  —  According to recent reports …
Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
Fauci says vaccines for kids between 5-11 likely available in November  —  Vaccines for kids between the ages of 5 and 11 will likely be available in the first half of November, top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday, predicting a timetable that could see many kids …
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Jerusalem Post:
People vaccinated against COVID-19 less likely to die of other causes - study
Axios:
1 big thing: Schlapps see '24 Trump run  —  The chairman of the American Conservative Union told Margaret Talev for “Axios on HBO” he accepts “Joe Biden is my president, and I want him to succeed,” but predicted Republicans retake the House and Senate in 2022 — and greater than 50% odds Donald Trump runs in 2024.
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Republican spin on Biden is off the mark  —  The Republican spin about Joe Biden's presidency has taken hold: He ran as a centrist who'd promulgate bipartisan, moderate policies and appointments, but instead, they say, he's governing as a partisan left-winger, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) …
Discussion: NBC News and CNN
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Disgraced former governor is recast as MAGA warrior in Senate bid  —  Missouri's open Senate race features a crowded cast of conservative characters.  There's the self-described “farm girl,” the auctioneer on a bus tour, a state attorney general suing China, and the guy who stood on his lawn and pointed an AR-15 at protesters.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jerry Zremski / Buffalo News:
Real?  Absolutely.  Resilient?  You bet.  But some wonder: Is India Walton ready?  —  In South Buffalo on a recent Saturday evening, India B. Walton, all 4 feet, 11 inches of her, filled a tent with her passion and her presence - and kept the first promise of her campaign slogan.
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:
Facebook knew it was being used to incite violence in Ethiopia.  It did little to stop the spread, documents show  —  London (CNN)Facebook employees repeatedly sounded the alarm on the company's failure to curb the spread of posts inciting violence in “at risk” countries like Ethiopia …
Haaretz:
Defense Minister Benny Gantz at a conference in Tel-Aviv, in April.  Credit: Moti Milrod  —  The government's declaration of civil society organizations in the West Bank as terrorist organizations is a destructive folly that tarnishes all of the parties in the coalition and the state itself.
Discussion: Just Security
 
 
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
John Kerry Holds $1 Million Stake in Equity Fund Linked To Uyghur Labor Abuse
Discussion: Instapundit
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Senate GOP rallies to Herschel Walker
Discussion: The Hill
CBS News:
Florida's top health official booted from meeting after refusing to put on mask
Discussion: Miami Herald, HuffPost and Axios
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
How 4 Weeks of U.S. Paid Leave Would Compare With the Rest of the World
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
It's His Town Now As he coasts to general-election victory, the post-technocrat, post-progressive Eric Adams mayoralty has already begun.
Henry Foy / Financial Times:
EU plans to reopen Afghanistan diplomatic mission within a month
Alex Yablon / Insider:
Joe Manchin and the GOP think Biden's plan to give parents bigger monthly checks will encourage people to quit their jobs.  A new study shows that argument is garbage.
 Earlier Items: 
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Emily Waltz / Scientific American:
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New York Times:
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Fatma Khaled / Newsweek:
Ron DeSantis Planning $5K Bonus for Unvaccinated Police to Relocate to Florida
Lyz Lenz / HuffPost:
A 19th-Century Law Dismantled The KKK. Now It Could Bring Down A New Generation Of Extremists.
Reuters:
Moscow decries U.S. move to call Russians ‘homeless’ for visa purposes
Discussion: Raw Story
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
McAuliffe claims Stacey Abrams should be governor of Georgia, furthering what some call her ‘Big Lie’
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Townhall