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11:10 PM ET, October 24, 2021

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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. …
Discussion: Raw Story and WCCO | CBS Minnesota
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Dan Pfeiffer / The Message Box:
The Economy, Biden's Approval, and How to Fight Back
Discussion: RedState and Second Nexus
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 …
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Mike Wright / Telegraph:   Facebook whistleblower warns company's encryption will aid espionage by hostile nations
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Facebook exec warns of “more bad headlines”
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
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 …
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
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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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.
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Ben Kesslen / NBC News:
Rep. Jim Banks suspended from Twitter for misgendering trans government official Dr. Rachel Levine  —  Twitter suspended the account of Indiana Rep. Jim Banks on Saturday after the Republican congressman intentionally misgendered Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine …
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 …
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Politico:
Biden hosts Manchin in Delaware at critical juncture
Ryan Grim / Bad News:   Kyrsten Sinema's long march through the institutions
NBC Bay Area:
EXCLUSIVE: Two SF Prosecutors Quit & Join Effort to Oust Former Boss, District Attorney Chesa Boudin  —  Prosecutors Brooke Jenkins and Don Du Bain tell the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit they have quit their jobs at the San Francisco District Attorney's office and joined the effort to recall …
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Heather Knight / San Francisco Chronicle:
Why a progressive prosecutor just left D.A. Chesa Boudin's office and joined the recall effort
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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 …
Fatma Khaled / Newsweek:
Ron DeSantis Planning $5K Bonus for Unvaccinated Police to Relocate to Florida  —  Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Sunday that he is hoping to sign legislation that would give unvaccinated police officers a $5,000 bonus to relocate to his state.
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Associated Press
Lyz Lenz / HuffPost:
A 19th-Century Law Dismantled The KKK.  Now It Could Bring Down A New Generation Of Extremists.  —  In a Virginia courthouse this week, a historic trial will begin that aims to unravel the real motivations of the far-right activists behind the 2017 Charlottesville riot.
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.
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 …
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.
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
McAuliffe claims Stacey Abrams should be governor of Georgia, furthering what some call her ‘Big Lie’  —  McAuliffe accused Brian Kemp of having ‘disenfranchised’ 1.4 million voters despite reviews finding this accusation false  —  Dave Matthews, Stacey Abrams, & DNC Chair Jaime Harrison host a …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Townhall
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.
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Bar Association criticizes TV ad by GOP candidate for state Supreme Court  —  The TV ad is no-holds-barred.It bluntly attacks a decision of the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  And on Saturday, the state Bar Association said the spot went too far.The ad says the Democratic contender …
Emily Waltz / Scientific American:
COVID Vaccine Makers Prepare for a Variant Worse than Delta  —  Companies are updating vaccines and testing them on people to prepare for whatever comes next in the pandemic  —  Pfizer's chief executive, Albert Bourla, made a bold promise in June.  Standing next to US President Joe Biden …
Reuters:
Moscow decries U.S. move to call Russians ‘homeless’ for visa purposes  —  Russia on Sunday condemned a decision by the United States to add Russians seeking U.S. visas to a list of “homeless nationals” who can apply for visas in third countries.  —  The move allowed Russians to apply …
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.
Discussion: Twitchy
Wall Street Journal:
Tax on Billionaires' Unrealized Gains Will Likely Be in Budget Package, Democrats Say  —  The proposal, which would likely affect fewer than 1,000 of the wealthiest U.S. taxpayers, would help pay for Biden's social policy and climate legislation  —  WASHINGTON—A new annual tax …
 
 
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Erik Slavin / Stars & Stripes:
Ceremonies in French city mark 100 years of honoring American Unknown Soldier
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Axios:
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Associated Press:
Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own
Discussion: HotAir, Mother Jones and Balloon Juice
LZ Granderson / Yahoo News:
Condi Rice wants to ‘move on’ from Jan. 6. What does that even mean?
Discussion: RedState
Geeti Rahimi / TOLOnews:
Tehran to Host Regional Meeting on Afghanistan
CNN:
Afghanistan hurtling toward collapse, Sweden and Pakistan say
Washington Post:
Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in America
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Tech Transparency Project:
YouTube's Filter Bubble Problem is Worse for Fox News Viewers
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
True conservatives should support filibuster reform
Discussion: USA Today, Bloomberg and Fox News
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Why is Trump running for president again? To stay out of jail
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Raw Story