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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 …
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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.
Robby Soave / Reason:
The Facebook Papers Are a Big Fat Nothingburger  —  More than a dozen mainstream media organizations published reports today on the so-called Facebook Papers, a trove of internal company documents obtained and released by former Facebook employee Frances Haugen.  The headlines promised dramatic revelations and damning indictments.
Ellen Cushing / The Atlantic:
How Facebook Fails 90 Percent of Its Users
Associated Press:
Apple once threatened Facebook ban over Mideast maid abuse
Discussion: CNN, more at Techmeme »
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Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:   Want to Know More About Critical Race Theory? Look at Virginia's Schools—For More Than 75 Years
Kate Scanlon / Washington Examiner:
James Carville: ‘I hate guys like Glenn Youngkin’
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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Politico:
What's still in the Dem megabill? Cheat sheet on 12 big topics
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook PM: Where's Bernie?
Ellise Shafer / Variety:
Dave Chappelle Willing to Discuss ‘The Closer’ With Trans Community, but Says He's 'Not Bending to Anybody's Demands' … Dave Chappelle has spoken out about the controversy over his Netflix special “The Closer” in a new stand-up video, saying that he is willing to meet with transgender Netflix employees …
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Rep. Mo Brooks says he wasn't involved in planning Jan. 6 rally before U.S. Capitol riot  —  U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said Monday he did not help plan a Jan. 6 rally that preceded an attack on the U.S. Capitol that involved the deaths of at least five people and injuries to hundreds more.
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Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
AOC Calls for Expulsion of Any Members of Congress Involved in Planning January 6 Riot  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for the expulsion of any member of Congress who helped plan the storming of the U.S. Capitol after a bombshell report alleged that several Republican lawmakers had co-ordinated with rally organizers.
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Jr. Is Hawking Shockingly Tacky ‘Alec Baldwin Kills People’ T-Shirts  —  The Trump son also posted a photoshopped pic of Baldwin wearing one of the Ts, three days after the accidental and fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins.  —  It's only been three days since Alec Baldwin accidentally shot …
Steph Bazzle / HillReporter.com:
[Exclusive] [PIC] Ron DeSantis Accused of Attending Drinking Party With Students At High School Where He Taught  —  After college and before law school, Ron DeSantis spent a year teaching history at a high school in Georgia.  According to a source with close knowledge of the matter …
Discussion: Twitchy and Page Array
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The party of thugs  —  In 2020, Joe Biden repeatedly insisted that once Donald Trump departed office the Republican Party would become more reasonable.  Instead, it has become even more of a party of thugs, where basic norms of polite behavior are held in contempt.
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Deficit shrinks in the first year of Joe Biden's presidency
Discussion: Washington Times
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Montanans used to live and let live.  Today bitter confrontations dim Big Sky Country.  —  KALISPELL, Mont. — By the time the third teenager had died by suicide since the start of the school year, the Flathead Valley was desperate for unity.  The community had been jittery for months.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Billionaire Leon Black Is Being Investigated by the Manhattan D.A., Sources Say  —  Two former models have met with prosecutors following claims of rape and sexual assault against the former “best friend” of Jeffrey Epstein.  —  Last week the mandarins of high finance assembled at the Beverly Hilton …
Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
First on CNN: Biden administration expected to name GOP official who challenged Trump's lies to key election security role  —  Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is expected to name Kim Wyman, a Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud …
Christina Zhao / Newsweek:
Cowboys for Trump Founder Turns on Trump in Conference Speech Over Capitol Riot Charges  —  Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin, who is facing charges in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot, has turned on the former president in a conference speech for abandoning January 6 rioters and failing to deliver on a campaign promise.
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos, Mediaite and IJR
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Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
Republicans, once hesitant to back Herschel Walker, rally to support football star and Senate candidate  —  Republicans are coalescing around the Senate candidacy of former football star Herschel Walker, a Donald Trump favorite who once gave the GOP pause over allegations that he threatened …
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Allahpundit / HotAir:
Senate GOP rallies to Herschel Walker
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Kos
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Are Vaccine Boosters Widely Needed?  Some Federal Advisers Have Misgivings.  —  “In our hearts, I think people don't quite agree with this notion of a booster dose,” said one leading vaccine expert.  —  Following a series of endorsements over the last month by scientific panels advising federal agencies …
Discussion: HotAir, The Daily Caller and Althouse
Politico:
Jan. 6 investigators privately question Bannon associate  —  Dustin Stockton, a conservative activist linked to Steve Bannon, is fielding questions Monday from congressional investigators scrutinizing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, according to two sources familiar with the interview.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Trump team and Fox News alleged dead voters.  Most cases were either debunked or actually involved Republicans.  —  President Donald Trump and those around him threw a multitude of voter-fraud conspiracy theories at the wall after the 2020 election.  And few were as pervasive as the idea …
Dean Obeidallah / MSNBC:
Texas Republicans found another way to empower the white vote  —  Last week, the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature approved new maps redrawing congressional and state legislative districts that effectively carve out districts to hold on to conservative white power.
Margaret Renkl / New York Times:
Leaf Blowers Destroy the Environment  —  Ms. Renkl is a contributing Opinion writer who covers flora, fauna, politics and culture in the American South.  —  NASHVILLE — Into these perfect October afternoons, when light gleams on the red dogwood berries and the blue arrowwood berries …
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Biden's latest tax-the-rich scheme would be an unworkable and possibly unconstitutional mess  —  The Biden administration's idea to tax billionaires' unrealized capital gains may sound good to the tax-the-rich crowd.  In practice, it would be an unworkable and arguably unconstitutional mess that could harm everyone.
Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
God, Trump and the Closed-Door World of a Major Conservative Group  —  What internal recordings and documents reveal about the Council for National Policy — and the future of the Republican Party  —  In October 2015, Donald Trump was still a laugh line for right-wing Christian activists.
Discussion: The Guardian
Revolver:
Meet Ray Epps: The Fed-Protected Provocateur Who Appears To Have Led The Very First 1/6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol  —  Experience Revolver without ads … In a House hearing on Thursday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) questioned AG Merrick Garland about a mysterious man, Ray Epps …
Discussion: Raw Story
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Friction between Senate and DeSantis grows  —  Presented by Florida Education Champions  —  Hello and welcome to Monday.  —  Here we go — So there's another front opening up in Florida's mask wars, and this time Senate President Wilton Simpson is defending his turf against the administration of GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Allison Mollenkamp / Maryland Matters:
Prince George's County Police Resist Release of Misconduct Records, Despite Law Change  —  The Prince George's County Police Department has refused to disclose police misconduct records, despite a new state law that was intended, according to its sponsor, to open such records to the public and the media.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Ron DeSantis Goes All In on Vaccine Skepticism No more playing coy.  —  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been trying to walk the same line with the anti-vaccine movement that he has with Donald Trump.  He recognizes an important constituency within his party that alienates a majority …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
 
 
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Spencer Kimball / CNBC:
Business groups ask White House to delay Biden Covid vaccine mandate until after the holidays
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Here's the FBI's Internal Guide for Getting Data from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
Discussion: Reason
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
Will Biden Rescue Vulnerable Student Borrowers From Default?
Discussion: Eschaton
Lois Weiss / New York Post:
De Blasio's bid to rid NYC of Trump name could cost taxpayers over $30M
Discussion: HotAir
Washington Examiner:
The Biden Left's totalitarianism
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Private equity, hedge funds accounted for over $625 million in political spending during 2020 campaign, study says
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Clare Ansberry / Wall Street Journal:
Young People Say Disconnect Keeps Them From Church
Discussion: Raw Story
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges
Discussion: CNN, more at Techmeme »
American Greatness:
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Tom Burt / Microsoft On the Issues:
New activity from Russian actor Nobelium
BBC:
Sudan's military dissolves civilian government and arrests leaders