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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 …
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Mike Wright / Telegraph:   Facebook whistleblower warns company's encryption will aid espionage by hostile nations
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: HuffPost
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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.
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
DeSantis eyes $5,000 bonus for unvaccinated police to relocate to Florida
Discussion: HuffPost and Political Wire
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:
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
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 …
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: Insider and Bloomberg
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
Discussion: New York Magazine and Insider
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.
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The 9 most important days of Biden's presidency  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE GREAT MISMATCH: President JOE BIDEN's average approval rating is at a new low (43.4%), and his average disapproval rating is at a new high (50.7%), according to FiveThirtyEight.
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.
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.  —  Bo Dietl says on the phone to come by the South Street Seaport at six, where he'll be hosting a fund-raiser for Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee and all but assured next mayor of New York City.
Natalie Allison / Politico:
Disgraced former governor is recast as MAGA warrior in Senate bid  —  Former Gov. Eric Greitens is viewed by many Republicans as the candidate most likely to jeopardize a GOP-held Senate seat.  Yet he's leading in primary polls in Missouri.  —  The scandal-plagued former Missouri …
Discussion: Raw Story
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
How 4 Weeks of U.S. Paid Leave Would Compare With the Rest of the World  —  The U.S. is one of six countries with no national paid leave.  The Democrats have cut their plan to four weeks, which would still make it an outlier.  —  Congress is now considering four weeks of paid family and medical leave …
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
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
What We Learned, at the Town Hall  —  The press keeps asking about the ‘how’ of politics.  Citizens ask about the ‘what’ of governance.  —  This post is on what we learned about the presidency, about this president, and about the press, in the “Town Hall” session that Joe Biden had this past week …
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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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.
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Evangelical Church Is Breaking Apart
Discussion: Raw Story
Emily Waltz / Scientific American:
COVID Vaccine Makers Prepare for a Variant Worse than Delta
New York Times:
Remove a Confederate Statue? A Tennessee City Did This Instead.
Erik Slavin / Stars & Stripes:
Ceremonies in French city mark 100 years of honoring American Unknown Soldier
Discussion: Breitbart
Reuters:
Moscow decries U.S. move to call Russians ‘homeless’ for visa purposes
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Afghanistan hurtling toward collapse, Sweden and Pakistan say
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Race-blind redistricting? Democrats incredulous at GOP maps
Discussion: RedState
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Bar Association criticizes TV ad by GOP candidate for state Supreme Court
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
How Puerto Rico became the most vaccinated place in America
Discussion: abc7NY
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
I Was Hacked. The Spyware Used Against Me Makes Us All Vulnerable.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
The Rotten Core of the Republican Party
CNN:
Trump pick's messy personal life worries Senate Republicans desperate to hold on to Pennsylvania seat
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Their Jobs Made Them Get Vaccinated. They Refused.
Discussion: CBS New York
 

 
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
A case study of the creation of an AI-powered local “news” website, directed to produce partisan stories on a US Senate race; a Fiverr developer made it for $80

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

 
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