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8:50 AM ET, October 26, 2021

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Washington Post:
Democrats quietly scramble to include immigration provision in social spending bill  —  Democrats are scrambling intensely behind-the-scenes to address immigration in the framework they are crafting to expand the nation's social safety net, according to people with knowledge of the situation …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden's new problem on the left  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  A SIGN OF THE TIMES — ELON MUSK, the wealthiest man in the world, is now worth more than Exxon Mobil, per Bloomberg.  —  GRUMBLING ON THE LEFT — President JOE BIDEN might be finally homing in on a deal with Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.), the elusive moderate.
Discussion: Reuters, Political Wire and WTOP
Politico:   Liberals grit teeth as their priorities fall by wayside
NBC News:
Manchin puts paid family leave, Medicare vouchers on spending bill chopping block
Discussion: MSNBC and The Hill
USA Today:
McAuliffe and Youngkin are in a dead heat with one week to Virginia governor election, poll shows  —  Phillip M. Bailey David JacksonUSA TODAY  —  Virginia's bellwether race for governor remains close in the final stretch of a campaign that is testing President Joe Biden's sagging approval numbers going into the 2022 midterms.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republican Leaders Could Still Stop Trump.  They Just Don't Want To.  Trump wants to take over.  Republicans just want party unity.  —  If Terry McAuliffe holds on to defeat Glenn Youngkin in the Virginia governor's race, a large number of Republicans will blame Donald Trump.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Politico:
‘This could be the ballgame:’ Biden goes all-in on Virginia  —  Joe Biden and Democrats know they won't be able to spin a loss in Virginia.  So they're raising the stakes of the election instead.  —  Biden is back stumping for Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday as he tries to hold off Glenn Youngkin …
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.
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Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
In case at center of political firestorm, judge finds teen committed sexual assault in Virginia school bathroom  —  In a case that has generated a political firestorm, a Virginia juvenile court judge found sufficient evidence during a trial Monday to sustain charges that a teen sexually assaulted …
Washington Post:
Five points for anger, one for a ‘like’: How Facebook's formula fostered rage and misinformation … Five years ago, Facebook gave its users five new ways to react to a post in their news feed beyond the iconic “like” thumbs-up: “love,” “haha,” “wow,” “sad” and “angry.”
Discussion: Wired and Insider, more at Techmeme »
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 …
Washington Post:
In advance of climate summit, tension among Biden aides on China policy  —  In the early summer, with less than five months to go before a critical United Nations climate conference in Scotland, John F. Kerry told President Biden that he wouldn't achieve his goal of tackling climate change …
Discussion: New York Times, NPR and HotAir
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege  —  The White House is rejecting more claims of executive privilege from former President Trump over documents requested by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, directing the National Archives …
Washington Post:
Immigration arrests fell to lowest level in more than a decade during fiscal 2021, ICE data shows  —  Immigration arrests in the interior of the United States fell in fiscal 2021 to the lowest level in more than a decade — roughly half the annual totals recorded during the Trump administration …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Covid Cases Keep Falling  —  Covid cases have been falling in every region of the U.S., offering hope.  —  It is time for one of The Morning's occasional updates on the state of the pandemic.  Today's is focused on the U.S. and organized around three main points.  —  1. Covid's retreat continues
Steve Gorman / Reuters:
Texas governor signs bill banning transgender girls from female sports in schools  —  Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed into law a bill banning transgender girls from participating in female sports at public schools, joining a wave of similar measures emerging from Republican-controlled statehouses across the country.
David Koenig / Associated Press:
Miles donations are providing flights for Afghan refugees  —  A campaign that began with ordinary people donating frequent-flyer miles has raised enough in two months to provide 40,000 flights for refugees from Afghanistan, and organizers and the White House are looking to nearly double that figure.
Discussion: CNN and WPTA21
Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:
Want to Know More About Critical Race Theory?  Look at Virginia's Schools—For More Than 75 Years  —  Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin was raised on official, state-taught racism.  I should know.  So was I.  —  Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has decided …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Pence to deliver address on ‘educational freedom’ in Virginia
Discussion: Fox News and DCist
Financial Times:
Amazon strikes deal with UK spy agencies to host top-secret material  —  Cloud contract for GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 with US tech group aims to speed analysis but likely to ignite sovereignty fears  —  The UK's three spy agencies have contracted AWS, Amazon's cloud computing arm …
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
Weekly Update: #COVID19 case & death rates by county, partisan lean & vaccination rate  —  Here's the weekly look at the rate of COVID-19 cases & deaths at the county level since the end of June, broken out by partisan lean (i.e, what percent of the vote Donald Trump received in 2020).
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Thanksgiving Food Prices Increase as Supply Chain Costs Rise  —  Nearly every ingredient, from the turkey to the after-dinner coffee, is expected to cost more, for a host of reasons.  —  Thanksgiving 2021 could be the most expensive meal in the history of the holiday.
Discussion: Twitchy and Gawker
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
15 races to watch on Election Day  —  New York City's mayor.  New Jersey's governor.  Boston's mayor.  And a primary that will surely decide the future of a Democratic stronghold House seat in Florida.  —  Election Day 2021 is an “off year” across the U.S., and it has mostly drawn attention …
Jared Marcel Pollen / Quillette:
‘Woke Racism’—A Review  —  A review of Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America by John McWhorter.  Portfolio, 224 pages.  (October, 2021)  —  If you had told someone a decade ago—after the election of the first black president, and in anticipation …
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 …
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Jury Selection In The “Unite The Right” White Supremacist Trial Involved A Lot Of Arguing Over Antifa  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Much of the first day of a long-awaited trial to hold two dozen white supremacist figures and groups accountable for the violent “Unite the Right” …
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Why is Anthony Fauci trying to kill my puppy?  —  My family recently got a new puppy, a strong-willed and mouthy but ultimately lovable little nipper.  We named him Bernie Sanders.  —  Unfortunately, though, I can't take Bernie out on walks.  Here in the capital, we have a puppy killer on the loose …
Ryan Burge / New York Times:
Why ‘Evangelical’ Is Becoming Another Word for ‘Republican’  —  Mr. Burge, an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, has written extensively about the interaction of religion and politics.  —  The conventional wisdom about religion …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
A Scottish Judge Could Expose Donald Trump's Shady Golf Finances  —  Donald Trump has long seemed to offer conflicting financial pictures to the U.S. and U.K. when it comes to his Scottish golf courses.  A judge might be able to offer new insight.  —  A judge in Scotland will hold …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
John Nichols / The Nation:
Joe Manchin's Surefire Strategy to Ensure That Democrats Lose in 2022  —  If Democrats appease Manchin and fail to act on the climate crisis, they will lose a vital appeal to the young voters they need to win.  —  If Joe Manchin gets what he wants in negotiations with the Biden White House …
Discussion: New York Magazine
 
 
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Steven Nelson / New York Post:
‘Swear to god, true story,’ Biden says as he tells ‘false’ Amtrak story for 5th time
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Fox News and IJR
Suzy Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
First Comes Love. Then Comes Sterilization.
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Confirms Longtime Voting Rights Attorney To Federal Court Seat
Discussion: NBC News
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Releases Updated 2020 Hate Crime Statistics
Discussion: The Hill and CBS News
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
Soros Bankrolls Far-Left Group at Heart of Anti-Semitism Scandal
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Kate Scanlon / Washington Examiner:
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Clyde fined by House Ethics Committee for breaking mask rules
Discussion: National Review
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Friction between Senate and DeSantis grows
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Billionaire Leon Black Is Being Investigated by the Manhattan D.A., Sources Say
Discussion: New York Post
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Montanans used to live and let live. Today bitter confrontations dim Big Sky Country.
Discussion: Press Watch
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Rep. Mo Brooks says he wasn't involved in planning Jan. 6 rally before U.S. Capitol riot
 

 
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Andrew Buncombe / The Guardian:
A look at efforts to revive the community newspaper The Black Lens in Spokane, WA, as a printed monthly distributed by the Spokesman-Review for now

Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Radio Ambulante's cofounders on the launch of Radio Ambulante Records, the podcast company's label, which they see as a community building exercise

Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
Payroll provider Cast & Crew says California is disputing the common Hollywood practice of paying workers through loan-out companies instead of directly

 
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