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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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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.
Discussion: Wired, more at Techmeme »
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
‘History Will Not Judge Us Kindly’
Mike Wright / Telegraph:   Facebook whistleblower warns company's encryption will aid espionage by hostile nations
BBC:
Sudan's civilian leaders arrested amid coup reports  —  Members of Sudan's transitional government and other civilian leaders have been arrested amid reports of a military coup.  —  Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok is among those reported to have been put under house arrest by unidentified soldiers.
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Khalid Abdelaziz / Reuters:
Ministers, party leaders detained in apparent coup in Sudan - sources
Discussion: Associated Press and WPTA21
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
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
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   Senate GOP rallies to Herschel Walker
CNN:   Trump pick's messy personal life worries Senate Republicans desperate to hold on to Pennsylvania seat
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
Discussion: Axios, Bloomberg and RedState
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: Washington Post and Political Wire
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
 
 
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CBS News:
Florida's top health official booted from meeting after refusing to put on mask
Discussion: Miami Herald, HuffPost and Axios
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Russia Challenges Biden Again With Broad Cybersurveillance Operation
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
How 4 Weeks of U.S. Paid Leave Would Compare With the Rest of the World
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.
Haaretz:
Defense Minister Benny Gantz at a conference in Tel-Aviv, in April. Credit: Moti Milrod
Discussion: Just Security
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
What We Learned, at the Town Hall
Emily Waltz / Scientific American:
COVID Vaccine Makers Prepare for a Variant Worse than Delta
 Earlier Items: 
Axios:
1 big thing: Schlapps see '24 Trump run
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
NBC Bay Area:
EXCLUSIVE: Two SF Prosecutors Quit & Join Effort to Oust Former Boss, District Attorney Chesa Boudin
Andrew Seidman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pa. Bar Association criticizes TV ad by GOP candidate for state Supreme Court
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