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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. …
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.
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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 …
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 …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook Debates What to Do With Its Like and Share Buttons  —  Likes and shares made the social media site what it is.  Now, company documents show, it's struggling to deal with their effects.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In 2019, Facebook researchers began a new study of one of the social network's foundational features: the Like button.
Discussion: Wired and Politico, more at Techmeme »
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
A whistleblower's power: Key takeaways from the Facebook Papers … A personal decision by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leads to a crackdown on dissent in Vietnam.  Measures to suppress hateful, deceptive content are lifted after the American presidential election in 2020 …
Ellen Cushing / The Atlantic:
How Facebook Failed the World  —  In the fall of 2019, Facebook launched a massive effort to combat the use of its platforms for human trafficking.  Working around the clock, its employees searched Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram for keywords and hashtags that promoted domestic servitude in the Middle East and elsewhere.
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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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
What drives Sinema?  A different view of politics  —  Analysis: Democrats can't pass the ‘Build Back Better’ agenda in spite of the Arizona senator.  They have to work with her.  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats in Washington and across the country have been wondering the same thing for months …
Discussion: HotAir, Sacramento Bee and WTOP
John Lucas / The Federalist:
How The Rachel Levine ‘Four-Star Admiral’ Photo-Op Will Damage U.S. Security  —  While maneuvering his Third Army to relieve Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, Gen. George Patton would have been outranked by ‘first transgender admiral’ Rachel Levine.  —  To great public fanfare …
Discussion: Insider
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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.
Discussion: New York Post
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: HotAir, BizPac Review and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
What Cancel Culture Is—and Isn't  —  Don't underestimate the chilling effect.  —  (PHOTOS: SHUTTERSTOCK)  —  Not a day goes by, it seems, without another “cancel culture” story: the backlash against Dave Chapelle's new Netflix standup special from transgender activists …
BBC:
Sudan's military dissolves civilian government and arrests leaders  —  Sudan's military has dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and declared a state of emergency.  —  Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan, who had been heading a joint council with civilian leaders, blamed political infighting.
Tom Burt / Microsoft On the Issues:
New activity from Russian actor Nobelium  —  Tom Burt - Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust  —  Today, we're sharing the latest activity we've observed from the Russian nation-state actor Nobelium.  This is the same actor behind the cyberattacks targeting SolarWinds customers …
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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: Washington Examiner and Raw Story
Mitch Hotts / Macomb Daily:
Macomb County GOP on board with Trump election conspiracy theory  —  Party says ex-president won election by ‘wide margin’ in endorsing two state candidates  —  The Macomb County Republican Party is on-board with former President Donald Trump's assertions that 2020 presidential election …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Sarah Mucha / Axios:
McAuliffe pivots to schools  —  In the closing weeks of their closely watched Virginia gubernatorial race, Terry McAuliffe is going after Glenn Youngkin on unlikely ground — public education — as he tries to reverse the Republican's surprisingly strong challenge.
Jack Newman / Daily Mail:
Conservative pundit Candace Owens attacks Alec Baldwin over accidental shooting calling it ‘poetic justice’ for his previous criticism of Donald Trump  — Owens said Baldwin spent four years painting Trump and his fans as ‘murderers’  — The actor portrayed the president on SNL and repeatedly slammed his politics
Discussion: The Daily Beast and First Draft
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 and IJR
Jerry Zremski / Buffalo News:
Real?  Absolutely.  Resilient?  You bet.  But some wonder: Is India Walton ready?  —  In South Buffalo on a recent Saturday evening, India B. Walton, all 4 feet, 11 inches of her, filled a tent with her passion and her presence - and kept the first promise of her campaign slogan.
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.
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 …
American Greatness:
Ground Zero of Woke  —  Universities are making themselves not just disliked and disreputable but ultimately irrelevant and replaceable.  —  Many of our once revered and most hallowed institutions are failing us.  To mention only the most significant ones: our top-ranking military echelon …
Bryn Stole / Baltimore Sun:
U.S. Rep. Anthony G. Brown launching campaign for Maryland attorney general  —  U.S. Rep. Anthony G. Brown, a Prince George's County Democrat and former lieutenant governor, will run for attorney general of Maryland next year.  —  Brown, 59, is the first major Democratic candidate to jump …
Tami Luhby / CNN:
Lower premiums, more choices on Obamacare exchanges for 2022 as Democrats battle to extend generous subsidies  —  (CNN)Consumers shopping for health coverage on the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges can likely find lower premiums and more choices for 2022 — as well as generous government assistance …
Washington Post:
Inside PhRMA's fight to kill Democrats' drug pricing plan  —  Good morning, Early Birds.  Please share your suggestions for what Theo should make with the dozens and dozens of apples he picked the other weekend — and also your tips!  And if you have to choose between sending a recipe …
Discussion: Jacobin, Politico and Common Dreams
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: CNN
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
How a secretive conservative group influenced ‘populist’ Trump's tax cuts  —  Recordings from a 2019 panel discussion of the Council for National Policy reveal tax cuts were sparked by personal conversations  —  Documents and recordings obtained by the Guardian shed new light on a powerful …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
 
 
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘An outrage against democracy’: JFK's nephews urge Biden to reveal assassination records
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Bloomberg:
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Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
John Kerry Holds $1 Million Stake in Equity Fund Linked To Uyghur Labor Abuse
Discussion: Instapundit
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Biden administration to announce plan for accelerating authorization of at-home Covid tests
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Senate GOP rallies to Herschel Walker
Discussion: The Hill
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
How 4 Weeks of U.S. Paid Leave Would Compare With the Rest of the World
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.
Haaretz:
A Stain Upon Israel
Discussion: Just Security
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
What We Learned, at the Town Hall
Discussion: The Dispatch
Emily Waltz / Scientific American:
COVID Vaccine Makers Prepare for a Variant Worse than Delta
Fatma Khaled / Newsweek:
Ron DeSantis Planning $5K Bonus for Unvaccinated Police to Relocate to Florida
Axios:
1 big thing: Schlapps see '24 Trump run