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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 »
Ellen Cushing / The Atlantic:
How Facebook Fails 90 Percent of Its Users  —  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 …
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
A whistleblower's power: Key takeaways from the Facebook Papers
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: Insider, HotAir and Sacramento Bee
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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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 …
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
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
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 …
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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
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Daily Beast
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges  —  Changes are part of Biden administration's treatment of cybersecurity as a critical national security issue  —  WASHINGTON—The State Department is planning to roll out organizational changes intended …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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: Althouse
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.
 
 
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘An outrage against democracy’: JFK's nephews urge Biden to reveal assassination records
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Judges Would Face Tougher Stock-Trading Rules Under Bipartisan Bill
Discussion: The Hill
Tami Luhby / CNN:
Lower premiums, more choices on Obamacare exchanges for 2022 as Democrats battle to extend generous subsidies
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Biden administration to announce plan for accelerating authorization of at-home Covid tests
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Reuters and HuffPost
Bryn Stole / Baltimore Sun:
U.S. Rep. Anthony G. Brown launching campaign for Maryland attorney general
 Earlier Items: 
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Republican spin on Biden is off the mark
Discussion: CNN
Boris Epshteyn / Newsweek:
Biden Administration Plans to Kill America's Energy Sector
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Senate GOP rallies to Herschel Walker
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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