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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.
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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 …
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 …
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
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
A whistleblower's power: Key takeaways from the Facebook Papers
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. …
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Khaleda Rahman / Newsweek:
AOC Calls for Expulsion of Any Members of Congress Involved in Planning January 6 Riot  —  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for the expulsion of any member of Congress who helped plan the storming of the U.S. Capitol after a bombshell report alleged that several Republican lawmakers had co-ordinated with rally organizers.
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
What drives Sinema? A different view of politics
Discussion: Insider, HotAir and Associated Press
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.
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Garrett Epps / Washington Monthly:   Want to Know More About Critical Race Theory? Look at Virginia's Schools—For More Than 75 Years
Kate Scanlon / Washington Examiner:
James Carville: ‘I hate guys like Glenn Youngkin’
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: Fox News and New York Post
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Mychael Schnell / The Hill:
Liberty University threatened to punish students who reported being raped with conduct violations: report
Discussion: Washington Examiner and HotAir
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 …
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
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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 …
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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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: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Clare Ansberry / Wall Street Journal:
Young People Say Disconnect Keeps Them From Church  —  Half of people between 13 and 25 surveyed by a nonprofit said they felt out of sync with their houses of worship on race, gender, immigration and more  —  Several religious denominations have seen memberships fall in recent years, including among young adults and teens.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Washington Examiner:
The Biden Left's totalitarianism  —  “Consider a country where a leader is elected in a free and fair election and then sets about chipping away slowly but surely at the pillars of democracy,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a recent speech in Ecuador .
Issues & Insights:
Epic Fail: Vaccination Rates Now Lower Than When Biden Took Office  —  President Joe Biden continues to insist that his vaccine mandates have been a roaring success.  The truth is far different.  In fact, the only thing the mandate seems to have increased is the labor shortage and supply-chain crisis.
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: Washington Post
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
White House's new guidance for international travelers includes stricter testing requirements for unvaccinated Americans  —  The Biden administration released new guidance governing international travelers flying to the United States on Monday, affecting both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens.
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.
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: IJR and Insider
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
Associated Press:
Apple once threatened Facebook ban over Mideast maid abuse  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two years ago, Apple threatened to pull Facebook and Instagram from its app store over concerns about the platform being used as a tool to trade and sell maids in the Mideast.
Discussion: CNN, more at Techmeme »
 
 
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Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Border Patrol Repeatedly Gave Agents Light Punishments, Report Finds
Discussion: CNN
Lois Weiss / New York Post:
De Blasio's bid to rid NYC of Trump name could cost taxpayers over $30M
Discussion: HotAir
Liz Peek / Fox News:
Biden vs. Americans - his priorities, like climate change, ignore top worries of most voters
Jacob Gardenswartz / The American Independent:
Republican leaders support jobless benefits — for the unvaccinated
Discussion: Washington Post and HotAir
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Private equity, hedge funds accounted for over $625 million in political spending during 2020 campaign, study says
Discussion: Insider
American Greatness:
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Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
How a secretive conservative group influenced ‘populist’ Trump's tax cuts
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
What Cancel Culture Is—and Isn't
Jerry Zremski / Buffalo News:
Real? Absolutely. Resilient? You bet. But some wonder: Is India Walton ready?
Bryn Stole / Baltimore Sun:
U.S. Rep. Anthony G. Brown launching campaign for Maryland attorney general
Haaretz:
A Stain Upon Israel
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The House passes a TikTok divestiture bill with a longer sale deadline as part of a package of Ukraine/Israel aid bills, pressuring the Senate to vote on TikTok

Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
President Biden signs the bill reauthorizing FISA's Section 702, extending the controversial warrantless surveillance program through 2026

Financial Times:
Sources: seeking an edge over China in AI deals, the Biden administration is brokering talks between US companies and the UAE, including Microsoft's G42 deal

 
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