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Washington Post:
Fight over teaching ‘Beloved’ book in schools becomes hot topic in Virginia governor's race  —  RICHMOND — A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from 1987 has suddenly become the hottest topic in the Virginia governor's race, as Republican Glenn Youngkin charged that Democrat Terry McAuliffe blocked parents …
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Philip Klein / National Review:
McAuliffe's Infamous ‘Parents’ Quip Wasn't a Gaffe — It's How Democrats Think  —  Terry McAuliffe made an extraordinary in-kind contribution to the campaign of his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, when he declared during their debate that, “I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
Discussion: BizPac Review and Joanne Jacobs
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.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Terry McAuliffe keeps inflating coronavirus numbers
Discussion: National Review, PolitiFact and IJR
USA Today:
McAuliffe and Youngkin are in a dead heat with one week to Virginia governor election, poll shows
Augusta Free Press:
VCU poll: Governor's race ‘too close to call’ with one week to go
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Top Democrats aim to strike a deal on Biden's social spending plan within hours  — Democratic leaders said they were closer than ever to reaching a deal on President Joe Biden's plan to invest in the social safety net and climate programs.  — Agreement on the bigger Democratic bill …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Threats, red lines and roadblocks stand in way of a deal
Discussion: Roll Call, The Nation and NBC News
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Feeling Berned: Sanders insists on Medicare expansion, drug pricing for reconciliation
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and The Hill
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Sanders draws red lines on Medicare expansion, drug pricing plan in spending bill
Discussion: Common Dreams
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Gizmodo:
Hey, Kid, Wanna See Some Leaked Facebook Docs?  —  The “Facebook Papers” release is ongoing.  Here, we'll keep you up to speed on all the latest documents and developments.  —  Alerts  —  You've probably seen the deluge of damning news stories about Facebook from multiple outlets this past week.
Associated Press:
Facebook froze as anti-vaccine comments swarmed users
Discussion: Popular Information and WPTA21
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
At least five former Trump White House staffers are talking to the House January 6 committee  —  Pelosi: Those who defy Jan 6 subpoenas should go to jail  —  (CNN)At least five former Trump administration staffers have voluntarily spoken with the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, CNN has learned.
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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Birx: Trump adviser squeezed out health officials to downplay seriousness of Covid-19
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Exclusive: Billionaires back new media firm to combat disinformation  —  A new public benefit corporation backed by billionaires Reid Hoffman, George Soros, and others is launching Tuesday to fund new media companies and efforts that tackle disinformation.  —  Why it matters …
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Stacy St. Clair / Chicago Tribune:
Men shot by Rittenhouse can be described as ‘rioters’ and ‘looters’ but not ‘victims,’ judge rules ahead of trial  —  Kyle Rittenhouse's lawyers can refer to the men he shot as “rioters” and “looters,” but prosecutors still may not call them “victims” at any time during the teen's upcoming murder trial, a judge ruled Monday.
Zaid Jilani / New York Times:
John McWhorter Argues That Antiracism Has Become a Religion of the Left … When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission.  —  WOKE RACISM  —  How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America  —  Growing up in the 1990s, I was raised to be optimistic about American society.
Discussion: Althouse
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
U.S. Gives Harshest Public Rebuke Yet on Israeli Settlement Plans  —  In discreet talks held by senior government officials and the Prime Minister's office, U.S. State Department expresses ‘deep concern’ over plans to build 3,100 new units in the West Bank and opening bids up for over 1,300 further units
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 …
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
‘Reasonable questions’ over financing of Donald Trump's Scottish resorts, court hears  —  There are “reasonable questions” surrounding the money used by Donald Trump to purchase his Scottish properties and the continuing source of the wealth used for their financing, a court has heard.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
The Department of Justice Is Letting the Coup Plotters Get Away  —  While Congress is investigating the events of January 6, why isn't the DOJ doing the same—and more?  —  Early yesterday, Rolling Stone published an explosive report which claims two of the people who helped plan the January 6 …
Kevin Mooney / Washington Examiner:
Greenpeace co-founder joins climate change skeptics  —  Polar bears would not exist today without climate change, and they may even be thriving because of current climate trends.  That's what the co-founder of Greenpeace told scientists, economists, and academics who took part …
Media Matters for America:
Pushing election lies, TPUSA audience member asks Charlie Kirk when they can “use the guns” and “kill these people”  —  Audience member to Charlie Kirk: “When do we get to use the guns? ...  That's not a joke.  I'm not saying it like that.  I mean, literally, where's the line?
Discussion: Alternet.org, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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 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
Discussion: ACA Signups
Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
Why I'll Keep Saying ‘Pregnant Women’  —  Who can get pregnant?  It sounds like a trick question.  For centuries, English speakers have talked about “pregnant women” without a second thought, but a vocal and growing movement wants to replace that phrase with the more inclusive pregnant people.
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
Could Reconciliation Deliver a Tax Cut to the Rich?  —  While much of the discussion surrounding the Build Back Better reconciliation package has focused on tax increases on the rich, the final legislation could potentially deliver a tax cut to high-income households - at least in the first two years.
New York Times:
Faster Buses on 5th Avenue?  Not if Business Leaders Get Their Way.  —  A busway in the heart of Manhattan is now uncertain after a major real estate developer expressed opposition to the plans to Mayor Bill de Blasio.  —  On the second Friday in October, Mayor Bill de Blasio met at City Hall …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Why do they keep inflating the Jan. 6 body count?  —  Democrats are inflating the Capitol riot body count.  Again.  —  Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said this week the Jan. 6 attack on Congress left “almost 10 dead.”  —  For the record, exactly one person …
Discussion: Washington Post
Susan Rinkunas / Jezebel:
Facebook Employees Ripped Sheryl Sandberg Over Exec Hosting a Party for Brett Kavanaugh  —  In an internal message, Sandberg said it was totally fine for Joel Kaplan to throw the Supreme Court Justice a party and attend his swearing-in.  —  Alerts  —  On the day that eventual Supreme Court …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Houston vs. Atlanta Is Rob Manfred's Nightmare World Series  —  The MLB commissioner yanked the All-Star Game out of Atlanta and punished the Astros for their cheating scandal.  Fans are not expected to be forgiving in either city.  —  HOUSTON—Sometime in the next week or so …
 
 
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Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Washington Field Office and U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service's Office of Special Investigations Seek Information Regarding Serial …
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