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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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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Birx testifies that Trump's White House failed to take steps to prevent more virus deaths.  —  Dr. Deborah Birx, who helped run the coronavirus pandemic response for former President Donald J. Trump, told congressional investigators earlier this month that Mr. Trump's White House failed …
Erin Doherty / Axios:
Birx: Trump White House could have reduced COVID deaths by 30 to 40%
Discussion: Insider and IJR
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Birx: Trump adviser squeezed out health officials to downplay seriousness of Covid-19
Washington Post:
Five points for anger, one for a ‘like’: How Facebook's formula fostered rage and misinformation … Five years ago, Facebook gave its users five new ways to react to a post in their news feed beyond the iconic “like” thumbs-up: “love,” “haha,” “wow,” “sad” and “angry.”
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Gizmodo:
Hey, Kid, Wanna See Some Leaked Facebook Docs?
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Threats, red lines and roadblocks stand in way of a deal
Discussion: CBS News, Bloomberg and The Nation
Emily Alford / Jezebel:
Dave Chappelle Says Hannah Gadsby Is ‘Not Funny.’ The Laughter At Her Show Taping Suggests Otherwise  —  “Not only did I laugh, but I laughed so hard I might have peed a little,” one audience member told Jezebel.  —  Alerts  —  As Dave Chappelle moves into his third week of defending his Netflix special …
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Carron J. Phillips / Deadspin:
Kyrie Irving and Dave Chappelle are being used as Black ‘pawns’ on a white chessboard  —  It's like watching two amateurs setting themselves up to fall victim to the Queen's Gambit  —  Kyrie Irving and Dave Chappelle are getting played.  —  This isn't a battle of free speech or free will.
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.”
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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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 …
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.
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
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.
Laura Field / New Republic:
Pro-Trump Professors Are Plotting an Authoritarian Comeback  —  On Halloween, the second National Conservatism conference, or NatCon II, will kick off in Orlando, Florida.  It is hard to know quite what to make of the lineup for the three-day fest, which boasts a few household names …
Discussion: Raw Story and The American Mind
Miami Herald:
Ron DeSantis' seeks COVID vaccine mandate special session  —  Nothing can hide Florida's descent into Crazyville.  Not the “Don't Tread on Florida” alligator signs held by Gov. Ron DeSantis' supporters at his latest COVID-19 policy proposal announcement.  Not the state's new Ivy League …
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Manchin: I Convinced Biden That IRS Monitoring $600 Bank Transactions Is “Screwed Up” And Won't Be In The Final Bill  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, one of two Democratic holdouts still negotiating with the Biden administration about the “Build Back Better” budget bill, told the Economic Club of Washington …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin describes sexual assault by US senator  —  Revelation of incident ‘buried’ by Abedin contained in new memoir Both/And, to be published next week  —  Huma Abedin, a longtime close aide to Hillary Clinton, has written in a new book that she was sexually assaulted …
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
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate  —  The White House is privately telling lawmakers the climate portion of President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending plan is “mostly settled” and will likely cost more than $500 billion, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.
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
cnas.org:
The Poison Frog Strategy  —  Preventing a Chinese Fait Accompli Against Taiwanese Islands … Introduction  —  How could Taiwan and the United States respond if China seized one of Taiwan's outlying islands, such as Pratas/Dongsha (hereafter Dongsha) in the South China Sea?
Discussion: Washington Post, UPI and CNN
Politico:
Man arrested for allegedly threatening Matt Gaetz  —  A man was arrested last week for allegedly making a death threat to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) earlier this year, just days after the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.  —  Authorities arrested Eugene Huelsman last week in the Los Angeles area …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Raw Story and Law & Crime
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
Washington Post:
FDA advisers back Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for ages 5 to 11, saying benefits outweigh risks  —  More than 10 months after U.S. adults started receiving coronavirus vaccines, the nation's younger children moved significantly closer to getting a shot of protection when advisers …
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.
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, Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
Pew Research Center:
Growing share of Americans say they want more spending on police in their area  —  Amid mounting public concern about violent crime in the United States, Americans' attitudes about police funding in their own community have shifted significantly.  —  The share of adults who say spending …
Discussion: Insider and The Daily Caller
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 …
CNN:
'It's absolutely getting worse': Secretaries of state targeted by Trump election lies live in fear for their safety and are desperate for protection  —  (CNN)"I am a hunter — and I think you should be hunted," a woman can be heard saying in a voicemail left for Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in September.
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Brian Lopez / The Texas Tribune:
Texas House committee to investigate school districts' books on race and sexuality  —  Rep. Matt Krause, a candidate for state attorney general, asks school superintendents to confirm whether any books on a list of 850 titles are in their libraries and classrooms.  —  Copy link
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
Republicans Are Manufacturing Fake Fraud  —  Republicans have an election fraud problem.  No matter how hard they look, they can't seem to find any.  To say that voter fraud is vanishingly rare in this country is to overstate its frequency.  —  The crown jewel of right-wing fraud propaganda …
Matt Labash / Slack Tide:
Dead Subjects  —  When pages get ripped from your Book of the Living  —  By now, readers of these missives have likely ascertained that I have no ambitions to become a Media Empire.  While I strongly encourage you to keep those subscriptions coming - Daddy's medicine, Maker's Mark …
Associated Press:
Elon Musk slams Biden over his new billionaires' tax and warns 'eventually they run out of other people's money and come for you' - as his wealth surges by $36bn thanks to Hertz deal that saw Tesla's value hit $1 TRILLION  — Elon Musk panned President Biden's plan to impose a tax on billionaires
Discussion: New York Post and Gizmodo
 
 
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Susan Rinkunas / Jezebel:
Facebook Employees Ripped Sheryl Sandberg Over Exec Hosting a Party for Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Mooney / Washington Examiner:
Greenpeace co-founder joins climate change skeptics
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Why do they keep inflating the Jan. 6 body count?
Discussion: Washington Post
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
Could Reconciliation Deliver a Tax Cut to the Rich?
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Tiny Nicaragua is becoming a big problem for Joe Biden
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Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
The Oath Keepers Next Door
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Bainum unveils plans for new ‘Baltimore Banner’ news site — and hires Kimi Yoshino, a top L.A. Times editor, to run it
New York Times:
Faster Buses on 5th Avenue? Not if Business Leaders Get Their Way.
Avi Mayer / Yahoo News:
Hate is on the rise: Antisemitism surges on America's far left and far right.
Discussion: NPR and Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Justin Jouvenal / Washington Post:
In case at center of political firestorm, judge finds teen committed sexual assault in Virginia school bathroom