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10:55 PM ET, October 26, 2021

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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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Katherine Fung / Newsweek:
Birx Estimates Trump Admin Could Have Prevented 30 to 40 Percent of COVID Deaths
Discussion: Vanity Fair and IJR
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Scott Atlas defends COVID work, slams Deborah Birx testimony as ‘Orwellian attempt to rewrite history’
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Birx: Trump adviser squeezed out health officials to downplay seriousness of Covid-19
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 …
Washington Post:
‘Definitely not the results we want’: Facebook staff lamented ‘perverse incentives’ for media … In November 2018, the staff of Facebook's fledgling Civic Integrity department got a look at some eye-opening internal research — presented under an image of two goats locking horns.
Discussion: Wired
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Gizmodo:
Hey, Kid, Wanna See Some Leaked Facebook Docs?
Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Minimum Tax Resurfaces as Democrats Hunt for Money  —  Senators offer updated plan to impose minimum levies on profitable corporations; key moderate lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema endorses proposal  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats announced a 15% minimum tax on large companies' income on Tuesday …
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Sarah Donaldson / ABC News:
Manchin speaks out about his tough bargaining with Biden, fellow Democrats  —  “I don't know where in the hell I belong,” the West Virginia Democrat said.  —  “I don't know where in the hell I belong,” Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, said Tuesday when when asked …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Manchin: 'I think we'll get a framework' deal
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.
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.
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
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Mort Sahl, Whose Biting Commentary Redefined Stand-Up, Dies at 94  —  A self-appointed warrior against hypocrisy, he revolutionized comedy in the 1950s by addressing political and social issues.  —  Mort Sahl, who confronted Eisenhower-era cultural complacency with acid stage monologues …
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.
Discussion: The Hill
Kristin Rogers / KCRG-TV:
Dozens denied absentee ballots in Linn County due to shorter request period  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Changes to Iowa voting laws have caught some off guard, with the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the November 2 election already passing a week ago.
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.
Reed Galen:
Virginia on the Brink  —  I grew up in Northern Virginia; right along border between McLean and Falls Church.  My springs were spent at McLean Little League.  I spent the fall rooting for a football team whose name no longer exists.  —  My Saturday mornings were spent at Temple Rodef Shalom, struggling through Hebrew school.
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
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?
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles  —  Confidence in President Biden's ability to rescue the economy from COVID-19 has dropped since January, even as Americans' faith rises in his ability to make the vaccine widely accessible, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Data Has Revealed A Coordinated Campaign Of Hate Against Meghan Markle  —  Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have long cited social media toxicity as a factor in their decision to step back from royal life.  And now, an analysis of more than 114,000 tweets about the couple …
Discussion: TheGrio
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?
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.”
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: McAuliffe-Linked Law Firm Fighting Virginia Student Who Said She Was Gang-Raped  —  A law firm that employed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has made a cottage industry out of aggressively fighting victims of alleged sexual abuse in schools, being paid huge sums …
Janan Ganesh / Financial Times:
The pandemic has been a political non-event  —  Joe Biden is among those who have overestimated the clamour for change  —  That history is “one damn thing after another” is such a good line, it's almost a shame it isn't true.  For the most part, history is the sum of all that does not happen.
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.
Rick Perlstein / New York Magazine:
A Short History of Conservative Trolling  —  David Frum, the former George W. Bush speechwriter and current never-Trump conservative, recently wrote, “The post-Trump right has a style as distinctive as its authoritarian substance: trolling, ironic, evasive.”  But that ain't so.
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 …
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Four Measures That Are Helping Germany Beat COVID  —  Having grown up in Germany, I am skeptical of the popular notion that life is so much more rational and efficient in the country than it is anywhere else.  Those who believe that Germans are incapable of irrationality should suggest imposing a speed limit on the country's highways.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee expected to subpoena lawyer who advised Trump, Pence on how to overturn election  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is expected to subpoena John Eastman, the pro-Trump legal scholar who outlined scenarios for denying Joe Biden the presidency, according to the panel's chairman.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Republican legislator charged with poaching and firearms violations  —  Rep. Travis Seegmiller faces three misdemeanor charges related to shooting a deer near private residences in southwest Utah.  —  (Rick Egan |  The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Travis Seegmiller, R-St. George …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Email Shows Biden Ordered Afghanistan Evacuation Flights Be Filled With Unvetted Refugees  —  During America's chaotic exit from Afghanistan earlier this year, the Biden administration issued a directive that evacuation flights be filled to “excess” with refugees who had not been properly vetted …
 
 
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Caroline Lowbridge / BBC:
'We're being pressured into sex by some trans women'
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
“A living hell”: ABC features family trapped in Afghanistan ... from India?
Discussion: National Review and Fox News
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Senate confirms former senators, lawmakers' widows to ambassadorial roles
Discussion: Fox News, ABC News and NBC News
BBC:
Covid: Masks mandatory for everyone in the Commons - except MPs
Politico:
California man arrested for allegedly threatening Matt Gaetz
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Raw Story and Law & Crime
Matt Labash / Slack Tide:
Dead Subjects  —  When pages get ripped from your Book of the Living
Pew Research Center:
Growing share of Americans say they want more spending on police in their area
Discussion: Insider and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Zaid Jilani / New York Times:
John McWhorter Argues That Antiracism Has Become a Religion of the Left
Discussion: Althouse
Kevin Mooney / Washington Examiner:
Greenpeace co-founder joins climate change skeptics
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Manchin: I Convinced Biden That IRS Monitoring $600 Bank Transactions Is “Screwed Up” And Won't Be In The Final Bill
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Tiny Nicaragua is becoming a big problem for Joe Biden
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Details of the money behind Jan. 6 protests continue to emerge