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USA Today:
McAuliffe and Youngkin are in a dead heat with one week to Virginia governor election, poll shows  —  Phillip M. Bailey David JacksonUSA TODAY  —  Virginia's bellwether race for governor remains close in the final stretch of a campaign that is testing President Joe Biden's sagging approval numbers going into the 2022 midterms.
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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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Breitbart
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
In Virginia Governor's Race, Biden Barely Rates a Mention
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
Democrats quietly scramble to include immigration provision in social spending bill  —  Democrats are scrambling intensely behind-the-scenes to address immigration in the framework they are crafting to expand the nation's social safety net, according to people with knowledge of the situation …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Biden's new problem on the left  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  A SIGN OF THE TIMES — ELON MUSK, the wealthiest man in the world, is now worth more than Exxon Mobil, per Bloomberg.  —  GRUMBLING ON THE LEFT — President JOE BIDEN might be finally homing in on a deal with Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.), the elusive moderate.
Discussion: Reuters, Political Wire and WTOP
Politico:
Liberals grit teeth as their priorities fall by wayside
Discussion: Common Dreams
NBC News:
Manchin puts paid family leave, Medicare vouchers on spending bill chopping block
Discussion: MSNBC and The Hill
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.”
Discussion: Wired and Insider, more at Techmeme »
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 …
Politico:
Jan. 6 investigators privately question Bannon associate  —  Dustin Stockton, a conservative activist linked to Steve Bannon, is fielding questions Monday from congressional investigators scrutinizing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, according to two sources familiar with the interview.
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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
David Koenig / Associated Press:
Miles donations are providing flights for Afghan refugees  —  A campaign that began with ordinary people donating frequent-flyer miles has raised enough in two months to provide 40,000 flights for refugees from Afghanistan, and organizers and the White House are looking to nearly double that figure.
Discussion: CNN and WPTA21
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Arlington County Board candidate who said she was 52 is actually 72, records show  —  Arlington County Board candidate Audrey Clement, who previously told news outlets that she is in her early 50s, appears to be two decades older, according to government records.
Washington Post:
In advance of climate summit, tension among Biden aides on China policy  —  In the early summer, with less than five months to go before a critical United Nations climate conference in Scotland, John F. Kerry told President Biden that he wouldn't achieve his goal of tackling climate change …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege  —  The White House is rejecting more claims of executive privilege from former President Trump over documents requested by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, directing the National Archives …
Ellise Shafer / Variety:
Dave Chappelle Willing to Discuss ‘The Closer’ With Trans Community, but Says He's 'Not Bending to Anybody's Demands' … Dave Chappelle has spoken out about the controversy over his Netflix special “The Closer” in a new stand-up video, saying that he is willing to meet with transgender Netflix employees …
Washington Post:
Immigration arrests fell to lowest level in more than a decade during fiscal 2021, ICE data shows  —  Immigration arrests in the interior of the United States fell in fiscal 2021 to the lowest level in more than a decade — roughly half the annual totals recorded during the Trump administration …
Washington Examiner:
Get politics out of the CDC  —  Go to any school in Europe, and you'll see happy children running, reading, and learning — all without any masks on their little faces.  But here in the United States, 10 states and countless counties have mandated the wearing of masks for even the youngest kindergartners.
Avi Mayer / Yahoo News:
Hate is on the rise: Antisemitism surges on America's far left and far right.  —  In May, as Hamas rockets exploded in Israeli cities and Israeli aircraft targeted terrorist infrastructure in Gaza, thousands of miles away, American Jews were under attack.  —  A young man wearing a kippah …
Claudia Irizarry Aponte / THE CITY:
Rep. Espaillat Campaign Paid Thousands to Online Influencers Who Delivered Flattering Posts  —  The bloggers' videos and articles do not disclose their financial ties to the Bronx and Manhattan congressman — exploiting a legal gray area as paid social media influencers play a growing role in campaigns nationally.
Charles Homans / New York Times:
Kyle Rittenhouse and the New Era of Political Violence  —  What brought the teenager and so many others to the streets of Kenosha, Wis., equipped for war?  —  To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Encounters Challenge in Bid to Hire a Prominent Democratic Lobbyist  —  Social-media company's strained relations with the White House and Congress prompt concern the position might be the ‘worst job in Washington.’ Facebook says hiring the right person takes time.
Financial Times:
Amazon strikes deal with UK spy agencies to host top-secret material  —  Cloud contract for GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 with US tech group aims to speed analysis but likely to ignite sovereignty fears  —  The UK's three spy agencies have contracted AWS, Amazon's cloud computing arm …
Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:
Weekly Update: #COVID19 case & death rates by county, partisan lean & vaccination rate  —  Here's the weekly look at the rate of COVID-19 cases & deaths at the county level since the end of June, broken out by partisan lean (i.e, what percent of the vote Donald Trump received in 2020).
Chrissy Clark / The Daily Caller:
Loudoun County Forces Parents To Sign NDA-Style Form To View CRT-Inspired Curriculum  —  Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is requiring parents to sign a form comparable to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to view a portion of the district's new curriculum inspired by critical race theory …
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Thanksgiving Food Prices Increase as Supply Chain Costs Rise  —  Nearly every ingredient, from the turkey to the after-dinner coffee, is expected to cost more, for a host of reasons.  —  Thanksgiving 2021 could be the most expensive meal in the history of the holiday.
Discussion: Twitchy and Gawker
Jared Marcel Pollen / Quillette:
‘Woke Racism’—A Review  —  A review of Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America by John McWhorter.  Portfolio, 224 pages.  (October, 2021)  —  If you had told someone a decade ago—after the election of the first black president, and in anticipation …
Ryan Burge / New York Times:
Why ‘Evangelical’ Is Becoming Another Word for ‘Republican’  —  Mr. Burge, an assistant professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University and a Baptist pastor, has written extensively about the interaction of religion and politics.  —  The conventional wisdom about religion …
Discussion: Raw Story
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
15 races to watch on Election Day  —  New York City's mayor.  New Jersey's governor.  Boston's mayor.  And a primary that will surely decide the future of a Democratic stronghold House seat in Florida.  —  Election Day 2021 is an “off year” across the U.S., and it has mostly drawn attention …
 
 
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John Nichols / The Nation:
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Discussion: New York Magazine
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
A Scottish Judge Could Expose Donald Trump's Shady Golf Finances
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
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Discussion: NBC News
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Billionaire Leon Black Is Being Investigated by the Manhattan D.A., Sources Say
Discussion: New York Post
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Press Watch