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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?  —  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.
Washington Post:
How Facebook shapes your feed
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
They left Facebook's integrity team. Now they want the world to know how it works.
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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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.”
Washington Post:
Fight over teaching ‘Beloved’ book in schools becomes hot topic in Virginia governor's race
Augusta Free Press:   VCU poll: Governor's race ‘too close to call’ with one week to go
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: HotAir and The Guardian
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
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Charles Gaba / ACA Signups:   Weekly Update: #COVID19 case & death rates by county, partisan lean & vaccination rate
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.
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Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege
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 …
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.
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  —  The Maryland hotel magnate tried but failed to buy the Baltimore Sun.  Now he's trying to demonstrate a new business model for local news.
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 …
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Details of the money behind Jan. 6 protests continue to emerge  —  New details of how a top fundraiser for former President Donald Trump's campaign “parked” funds with groups that helped organize the Jan. 6 rally before the Capitol attack shine light on the coordination between seemingly independent groups …
Kate Gibson / CBS News:
On the table for Thanksgiving this year?  Higher food prices  —  One thing U.S. consumers won't be giving thanks for on Turkey Day this year: the higher cost of food, and just about everything else amid sharply rising inflation.  —  “When you go to the grocery store and it feels more expensive …
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.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Sanders draws red lines on Medicare expansion, drug pricing plan in spending bill  —  Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Tuesday that a deal on President Biden's spending bill must expand Medicare and include a plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
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.
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
John Hendel / Politico:
Biden picks his broadband vanguard at FCC and Commerce Department  —  President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his plans to tap acting Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel as the agency's permanent chief, ending months of cliffhanger drama about the choice.
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The anti-filibuster effort is winning  —  Whether it will ultimately succeed while Democrats are in power is another matter  —  The filibuster took another small-but-significant step last week toward what some experts believe is its inevitable demise.  President Biden, in a CNN town hall …
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Forbes and Raw Story
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News Has Ambitious Streaming Plans For Election Night … Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker hope to learn a few things by anchoring an Election Night special in a year when there really isn't supposed to be a special Election Night.  —  Voters won't decide on November 2 who wins the White House …
Howard Koplowitz / al.com:
Mo Brooks denies helping plan Jan. 6 rally, would ‘be proud’ if his staff had helped  —  U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said he was not involved in the planning of the Jan. 6 “Save America” rally at the Capitol where he made a speech shortly before rioters breached the building.
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 …
Washington Post:
Men accused of plotting ‘race war’ may be sentenced as domestic terrorists, judge rules  —  A federal judge decided Monday that he will consider adding a “terrorism enhancement” to the prison terms of two white supremacists who prosecutors said plotted to carry out deadly violence …
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
Biden announces $100 million partnership with ASEAN following Trump snub  —  President Joe Biden took part in the 2021 Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit on Tuesday morning and announced an investment worth up to $102 million to expand the United States's partnership with the group.
 
 
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Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
Lawyers for Florida attorney general mocked lawsuit to overturn 2020 election
Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org
The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio Supreme Court case interviews detail how negotiations on Statehouse maps fell apart
Natasha Grzincic / VICE:
45% of Americans Don't Believe Humans Cause Climate Change, VICE News/Guardian Poll Shows
Discussion: The Guardian and Joe.My.God.
Lauren Hirsch / New York Times:
Days away from its deadline, Tyson Foods reaches a 96 percent vaccination rate.
Discussion: The Hill, WTOP and New York Post
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Sinema confronted in airport for second time this month, 'Don't touch me'
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Charles Homans / New York Times:
Kyle Rittenhouse and the New Era of Political Violence
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Examiner:
Get politics out of the CDC  —  Go to any school in Europe, and you'll see happy children running …
Claudia Irizarry Aponte / THE CITY:
Rep. Espaillat Campaign Paid Thousands to Online Influencers Who Delivered Flattering Posts
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Encounters Challenge in Bid to Hire a Prominent Democratic Lobbyist
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story, more at Techmeme »
David Koenig / Associated Press:
Miles donations are providing flights for Afghan refugees
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and WPTA21
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
15 races to watch on Election Day
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
A Scottish Judge Could Expose Donald Trump's Shady Golf Finances
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story