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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 …
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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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 …
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: Reason and Wired, more at Techmeme »
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Washington Post:
How Facebook shapes your feed … Facebook's news feed algorithm has been blamed for fanning sectarian hatred, steering users toward extremism and conspiracy theories, and incentivizing politicians to take more divisive stands.  It's in the spotlight thanks to waves of revelations …
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
They left Facebook's integrity team. Now they want the world to know how it works.
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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David Dayen / New York Times:
How to Fix the Democrats' Build Back Better Plan
Discussion: Washington Post and Gizmodo
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
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Trump is killing American democracy
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  —  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).
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story, more at Techmeme »
Lauren Hirsch / New York Times:
Days away from its deadline, Tyson Foods reaches a 96 percent vaccination rate.  —  Nearly three months after Tyson Foods mandated coronavirus vaccines for all its 120,000 U.S. workers, more than 96 percent of them are vaccinated, the company's chief executive, Donnie King, said in an employee memo on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Sinema confronted in airport for second time this month, 'Don't touch me'  —  Biden has no votes to spare in order to pass his top domestic priorities  —  Larry Kudlow: Give credit to Manchin, Sinema for not wanting to spend and tax  —  A new video emerged Monday that showed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema …
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 …
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Natasha Grzincic / VICE:
45% of Americans Don't Believe Humans Cause Climate Change, VICE News/Guardian Poll Shows  —  VICE News partnered with the Guardian and pollster YouGov to find out how people living in the US think and feel about climate change.  —  Natasha Grzincic  —  TORONTO, CA TORONTO, CA
Discussion: The Guardian and Joe.My.God.
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
A Scottish Judge Could Expose Donald Trump's Shady Golf Finances  —  Donald Trump has long seemed to offer conflicting financial pictures to the U.S. and U.K. when it comes to his Scottish golf courses.  A judge might be able to offer new insight.  —  A judge in Scotland will hold …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story
The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio Supreme Court case interviews detail how negotiations on Statehouse maps fell apart  —  Jessie Balmert Titus Wu Laura A. BischoffThe Columbus Dispatch  —  Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission often worked at cross-purposes, leading to four-year Statehouse maps that maintained …
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
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 …
 
 
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Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Details of the money behind Jan. 6 protests continue to emerge
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
Committee Report Reveals CBP Reduced Discipline for Dozens of Agents and Allowed Them to Continue Working with Migrants Despite Violent and Offensive Facebook Posts
Curtis Houck / Newsbusters:
ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC Refuse to Cover New Migrant Caravan Careening Toward U.S.
Discussion: Fox News
Chrissy Clark / The Daily Caller:
Loudoun County Forces Parents To Sign NDA-Style Form To View CRT-Inspired Curriculum
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Jury Selection In The “Unite The Right” White Supremacist Trial Involved A Lot Of Arguing Over Antifa
David Koenig / Associated Press:
Miles donations are providing flights for Afghan refugees
Discussion: CNN and WPTA21
Washington Post:
Immigration arrests fell to lowest level in more than a decade during fiscal 2021, ICE data shows
Discussion: Forbes and Raw Story
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
15 races to watch on Election Day
Financial Times:
Amazon strikes deal with UK spy agencies to host top-secret material
Ellise Shafer / Variety:
Dave Chappelle Willing to Discuss ‘The Closer’ With Trans Community, but Says He's 'Not Bending to Anybody's Demands'