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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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Erin Doherty / Axios:
Birx: Trump White House could have reduced COVID deaths by 30 to 40%  —  Deborah Birx, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator under former President Trump, told a House subcommittee this month that the Trump administration could have prevented tens of thousands of deaths during the early stages of the pandemic.
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Election ‘distracted’ Trump team from pandemic response, Birx tells Congress, saying more than 130,000 people died unnecessarily  —  The Trump administration was “distracted” by last year's election and ignored recommendations to curb the pandemic, the White House's former coronavirus response …
Discussion: RedState, Mediaite, The Hill and Joe.My.God.
Katherine Fung / Newsweek:
Birx Estimates Trump Admin Could Have Prevented 30 to 40 Percent of COVID Deaths
Discussion: Vanity Fair and IJR
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Birx: Trump adviser squeezed out health officials to downplay seriousness of Covid-19
Washington Post:
FDA advisers back Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for ages 5 to 11, saying benefits outweigh risks
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin: 'I think we'll get a framework' deal  —  © Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a key negotiator in Democratic talks on President Biden's social spending bill, on Tuesday predicted “I think we'll get a framework” but warned “the devil is in the details.”
Discussion: New York Times
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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
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Top Democrats aim to strike a deal on Biden's social spending plan within hours
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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Washington Post:
‘Definitely not the results we want’: Facebook staff lamented ‘perverse incentives’ for media
Discussion: Wired
Gizmodo:
Hey, Kid, Wanna See Some Leaked Facebook Docs?
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 …
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Sinema backs corporate minimum tax proposal  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voiced support for a proposal for a minimum tax on corporate profits as her party weighs the measure as a potential revenue raiser for its sweeping social spending plan.  —  “This proposal represents …
Discussion: Insider, UPI, NPR and Denver Post
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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.
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.
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 …
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?
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.
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.
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
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, CNN and Washington Examiner
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.”
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: Joe.My.God., Alternet.org and Raw Story
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Politico:
California man arrested for allegedly threatening Matt Gaetz  —  A California 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, 58 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Raw Story and Law & Crime
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 …
 
 
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Email Shows Biden Ordered Afghanistan Evacuation Flights Be Filled With Unvetted Refugees
Discussion: RedState and Page Array
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
“A living hell”: ABC features family trapped in Afghanistan ... from India?
Discussion: Fox News and ABC News
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Senate confirms former senators, lawmakers' widows to ambassadorial roles
Discussion: Fox News, ABC News and NBC News
Rick Perlstein / New York Magazine:
A Short History of Conservative Trolling
BBC:
Covid: Masks mandatory for everyone in the Commons - except MPs
Bryan Schott / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Republican legislator charged with poaching and firearms violations
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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: 
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
U.S. Gives Harshest Public Rebuke Yet on Israeli Settlement Plans
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
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
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Covid Cases Keep Falling
Discussion: ACA Signups