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2:40 PM ET, October 26, 2021

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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.
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Threats, red lines and roadblocks stand in way of a deal  —  TO FIGHT OR DECLARE VICTORY?  — Speaker NANCY PELOSI and House Majority Leader STENY HOYER spent the morning encouraging their members to embrace the soon-to-be-released reconciliation framework, which Hoyer says could be released in a matter of hours.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Roll Call
Washington Post:
Democrats quietly scramble to include immigration provision in social spending bill
Washington Post:
How Facebook shapes your feed
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 …
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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.
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.”
Discussion: BizPac Review and Joanne Jacobs
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Terry McAuliffe keeps inflating coronavirus numbers
Discussion: PolitiFact and IJR
Augusta Free Press:   VCU poll: Governor's race ‘too close to call’ with one week to go
Politico:
‘This could be the ballgame:’ Biden goes all-in on Virginia
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Birx testifies that Trump's White House failed to take steps to prevent more virus deaths.  —  Dr. Deborah Birx, who helped run the coronavirus pandemic response for former President Donald J. Trump, told congressional investigators earlier this month that Mr. Trump's White House failed …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Birx: Trump adviser squeezed out health officials to downplay seriousness of Covid-19
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 …
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
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
The Department of Justice Is Letting the Coup Plotters Get Away  —  While Congress is investigating the events of January 6, why isn't the DOJ doing the same—and more?  —  Early yesterday, Rolling Stone published an explosive report which claims two of the people who helped plan the January 6 …
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Howard Koplowitz / al.com:
Mo Brooks denies helping plan Jan. 6 rally, would ‘be proud’ if his staff had helped
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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Biden nominates acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel for permanent post  —  The White House, in a bid to avert a Republican majority over the regulator, also tapped former FCC official Gigi Sohn as commissioner.  —  The White House on Tuesday named Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn …
Timothy Cama / E&E News:
Energy companies boost lobbying amid reconciliation fight  —  Fossil fuel companies, electric utilities and other industries significantly increased their spending on lobbying federal officials as debates over President Biden and congressional Democrats' climate change agenda heated up.
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
Could Reconciliation Deliver a Tax Cut to the Rich?  —  While much of the discussion surrounding the Build Back Better reconciliation package has focused on tax increases on the rich, the final legislation could potentially deliver a tax cut to high-income households - at least in the first two years.
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 …
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 …
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
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: NPR and Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Wall Street Journal:
Houston vs. Atlanta Is Rob Manfred's Nightmare World Series  —  The MLB commissioner yanked the All-Star Game out of Atlanta and punished the Astros for their cheating scandal.  Fans are not expected to be forgiving in either city.  —  HOUSTON—Sometime in the next week or so …
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
The ugly origins of qualified immunity  —  There's a good argument to be had over whether police officers should be held to the same legal standards as the rest of us, or, given the high stakes that come with those powers, we should hold them to a higher standard — complete fidelity to the letter and spirit of the law.
 
 
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FBI Washington Field Office and U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service's Office of Special Investigations Seek Information Regarding Serial …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org
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The Columbus Dispatch:
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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.
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Men accused of plotting ‘race war’ may be sentenced as domestic terrorists, judge rules
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Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
A Scottish Judge Could Expose Donald Trump's Shady Golf Finances
Discussion: Mother Jones and Raw Story