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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.
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Top Democrats aim to strike a deal on Biden's social spending plan within hours  — Democratic leaders said they were closer than ever to reaching a deal on President Joe Biden's plan to invest in the social safety net and climate programs.  — Agreement on the bigger Democratic bill …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Threats, red lines and roadblocks stand in way of a deal
Discussion: CBS News, Roll Call and Bloomberg
Ed Morrissey / HotAir:
Feeling Berned: Sanders insists on Medicare expansion, drug pricing for reconciliation
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Washington Post
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Sanders draws red lines on Medicare expansion, drug pricing plan in spending bill
Discussion: Common Dreams
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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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.”
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Terry McAuliffe keeps inflating coronavirus numbers
Discussion: National Review, PolitiFact and IJR
Augusta Free Press:
VCU poll: Governor's race ‘too close to call’ with one week to go
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
USA Today:
McAuliffe and Youngkin are in a dead heat with one week to Virginia governor election, poll shows
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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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Birx: Trump adviser squeezed out health officials to downplay seriousness of Covid-19
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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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 …
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.
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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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
Ben Samuels / Haaretz:
U.S. Gives Harshest Public Rebuke Yet on Israeli Settlement Plans  —  In discreet talks held by senior government officials and the Prime Minister's office, U.S. State Department expresses ‘deep concern’ over plans to build 3,100 new units in the West Bank and opening bids up for over 1,300 further units
Zaid Jilani / New York Times:
John McWhorter Argues That Antiracism Has Become a Religion of the Left … When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission.  —  WOKE RACISM  —  How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America  —  Growing up in the 1990s, I was raised to be optimistic about American society.
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Miami Herald:
Ron DeSantis' seeks COVID vaccine mandate special session  —  Nothing can hide Florida's descent into Crazyville.  Not the “Don't Tread on Florida” alligator signs held by Gov. Ron DeSantis' supporters at his latest COVID-19 policy proposal announcement.  Not the state's new Ivy League …
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 …
Kevin Mooney / Washington Examiner:
Greenpeace co-founder joins climate change skeptics  —  Polar bears would not exist today without climate change, and they may even be thriving because of current climate trends.  That's what the co-founder of Greenpeace told scientists, economists, and academics who took part …
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.
Susan Rinkunas / Jezebel:
Facebook Employees Ripped Sheryl Sandberg Over Exec Hosting a Party for Brett Kavanaugh  —  In an internal message, Sandberg said it was totally fine for Joel Kaplan to throw the Supreme Court Justice a party and attend his swearing-in.  —  Alerts  —  On the day that eventual Supreme Court …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
Discussion: ACA Signups
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
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: Alternet.org, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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 …
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 …
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.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Tiny Nicaragua is becoming a big problem for Joe Biden  —  On the sidelines of an international gathering in Costa Rica earlier this year, Secretary of State Antony Blinken tried to make headway with the foreign minister of a government that is increasingly dictatorial and hostile to the United States.
 
 
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Pentagon confirms nearly 450 Americans trapped in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
Kansas City Star:
Kansas state senator sentenced to jail in wrong-way DUI chase
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Why do they keep inflating the Jan. 6 body count?
Discussion: Washington Post
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
The Oath Keepers Next Door
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
The ugly origins of qualified immunity
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
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
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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
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
Details of the money behind Jan. 6 protests continue to emerge
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Arlington County Board candidate who said she was 52 is actually 72, records show
Avi Mayer / Yahoo News:
Hate is on the rise: Antisemitism surges on America's far left and far right.
Discussion: NPR and Jewish Telegraphic Agency