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5:30 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?
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.
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
Joseph Simonson / Washington Free Beacon:
White House ‘Gender Equity’ Plan Calls for Elimination of Cash Bail
Discussion: Fox News and Twitchy
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.”
Discussion: BizPac Review and Joanne Jacobs
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Glenn Youngkin's Closing Message: Ban Toni Morrison From Schools Virginia Republican wants the angriest parents to have a veto on school curriculum.
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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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
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.
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.
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
Pew Research Center:
Growing share of Americans say they want more spending on police in their area  —  Amid mounting public concern about violent crime in the United States, Americans' attitudes about police funding in their own community have shifted significantly.  —  The share of adults who say spending …
Discussion: Insider and The Daily Caller
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
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
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 …
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: Washington Post and Mediaite
Associated Press:
Elon Musk slams Biden over his new billionaires' tax and warns 'eventually they run out of other people's money and come for you' - as his wealth surges by $36bn thanks to Hertz deal that saw Tesla's value hit $1 TRILLION  — Elon Musk panned President Biden's plan to impose a tax on billionaires
Discussion: New York Post and Gizmodo
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 …
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
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Breaking: FDA advisors endorse COVID vaccine for kids aged five to 11  —  Members of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee agreed that the benefits of vaccinating younger children appeared to outweigh the risks, but some members appeared troubled about voting …
Discussion: Politico and Common Dreams
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.
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.
 
 
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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
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
Could Reconciliation Deliver a Tax Cut to the Rich?
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Tiny Nicaragua is becoming a big problem for Joe Biden
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
The Oath Keepers Next Door
 Earlier Items: 
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
The ugly origins of qualified immunity
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
New York Times:
Faster Buses on 5th Avenue? Not if Business Leaders Get Their Way.