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3:30 AM ET, October 28, 2021

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Donald J. Trump / Wall Street Journal:
President Trump Responds on Pennsylvania's 2020 Election  —  Donald Trump writes a letter to the editor.  —  In your editorial “The Election for Pennsylvania's High Court” (Oct. 25), you state the fact that a court wrongly said mail-in ballots could be counted after Election Day.
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Wall Street Journal publishes letter from Trump claiming ‘rigged’ election  —  The publication of the letter, citing baseless and debunked claims, was criticized for pushing the traditional boundaries of a letters-to-the-editor page  —  Twitter may be maintaining its ban on Donald Trump …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The 14 things you need to know about Trump's letter in the Wall Street Journal
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Who is killing the billionaires' tax?  —  Well, that was fast.  Less than 24 hours after Democrats introduced a new proposal for a billionaires' tax, Democratic leaders have pronounced it on life support, after Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) expressed grave doubts about the proposal.
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Bloomberg:
Democrats Clash on Billionaire Tax as Neal Rejects Senate Plan  — Senate proposal to tax billionaires lasted less than a day  — Lawmakers are wrangling over revenue to pay for spending bill  —  The head of the House tax-writing committee said a proposal to put a levy on the assets …
HuffPost:   Child Tax Credit Won't Get ‘Work Requirement,’ Democrats Say
CNN:
Paid leave falls out of Democratic package in urgent scramble to secure Manchin's support
Politico:
Trump suggests he might drop a bomb on the Va. gov race.  Then leaves.  —  Donald Trump's proclamation that he'd “soon” visit Virginia as the state's gubernatorial race comes to a close was so unexpected that few outside his inner orbit knew it was coming and the Republican candidate's own campaign was left searching for details.
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Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
McAuliffe warns against Youngkin's ‘far-right social agenda’ on abortion, same-sex marriage, ‘book banning’
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Democrats' weaponization of the DOJ is back  —  In 2009, a national, grassroots movement known as the Tea Party emerged in cities across the country to combat then-President Obama's radical spending agenda and government takeover of American health care.  Bureaucrats at the IRS and Department …
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Tom Cotton to AG Garland: ‘Thank God you are not on the Supreme Court’
Discussion: Washington Post and RedState
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Cotton tells Garland: 'Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court'
New York Times:
Letitia James Is Preparing Announcement on Run for Governor  —  Ms. James, the New York attorney general, did not reveal her decision, but her top aides have told political and union leaders that she will run.  —  Letitia James, New York's attorney general, is preparing to announce as soon …
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Keshia Clukey / Bloomberg:
Jumaane Williams Officially Files to Run for New York Governor
Discussion: The Hill
Andrew Court / New York Post:
'Let's Go Brandon' rapper Bryson Gray boots Adele out of No. 1 spot with banned anti-Biden song  —  Cover your ears, President Biden!  —  A controversial new rap song mocking the leader of the free world has rocketed to the top of the iTunes charts, booting Adele from the No. 1 spot …
Mary Kekatos / Daily Mail:
How did Florida end up with one of the best COVID-19 case and death rates in the US despite Gov Ron DeSantis refusing to implement mask or vaccine mandates?  — During the peak of the recent COVID-19 surge in Florida, the state was recording 101 cases per 100,000 people and 1.77 new deaths per 100,000
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Louis Jacobson / PolitiFact:
Fact-checking Ron DeSantis on job growth in Florida
Discussion: Twitchy
Matt Egan / CNN:
Marjorie Taylor Greene invested as much as $50,000 in the Trump SPAC before its stock plunged  —  New York (CNN Business)Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene bought as much as $50,000 worth of shares in a shell company that is merging with former President Donald Trump's new media venture, according to a financial disclosure form.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
David Perdue is considering a primary challenge against Brian Kemp  —  Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue is seriously considering mounting a Republican primary challenge against Gov. Brian Kemp, according to a number of GOP activists and operatives, which would set up a divisive showdown between …
Discussion: HotAir, Raw Story and The Hill
Leah Douglas / Reuters:
Coronavirus infections at U.S. meat plants far higher than previous estimates -House subcommittee  —  Workers at the leading U.S. meatpacking plants experienced cases and death from COVID-19 that were up to three times previous estimates, according to a report by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis seen by Reuters.
Discussion: KRON4 and Balloon Juice
Radio Ink:
Bongino Off The Air This Week  —  Several affiliates have told Radio Ink that Westwood One has put The Dan Bongino Show into “best of” mode for the remainder of the week.  His program was not on the radio yesterday.  Bongino has been ranting on his show about Cumulus' vaccine mandate.
Discussion: Forbes
Geoff Leo / CBC News:
Indigenous or pretender?  —  Carrie Bourassa, one of the country's most-esteemed Indigenous health experts, claims to be Métis, Anishinaabe and Tlinglit.  Some of her colleagues say there's no evidence of that.  —  With a feather in her hand and a bright blue shawl and Métis sash draped …
Marc Rod / Jewish Insider:
Rep. Jim Clyburn sounds alarm about midterms amid Democratic Party divisions  —  'I'm not too sure that Democrats have yet developed the will to win in 2022,' the third- ranking House Democrat warned  —  Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), the third-highest ranking Democrat in the House …
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
Job Market Ratings Set Record, but Economic Confidence Slides  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' confidence in the economy continues to weaken, and their mentions of a variety of economic issues as the nation's most important problem are rising — even as a record-high 74% say it is a good time to find a quality job.
Discussion: Breitbart, NOQ Report and The Hill
Axios:
The progressive promise  —  House progressives say they're willing to stop holding the bipartisan infrastructure bill hostage based on a presidential promise.  —  Why it matters: A key sticking point for progressives supporting the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill was their requirement …
New York Times:
Facebook tells employees to preserve all communications for legal reasons.  —  Facebook has told employees to “preserve internal documents and communications since 2016” that pertain to its businesses because governments and legislative bodies have started inquiries into its operations …
Anna Kramer / Protocol:
Facebook's hiring crisis: Engineers are turning down offers, internal docs show  —  Facebook cannot find enough candidates to meet engineering demand, especially in the Bay Area, and has struggled and failed to meet early 2021 recruiting goals, according to a detailed internal memo outlining recruitment strategy and hiring pains.
Jonathan M. Katz / The Racket:
Some ‘very fine people’ walk into a courthouse  —  Dispatch from the big federal lawsuit in Charlottesville  —  Greetings from Charlottesville.  Today is the third day of Sines v. Kessler, the federal lawsuit brought against the organizers of the white supremacist rampage that turned …
David Gilbert / VICE:
Trump-Backed QAnon Candidates Launch Group to ‘Control the Election System’  —  A coalition of right-wing MAGA candidates, including multiple Trump-backed candidates, are seeking to take control of elections in states across the U.S.—and one says they're formally working with a group of conspiracy theorists …
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Daily Kos and Raw Story
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Nicholas Kristof, former New York Times columnist, announces run for Oregon governor  —  Nicholas Kristof, a former New York Times columnist, announced Wednesday he is running for Oregon governor, ending months of speculation over whether he would make a bid for the top political office in his home state.
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Florida judge rules Trump can't skirt Twitter's terms just because he was president in latest legal setback  —  A Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday that Donald Trump's status as a former president does not exclude him from following Twitter's terms of service, the latest setback in his quest …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Murphy Maintains Lead  —  Slight narrowing in governor race, but little change overall  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Phil Murphy maintains a sizable lead over Jack Ciattarelli, although the margin has narrowed over the past two months, according to the final Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll of the New Jersey governor's race.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
Biden Officials Plan To Expand The List Of Places Where Immigration Agents Would Be Limited From Making Arrests  —  Immigration officers are restricted from making arrests at schools and hospitals.  The new policy would include additional domestic violence shelters.  —  Copy
Discussion: CNBC, Breitbart and Washington Times
 
 
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Bernie Sanders Can't Count to 52
New York Times:
At McKinsey, Widespread Furor Over Work With Planet's Biggest Polluters
Rick Scott / Fox News:
Sen. Rick Scott: Suburban voters are rejecting Democrats' radical agenda
Discussion: Breitbart
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
An Oath Keeper Was at the Capitol Riot. On Tuesday, He's on the Ballot.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Hill
Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Vaccine eligibility for mood disorders underscores elevated covid risk
Discussion: KOKI-TV and Washington Examiner
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RealClearInvestigations:
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Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court case that could gut America's gun laws, explained
Discussion: Daily Kos, SCOTUSblog and Reason
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Dem happy talk vs. reality
Bill Goodykoontz / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wore a denim vest to preside over the Senate. Here's why that matters
Jonathan Saltzman / The Boston Globe:
Boston Medical Center surgeon fined for leaving operating room to eat in his car, then falling asleep and missing the procedure