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11:00 AM ET, October 27, 2021

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Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
Why the Virginia Election Is Freaking Democrats Out  —  Ms. Cottle is a member of the editorial board.  —  With just under a week to go, the governor's race in Virginia has gotten tighter than Spanx on a hippo, prompting much agita in Democratic circles.  When the Democrats won full control …
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NBC News:
Democrats and Republicans each have one big advantage in close Virginia race  —  WASHINGTON — The latest poll in Virginia — from the Wason Center at Christopher Newport University — confirms what we already know about next week's race for governor: It's neck and neck.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Insider
Rémy Numa / Fox News:
McAuliffe buys ‘fake news’ ads in effort to sway voters, Fox News investigation finds  —  Ads link to ‘news’ websites that have been widely described as disinformation and ‘partisan propaganda’  —  McAuliffe, Youngkin in tight race for Virginia governor  —  Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe …
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Who's running, Joe?  Biden says ‘Trump’ 24 times during Va. stump for McAuliffe  —  President Biden on Tuesday seemed fixated on former President Donald Trump in a Virginia stump speech for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor.  —  Biden mentioned Trump by name 24 times during a brisk …
Washington Examiner:
Yes, Virginia, the schools have ‘serious problems’
Discussion: The Federalist and New York Post
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
As a Parent, I Would Rather Fake My Own Death Than Take Over Curriculum Planning From Teachers and School Boards
Discussion: Althouse
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
Biden Warns At McAuliffe Rally: Extremism Can “Come In A Smile And A Fleece Vest”
Discussion: BizPac Review, National Review and IJR
Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Minimum Tax Resurfaces as Democrats Hunt for Money  —  Senators offer updated plan to impose minimum levies on profitable corporations; key moderate lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema endorses proposal  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats announced a 15% minimum tax on large companies' income on Tuesday …
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:   Manchin warns that Biden's agenda would create an ‘entitlement society.’ But his state leads the way.
William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:
How to Read Biden's Plummeting Polls
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
New cases down nearly 60 percent since delta variant surge … New coronavirus infections in the United States have dropped nearly 60 percent since a September spike brought on by the more contagious delta variant, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.
Discussion: Humanizing The Vacuum
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
A fear grows in Trumpworld: Have we gone too conspiratorial?  —  For months, conspiracies about the 2020 election being stolen from Donald Trump have fueled Republican efforts nationwide to rewrite election laws.  But now, some GOP operatives and Trumpworld luminaries are worried …
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The Bulwark:
An Open Letter in Defense of Democracy
Discussion: Morning Shots and Salon
CNN:
January 6 committee plans to subpoena John Eastman  —  ‘Scary’: John King reacts to memo from Trump lawyer  —  (CNN)The House select committee investigating the US Capitol insurrection plans to subpoena John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who had worked with then-President Donald Trump's legal team …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jan. 6 investigators postpone push for some Trump records
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Katherine Fung / Newsweek:
Birx Estimates Trump Admin Could Have Prevented 30 to 40 Percent of COVID Deaths
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 …
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 …
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John Otis / Washington Post:   Mort Sahl, whose political comedy set the bar for future humorists, dies at 94
Edward J. McCaffery / CNN:
How to tax Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos  —  Secretary Yellen: How new billionaire tax would work  —  Edward J. McCaffery is Robert C. Packard trustee chair in law and a professor of law, economics and political science at the University of Southern California.
Discussion: Insider, Common Dreams and TaxVox
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Bidenomics Is Working  —  Consumer prices are high and rising, and so is disapproval of Joe Biden.  In recent days, the president's net-favorability rating has hit new lows in FiveThirtyEight's aggregation of polls.  Meanwhile, America's headlines are full of testaments to economic discontent.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Political Speech for Human Dingleberries Has Never Been More Robust  —  There might be a “cancel culture” chilling effect out there, but it isn't chilling performers.  —  When considering the inescapable “free speech” debate there is an important maxim I want everyone to keep at the top of mind:
Reuters:
Harvard's modern-day Darwin warns against humanity's downward slope  —  The Harvard University scientist who has called for setting aside half the planet as a nature preserve says the slope of human history will always be downward unless there is global cooperation to save existing species.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Moral Chasm That Has Opened Up Between Left and Right Is Widening  —  Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C. on politics, demographics and inequality.  —  There has been a remarkable erosion in public tolerance of “offensive expression about race, gender and religion …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Herschel Walker gets McConnell's blessing  —  Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker has won the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, cementing his support from the Republican Party establishment in a race that could determine which party controls the chamber.
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Biden heads abroad with most of his ambassadorial picks stranded in the Senate, stunting U.S. diplomatic efforts  —  President Biden — who has made renewed international engagement a hallmark of his foreign policy ethos — is headed to a pair of global summits in Europe this week with just a handful …
Discussion: ABC News
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Final New York Mayoral Debate Descends Into Exchange of Personal Insults  —  The televised confrontation between Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa a week before Election Day seemed unlikely to change the dynamics of the race.  —  There was talk of schmoozing with murderous gang members …
Caroline Lowbridge / BBC:
'We're being pressured into sex by some trans women'  —  Is a lesbian transphobic if she does not want to have sex with trans women?  Some lesbians say they are increasingly being pressured and coerced into accepting trans women as partners - then shunned and even threatened for speaking out.
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
An Excerpt from The Long Red Thread  —  Dear Readers: Crystal Ball Managing Editor Kyle Kondik's new book, The Long Red Thread: How Democratic Dominance Gave Way to Republican Advantage in US House Elections, was published by Ohio University Press this week.
Patrick Lakamp / Buffalo News:
Jailed Capitol rioter from Amherst now says he loathes Trump: ‘January 6th was a disgrace’  —  An Amherst man charged in the attack on a police officer amid the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., called his conduct “unequivocally an aberration” and that he was “consumed by the mob mentality.”
Peter Martin / Bloomberg:
U.S. General Likens China's Hypersonic Weapon Test to ‘Sputnik Moment’  — Top U.S. general says suspected test is ‘very concerning’  — Afghan war a failure as the ‘regime that we supported lost’  —  The U.S.'s top uniformed military officer called China's suspected test …
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Trade Commission Scrutinizing Facebook Disclosures  —  Lawmakers want agency to determine if Facebook engaged in deceptive conduct; company says internal research is mischaracterized  —  WASHINGTON—Federal Trade Commission staffers have begun looking into disclosures …
 
 
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Joseph Klein / Front Page Magazine:
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Steve Rosenberg / BBC:
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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: McAuliffe-Linked Law Firm Fighting Virginia Student Who Said She Was Gang-Raped
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Discussion: Insider and TheGrio