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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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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
NBC News:
Democrats and Republicans each have one big advantage in close Virginia race
Washington Examiner:
Yes, Virginia, the schools have ‘serious problems’
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Live Updates: Ahead of Meeting With White House Team, Manchin Criticizes Billionaire Tax Plan  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Manchin denounces the Democrats' plan to tax billionaires as divisive.  —  Senate Democrats' plan to extract hundreds of billions of dollars from the wealth …
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Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Manchin pitches ‘patriotic’ 15% billionaires tax  —  Sen. Joe Manchin, a key centrist Democrat negotiating the party's massive social welfare spending bill, criticized a new plan to tax billionaires but came up with his own formula.  —  Manchin, of West Virginia, pitched a “patriotic” …
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Manchin waffles on billionaire tax
The Bulwark:
An Open Letter in Defense of Democracy  —  The future of democracy in the United States is in danger.  —  (DESIGN BY HANNAH YOEST / PHOTOS: GETTYIMAGES / SHUTTERSTOCK)  —  [This open letter is being published simultaneously by The Bulwark and the New Republic.]
Discussion: Raw Story, Salon and Morning Shots
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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 …
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
Merrick Garland Says He'll Keep Targeting Parents Even After School Board Group Apologized For Its Bogus ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Claims  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland indicated in a Senate Judiciary oversight hearing on Wednesday that the Department of Justice will keep targeting parents …
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Cotton tells Garland: 'Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court'
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Twitchy
Kate Scanlon / Washington Examiner:
Durbin invokes Jan. 6 as he defends school board letter during Garland hearing
Discussion: Politico
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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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.
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: Raw Story and Political Wire
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.
Bruce Vielmetti / USA Today:
Men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse can't be called ‘victims’ at trial, but may be called ‘looters,’ judge says  —  A Monday decision from a Wisconsin judge about terms lawyers may use in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial is again drawing national attention to the case.  —  Rittenhouse will go on trial next week …
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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:
Misty Severi / Washington Examiner:
State Department issues first ‘Gender X’ passport, working toward permanent change  —  A spokesman for the Department of State announced Wednesday that the department has issued its first nonbinary passport.  —  The department is transitioning toward a permanent change to allow people to identify as nonbinary on the document.
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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 …
Nick Vachon / The American Independent:
Youngkin goes all-in on ‘critical race theory’ in campaign's final week  —  The Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee is leading the conservative crusade against public schools.  —  At the end of a campaign defined by equivocation, Glenn Youngkin has fully embraced the right-wing narrative on …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jan. 6 investigators postpone push for some Trump records  —  The Jan. 6 select committee is temporarily backing off a request for about 50 pages of Trump White House records, even though the National Archives concluded the documents were relevant to the panel's investigation.
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CNN:
January 6 committee plans to subpoena John Eastman
CNBC:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene bought shares of Trump SPAC Digital World Acquisition as stock skyrocketed  — Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday invested up to $50,000 in the SPAC stock linked to Donald Trump's planned social media platform.  — According to a public disclosure …
BBC:
Wikileaks: US begins legal appeal to extradite Assange  —  Lawyers for the US have told the High Court the judge who blocked Julian Assange's extradition was misled by his psychiatrist.  —  The United States government is starting a legal appeal to try to get the Wikileaks founder extradited.
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
Titania McGrath / The Critic Magazine:
The M25 is our Maginot Line  —  Anyone who believes there are biological differences between men and women is literally a Nazi  —  This article is taken from the October 2021 issue of The Critic.  To get the full magazine why not subscribe?  Right now we're offering five issue for just £10.
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 …
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  —  The longtime head of spine surgery at Boston Medical Center has been reprimanded by state regulators and fined $5,000 for leaving an operating room before the start …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Christine Vendel / PennLive:
Prosecutor drops felony charge against central Pa. man for 43-cent ‘theft’  —  1,533  —  The Perry County district attorney's office dismissed a felony charge that Pennsylvania State Police had filed against a homeless man after he paid $2 for a Mountain Dew drink that cost $2.29.
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.
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.
 
 
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Houston Keene / Fox News:
Alabama rep condemns Biden admin's supply chain crisis rhetoric, citing school lunch shortages in district
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bill Goodykoontz / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wore a denim vest to preside over the Senate. Here's why that matters
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Associated Press:
Puerto Rico governor signs into law debt-restructuring bill
Discussion: The Hill and WTOP
Laurence Norman / Wall Street Journal:
Iran to Return to Nuclear Deal Talks in Vienna Next Month
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Guardian
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Texas House to launch investigation into school library books
Discussion: National Review and RedState
Talal Ansari / Wall Street Journal:
Cigarette Sales Rose in 2020 for First Time in 20 Years
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Biden heads abroad with most of his ambassadorial picks stranded in the Senate, stunting U.S. diplomatic efforts
Discussion: ABC News
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
An Excerpt from The Long Red Thread
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Harvard's modern-day Darwin warns against humanity's downward slope
American Greatness:
America Gone Mad
Discussion: Instapundit
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Moral Chasm That Has Opened Up Between Left and Right Is Widening
Chris Marsh / Money: Inside and Out:
The greatest peacetime surge in household wealth
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin describes sexual assault by US senator