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CNN:
Paid leave falls out of Democratic package in urgent scramble to secure Manchin's support  —  (CNN)Democrats are expected to scrap paid family and medical leave from their cornerstone economic and climate package, discarding one of the central planks of President Joe Biden's proposal …
The Hill:
Democrats cutting paid leave from spending deal amid Manchin opposition
Discussion: Fox News, Bloomberg and Townhall
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook PM: Dem happy talk vs. reality
Josefa Velasquez / THE CITY:
Attorney General Letitia James Poised to Announce Run for Governor, Sources Say  —  James has been filming a campaign ad as her aides call elected officials and labor leaders to seek support, THE CITY has learned.  She's set to take on Gov. Kathy Hochul, who got the top job …
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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 …
New York Post:   AG Letitia James will launch challenge of Kathy Hochul for NY governor: sources
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.]
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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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Post and Joe.My.God.
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Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Cotton tells Garland: 'Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court'  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday clashed with Republican senators over the Justice Department's efforts to crack down on violent threats against school boards, with one GOP member telling the former judge, “Thank God you're not on the Supreme Court.”
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Tom Cotton to AG Garland: ‘Thank God you are not on the Supreme Court’
Discussion: RedState
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 …
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Zeeshan Aleem / MSNBC:
Virginia's Youngkin spotlights woman who tried to ban Toni Morrison's ‘Beloved’  —  In one of the most widely watched political races of the year, Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has made right-wing parental anxiety a major focal point of his campaign.
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Rémy Numa / Fox News:
McAuliffe buys ‘fake news’ ads in effort to sway voters, Fox News investigation finds
Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
Why the Virginia Election Is Freaking Democrats Out
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.
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
An Oath Keeper Was at the Capitol Riot.  On Tuesday, He's on the Ballot.  —  Edward Durfee Jr. is a member of the far-right militia and was at the Capitol on Jan. 6.  He is now running for office in New Jersey.  —  Edward Durfee Jr. is many things: a former Marine, a libertarian who distrusts …
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The Federalist:
EXCLUSIVE: Biden FBI Joins Pelosi In Blocking GOP From Investigating January 6
Discussion: Instapundit
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: The Hill and Raw Story
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., Raw Story and Daily Kos
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.
Bill Goodykoontz / Arizona Republic:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wore a denim vest to preside over the Senate.  Here's why that matters  —  We see you, Senator.  We really do.  —  But that's no surprise, is it?  After all, it's what you seem to want.  —  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona's walking, talking headline — well …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
Cybercriminals claim to have hacked the NRA  —  A notorious Russian cybercriminal group has posted what appear to be National Rifle Association files to the dark web.  —  The group, known as Grief, posted 13 files to its website Wednesday and claimed to have hacked the NRA.
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.
Discussion: Alternet.org
Mary Kekatos U.S. / 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
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 …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court case that could gut America's gun laws, explained  —  More than a century of gun laws are potentially on the chopping block.  —  For nearly all its history, the Supreme Court kept its distance from gun policy.  Now it's about to decide a case that could radically reduce the government's power to regulate guns.
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: The Hill
RealClearInvestigations:
All About the Bidens: Introducing RealClearInvestigations' Hunter Biden Reader  —  This is RealClearInvestigations' Hunter Biden Reader, a compendium of news reports aggregated across the political spectrum documenting the dubious dealings and apparent influence peddling of Joe Biden's errant son and other family members.
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.
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
 
 
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Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:
Vaccine eligibility for mood disorders underscores elevated covid risk
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Washington Post:
Actually, Facebook isn't making people angrier. Some people are just jerks.
Bloomberg:
Billionaire Tax Proposal Out of Biden Plan, Democrat Neal Says
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Major business groups prepare to fight new Democratic tax proposals for Biden social bill
Discussion: Deseret News, Fast Company and The Hill
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Warning: Joe Biden's ‘eat the rich’ pitch may come back to bite you
Discussion: TaxProf Blog
Lauren White / CREW:
New docs show Pompeo abused taxpayer dollars for lavish dinners
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S.E. Cupp / New York Daily News:
Alec Baldwin is still a human being: Conservatives delighting in his pain show how far we've fallen
Discussion: Raw Story
No Labels:
No Labels/HarrisX Poll: Voters Want Congress To Take Time To Debate Spending Bill
Washington Post:
Meghan McCain says Sen. Lindsey Graham 'is not and hasn't been' a member of her family ‘for a very long time’
BBC:
Wikileaks: US begins legal appeal to extradite Assange
Discussion: Associated Press
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Political Speech for Human Dingleberries Has Never Been More Robust