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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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Sarah Donaldson / ABC News:
Manchin speaks out about his tough bargaining with Biden, fellow Democrats  —  “I don't know where in the hell I belong,” the West Virginia Democrat said.  —  “I don't know where in the hell I belong,” Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, said Tuesday when when asked …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin: 'I think we'll get a framework' deal
Discussion: New York Times
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: Biden plan expected to include at least $500B for climate
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee expected to subpoena lawyer who advised Trump, Pence on how to overturn election  —  The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is expected to subpoena John Eastman, the pro-Trump legal scholar who outlined scenarios for denying Joe Biden the presidency, according to the panel's chairman.
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CNN:
January 6 committee plans to subpoena John Eastman
Discussion: Raw Story and HotAir
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Jan. 6 investigators postpone push for some Trump records
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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BBC:   Huma Abedin: Clinton aide details sex assault by US senator
Washington Examiner:
Yes, Virginia, the schools have ‘serious problems’  —  It felt like 2009 all over again.  A smug, sanctimonious former President Barack Obama lectured Virginians this week on what ought to matter to them.  —  “We don't have time to be wasting on these phony, trumped-up culture wars …
Discussion: The Federalist
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William A. Galston / Wall Street Journal:   How to Read Biden's Plummeting Polls
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.
Discussion: CNN
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
McConnell joins Trump, backs Herschel Walker in Georgia's 2022 GOP Senate primary
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
A fear grows in Trumpworld: Have we gone too conspiratorial?  —  There is growing worry that talk of stolen elections, machine rigging and foreign plots will hurt election reform efforts and sap turnout.  —  Some Republicans have expressed fears that talk of “audits,” machine rigging …
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Beast, Salon and Raw Story
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Eyokley / Morning Consult:
GOP Voters With Low Election Trust Are More Pumped for the Midterms Than Other Republicans
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Steve Rosenberg / BBC:
Moldova: Russia threatens gas supply in Europe's poorest state  —  His country is immersed in a gas crisis.  But Nicu Popescu is trying to remain positive.  —  “On Monday our country made history,” Moldova's foreign minister tells me.  “For the first time Moldova bought gas from a source that was not Russia's Gazprom.”
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Financial Times:   Gazprom offered Moldova new gas deal in exchange for weaker EU ties
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.
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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse can be called ‘rioters’ and ‘looters’ but not ‘victims,’ judge rules
Discussion: UPI
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 …
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 …
Mark Scott / Politico:
The Facebook Papers reveal the limits of regulation.  It's time to think bigger.  —  Mark Scott is chief technology correspondent at POLITICO.  —  If the revelations from the so-called Facebook Papers showed us anything, it's that new rules for policing what's posted online are needed.  And fast.
Discussion: Crooked Media
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Washington Post:
‘Definitely not the results we want’: Facebook staff lamented ‘perverse incentives’ for media
Reed Galen:
Virginia on the Brink  —  I grew up in Northern Virginia; right along border between McLean and Falls Church.  My springs were spent at McLean Little League.  I spent the fall rooting for a football team whose name no longer exists.  —  My Saturday mornings were spent at Temple Rodef Shalom, struggling through Hebrew school.
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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
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Except for every sticking point, Dems are close to a deal  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  SCOOP: SCOTT VS. SCHUMER IN TV AD WARS — A local TV station in Nevada took down a pro-CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO ad Tuesday after the NRSC complained it included “flagrantly false” …
Discussion: Twitchy
Talal Ansari / Wall Street Journal:
It Turns Out Paying People to Take the Covid-19 Vaccine Doesn't Really Work  —  Recent evidence suggests financial incentives, public-health messaging have done little to boost vaccination rates among those already vaccine-hesitant  —  Financial incentives, public-health messages …
Discussion: American Experiment
Justin George / Washington Post:
Two Metro cars with known defects continued operating until safety inspectors alerted the agency, officials say  —  The details raise questions about the urgency, awareness and response of Metro toward wheel assembly failures  —  Days after a train derailment triggered a federal investigation …
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.
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.
Chris Marsh / Money: Inside and Out:
The greatest peacetime surge in household wealth  —  Household net worth in the United States has increased USD25 trillion since end-2019, or nearly 115% of GDP … The exceptional policy response during the pandemic has facilitated the largest ever peacetime expansion in household wealth in the United States (US).
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.
Kristin Rogers / KCRG-TV:
Dozens denied absentee ballots in Linn County due to shorter request period  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Changes to Iowa voting laws have caught some off guard, with the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the November 2 election already passing a week ago.
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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Peter Martin / Bloomberg:
U.S. Gen. Mark Milley Likens China's Hypersonic Weapon Test to ‘Sputnik Moment’
Discussion: Axios
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Manchin warns that Biden's agenda would create an ‘entitlement society.’ But his state leads the way.
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
Washington Free Beacon:
Top News Organizations Run Huawei-Sponsored Puff Pieces
Discussion: Instapundit
CNN:
Facebook is having a tougher time managing vaccine misinformation than it is letting on, leaks suggest
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Friedman / Wall Street Journal:
3-D Printed Houses Are Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rep. David N. Cicilline / The Hill:
To ensure equality for all, Senate must end filibuster
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Wire:
EXCLUSIVE: McAuliffe-Linked Law Firm Fighting Virginia Student Who Said She Was Gang-Raped
Janan Ganesh / Financial Times:
The pandemic has been a political non-event
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Data Has Revealed A Coordinated Campaign Of Hate Against Meghan Markle
Discussion: TheGrio