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11:00 PM ET, October 28, 2021


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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Youngkin pulls ahead of McAuliffe among Virginia likely voters  —  The race is largely focused on education, and this has energized Republicans  —  Concha: McAuliffe, Biden fixate on Trump in desperate attempt to win Virginia race  —  Republican Glenn Youngkin has moved ahead …
Tyler O'Neil / Fox News:
Team McAuliffe emails reveal effort to ‘kill this’ Fox News story  —  ‘Can we try to kill this,’ a spokesperson asked  —  Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe abruptly ends TV interview  —  Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's campaign raised eyebrows …
Terry McAuliffe Hires Controversial Ex-Clinton Lawyer Marc Elias  —  As a long-standing associate of the Clintons, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has long ties with the Democratic establishment.  That history was placed into sharp relief this week when he made a hefty …
Allahpundit / HotAir:
Holy cow: Youngkin 53, McAuliffe 45 in new Fox News poll
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and Joe.My.God.
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
Youngkin Leads McAuliffe in New Poll of Likely Virginia Voters Less than a Week before Election Day
Discussion: RedState, Mediaite and Power Line
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Criminal summons erroneously issued against former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo  —  ALBANY — A criminal summons charging former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with forcible touching was erroneously issued by Albany City Court on Thursday after a sheriff's investigator shared paperwork with the court summarizing their investigation.
Albany Times Union:
Criminal summons erroneously issued against former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo  —  ALBANY — A summons charging former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with misdemeanor forcible touching was prematurely issued by Albany City Court on Thursday after a sheriff's investigator filed paperwork with the court summarizing …
Gwynne Hogan / Gothamist:
Misdemeanor Forcible Touching Charges Filed Against Former Governor Andrew Cuomo, Officials Say  —  Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor count of forcible touching, a spokesperson the state courts confirmed Thursday afternoon.
New York Post:
Ex-Gov. Cuomo to be charged over alleged groping of former aide: source
Washington Post:
Former New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo accused in misdemeanor complaint of forcible touching, court says
Wall Street Journal:
The Facts on Trump's Fraud Letter  —  His 2020 monomania is news, and it reflects on his fitness for 2024.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  The progressive parsons of the press are aflutter that we published a letter to the editor Thursday from former President Trump, objecting …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Biden Can't Quite Close the Deal—with His Own Party  —  “Everybody's on board,” the President said.  But they weren't, at least not yet.  —  On Thursday, before flying off to Rome for a week of international summitry, Joe Biden began the day by telling his closest allies on Capitol Hill …
Dems punt House infrastructure vote in blow to Biden agenda
The Hill:
Progressives win again: No infrastructure vote tonight
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Times
The White House:
President Biden Announces the Build Back Better Framework
Caitlin Owens / Axios:   Democrats' prescription drug collapse
Jason Koebler / VICE:
Zuckerberg Announces Fantasy World Where Facebook Is Not a Horrible Company  —  Facebook's new name is “Meta,” and its new mission is to invent a ‘metaverse’ that will make us all forget what it's done to our existing reality.  —  Jason Koebler  —  Moments before announcing Facebook …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Facebook just revealed its new name: Meta  —  The company announced the rebranding during Facebook Connect  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday at the company's Connect event that the company's new name will be Meta.  “We are a company that builds technology to connect,” Zuckerberg said.
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Facebook changes its name to ‘Meta’ amid backlash to whistleblower revelations
Discussion: CNBC, Jacobin and Shore News Network
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Administration in Talks to Pay Hundreds of Millions to Immigrant Families Separated at Border  —  Government is considering payments of $450,000 per person affected by Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy in 2018 for asylum seekers illegally crossing border
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Chief federal judge in D.C. assails ‘almost schizophrenic’ Jan. 6 prosecutions: ‘The rioters were not mere protesters’  —  The chief judge presiding over the federal court in Washington on Thursday unleashed a blistering critique of the Justice Department's prosecution of Capitol rioters …
Discussion: Insider, Raw Story and Althouse
Politico:   ‘Almost schizophrenic’: Judge rips DOJ approach to Jan. 6 prosecutions
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Top DC federal judge criticizes “schizophrenic” Justice Department approach to January 6 cases
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Robert Faturechi / ProPublica:
Burr's Brother-in-Law Called Stock Broker, One Minute After Getting Off Phone With Senator  —  According to the SEC, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, then chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, had material nonpublic information about coronavirus impact.
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
The 37-Year-Olds Are Afraid of the 23-Year-Olds Who Work for Them  —  Twenty-somethings rolling their eyes at the habits of their elders is a longstanding trend, but many employers said there's a new boldness in the way Gen Z dictates taste.  —  As a millennial with a habit of lurking on TikTok …
Discussion: Gawker and The Dispatch
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Geraldo Rivera criticizes his Fox News colleague Tucker Carlson.  —  Tucker Carlson, the top-rated Fox News host, faced criticism on Thursday — including from a prominent colleague at his own network — after he announced plans for a documentary series featuring debunked conspiracy theories …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:   He's Writing Tucker's Deranged Jan. 6 Movie—After Directing a Pizzagater's Opus
Christopher F. Rufo / City Journal:
“White People, You Are the Problem”  —  AT&T's new racial reeducation program promotes the idea that “racism is a uniquely white trait.”  —  Economy, finance, and budgets  —  The Social Order  —  AT&T Corporation has created a racial reeducation program that promotes the idea that …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Announces Multi-Million Dollar Civil Settlement in Principle in Mother Emanuel Charleston Church Mass Shooting  —  Department Agrees to Settle Allegations Surrounding FBI Actions  —  Today, the Department of Justice announced that it has reached an agreement in principle …
Families Of Charleston Shooting Victims Reach $88 Million Settlement With Justice Dept
Discussion: NPR, CBS News and The Daily Caller
Jacob Silverman / New York Magazine:
Inside Jedi Blue, Facebook's Secret Deal With Google  —  As a torrent of bad press consumes Facebook — or whatever the company may soon be renamed — it's worth remembering that to become an industry-dominating social-media Goliath, sometimes you need a little help from your friends.
Jonathan Oosting / Bridge Michigan:
Voting machine missing after Michigan clerk stripped of election power … LANSING — Michigan officials say they are preparing to launch a criminal investigation after election equipment at the center of a voting tabulator conspiracy theory went missing this week in a rural, conservative community.
Discussion: Raw Story, Joe.My.God. and VICE
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Democracy's sudden peril was an inside-job  —  Not too long ago, anyone who seriously worried about the future of democracy would have been written off as a fringe figure or paranoiac.  —  Today, however, that list includes former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, eminent historians …
Discussion: Washington Blade
Hunter Walker / The Uprising:
Sources: Nancy Pelosi ‘Kicked Out’ Of Meeting With House Progressive Caucus Amid Tense Budget Talks  —  This is a special breaking news issue of The Uprising, a politics newsletter dedicated to original, independent journalism.  If you enjoyed this story and want to read more like it, please sign up!
Washington Post:
Jan. 6 committee allows Trump DOJ official to postpone appearance after he loses his lawyer  —  Jeffrey Clark, the Trump-era Justice Department official who sought to support President Donald Trump's false claims of massive voting fraud in the 2020 election, has received a postponement …
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Jeff E. Schapiro / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Linwood Holton, Virginia's first GOP governor of the 20th century, who embraced civil rights, dies at 98
Discussion: Associated Press and WTOP
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: Not just Virginia: From county to county, an off-year battle for the suburbs
Discussion: New York Times
Jay Caspian Kang / New York Times:
The Reductive Practice of Assigning Book Reviews by Identity
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN's Jake Tapper promotes congressional campaign of Florida conspiracy theorist Rebekah Jones
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Iowa's redistricting drama, round 2: Senate gives OK to second redistricting plan, House debate to come
David P. Goldman / Asia Times:
US economy ground to a halt in third quarter
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Cost / Wall Street Journal:
The Radicalism of James Madison
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
The U.S. is no longer setting the agenda in Afghanistan
Joe Skurzewski / KFYR-TV:
North Dakota lawmaker barred from flight following incident with Minot TSA agent
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Hill
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Vatican cancels live broadcast of Biden greeting pope
Isabella Grullón Paz / New York Times:
Lawyer Who Won $9.5 Billion Judgment Against Chevron Reports to Prison