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12:40 PM ET, October 29, 2021


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Washington Post:
Virginia governor's race a toss-up as Election Day nears, Post-Schar School poll finds  —  RICHMOND — Virginia's race for governor is a toss-up as Tuesday's election draws near, with 49 percent of likely voters favoring Democrat Terry McAuliffe and 48 percent favoring Republican Glenn Youngkin …
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How scary are the new Virginia polls for Democrats?  —  A Virginia governor's race that was already giving Democrats heartburn is suddenly upping the agita.  After polls for weeks showed Republican Glenn Youngkin (R) and former governor Terry McAuliffe (D) effectively tied …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Youngkin pulls ahead of McAuliffe among Virginia likely voters
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Pence wades into school debate roiling Va governor's race
Tyler Hayden / The Santa Barbara Independent:
Architect Resigns in Protest over UCSB Mega-Dorm  —  Criticizes Munger Hall as Social and Psychological Experiment with Unknown Consequences  —  A consulting architect on UCSB's Design Review Committee has quit his post in protest over the university's proposed Munger Hall project …
Discussion: New York Post and Pharyngula
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
How to Push Back on Fox  —  Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger aren't giving them a free pass.  —  The thing to understand about bullies is that they never expect people to push back.  —  Most people are conflict-averse, so usually, the bullies are free to take their shots and the people …
Kinzinger retiring from Congress, vows ‘broader fight nationwide’ against Trumpism  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of the most prominent critics of former President Donald Trump in the House Republican Conference, announced Friday he won't seek reelection next year.
Washington Post:
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, outspoken GOP critic of Trump and his grip on the party, announces he won't seek reelection
New York Times:
Live Updates: In Private Meeting, Francis Weighs In on Biden Communion Debate  —  President Biden said that Pope Francis called him a “good Catholic” and said that he should continue receiving communion amid a push by some U.S. bishops to deny him the sacrament over abortion views.
Christian Datoc / Washington Examiner:
US media barred from Biden's meeting with Pope Francis
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
The country needs a dose of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to battle COVID-19  —  Florida has the lowest COVID-19 case rate in the country.  They did it without vaccine mandates, without mask mandates in school and with no restrictions on businesses.  Life simply went on.
Discussion: CBS News and alicublog
Carol Rosenberg / New York Times:
For First Time in Public, a Detainee Describes Torture at C.I.A. Black Sites  —  In a sentencing hearing, Majid Khan, a Pakistani who lived in suburban Baltimore before joining Al Qaeda, detailed dungeonlike conditions and episodes of abuse.  —  GUANTÁNAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Al Qaeda Courier: CIA Agents Hosed Water Into My Rectum During Years of Torture
Discussion: Raw Story
Dems limp out of another stumble-ending month  —  House liberals left the Capitol triumphant on Thursday night after once again scuttling a major vote.  Every other Democrat was fuming.  —  For the second time in less than a month, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team had to delay …
Joyce Vance / MSNBC:   Democracy is dying a slow death in America. At least we have the filibuster!
Unlimited Sand and Money Still Won't Save the Hamptons  —  If you happened to be in Montauk, N.Y., when the trucks started rolling in this summer, you'd get a sense of how much sand $171,000 buys.  Load after load tumbled onto Ditch Plains Beach, one of the Atlantic Coast's better surfing spots …
Lori Aratani / Washington Post:
Flight attendant suffers broken bones in ‘one of the worst displays of unruly behavior’ in the skies  —  The incident prompted the pilots to divert the flight to Denver, where a passenger was detained  —  A flight attendant for American Airlines suffered broken bones in her face …
Discussion: Insider, Althouse, ABC7 and CBS Los Angeles
Suzi Ring / Bloomberg:
Vaccinated People Also Spread the Delta Variant, Yearlong Study Shows  — Study found similar peak viral load with or without shots  — Immunized household contacts have a 25% chance of infection  —  People inoculated against Covid-19 are just as likely to spread the delta variant …
Chris Truax / The Bulwark:
Truth Social Violated Mastodon's ToS; Trump's Entire Platform Might Now Be DOA  —  Donald Trump's latest business venture, Truth Social, is a brand-new social media platform that is going to be a publicly-traded company via a reverse merger with a SPAC.  Consequently, it sits at the intersection between finance, law, and technology.
Joseph Tanfani / Reuters:
Trump's real-estate empire pays the price for poisonous politics  —  Former U.S. president Donald Trump's slashing rhetorical style and divisive politics allowed him to essentially take over the Republican Party.  His supporters are so devoted that most believe his false claim that he lost the 2020 election because of voter fraud.
Roger Sollenberger / The Daily Beast:
Judge Says GOP Congressman Can't Be Left Alone With Evidence  —  The judge was so concerned that Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) might compromise the case that he prohibited Fortenberry from looking at the evidence against him by himself.  —  After Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Jon Brown / Fox News:
Biden admin barred from firing unvaccinated employees after DC judge issues injunction  —  The attorney for the plaintiffs said the Biden administration has shown ‘an unprecedented, cavalier attitude toward the rule of law’  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for October 28
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Air Force is first to face troops' rejection of vaccine mandate as thousands avoid shots  —  Up to 12,000 Air Force personnel have rejected orders to get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus despite a Pentagon mandate, and officials say it is too late for them to do so by the Tuesday deadline …
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 …
William Saletan / Slate:
The Entire Republican Leadership Is Covering Up Trump's Coup Attempt
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Capitol Police officer, facing charges for aiding Jan. 6 rioter, resigns from the force  —  Michael Riley, the Capitol Police officer charged with helping a Jan. 6 rioter attempt to evade the FBI, has resigned from the force, ending his 26-year tenure as he prepares to fight the case against him.
Discussion: Roll Call, Forbes and Raw Story
Robin Bravender / Insider:
Kamalaworld is worried about a difficult, messy Democratic primary if it's Harris versus Pete Buttigieg in 2024  — Democratic insiders are quietly discussing a 2024 race if Joe Biden opts out.  — Kamala Harris' allies think she would face a tough primary against Pete Buttigieg.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Why Joe Biden already won  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BIDEN GETS IT DONE, DESPITE HIMSELF — To say Thursday was a roller coaster for President JOE BIDEN's agenda wouldn't do justice to how truly head-spinning the day was.  The White House releases a Build Back Better (BBB) …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Build Back Better Framework: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly  —  The White House's quest for a legislatively viable version of its Build Back Better agenda has officially reached the “fake it till you make it” stage.  —  After a months-long negotiation with his party's most moderate senators …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
It's not a ‘Sputnik moment’ and we should not feed Cold War paranoia  —  Have we witnessed another Sputnik moment?  The Financial Times has reported that China tested a hypersonic missile this summer, though China denies this.  Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff …
Hiawatha Bray / The Boston Globe:
MIT to discuss academic freedom after canceling prestigious lecture over professor's views  —  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was set to hold a faculty forum on Wednesday in an effort to resolve an intense dispute over academic freedom after the cancellation of a speech …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
A Sexual Assault Case in Loudoun County Isn't About Trans Issues  —  This is a story about how the right twisted the sexual assault of a teenager into a culture war fantasy.  It's about how a distorted tale on a conservative website became grist for a nationwide moral panic.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Jolt: Medicaid expansion for Georgia included in Democrats' spending bill  —  We now have a bill outlining the $1.75 trillion social services and climate change package Democrats hope to pass soon.  But with details still being ironed out and a trust gap between House Democrats and centrist senators …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Ideologues exist on the left and the right.  Only one side threatens the country.  —  If the American experiment dies, the cause will be terminal bothsidesism.  —  This is not to deny that our politics is ideologically bipolar.  There is a party of the left that advocates ambitious government and progressive social values.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Self-Isolation of the American Left  —  Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. were among the great champions of progressive ideas in the 20th century.  But they didn't exist within an insular, self-validating community whose values and assumptions were often at odds with those of the rest of society.
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Megan Cassella / Politico:
Trouble ahead for Dems: A barrage of attacks over the economy
Discussion: HotAir
Wall Street Journal:
The Summer of Stagflation  —  The White House policy mix has yielded slower growth but higher prices.
Thomas Lecaque / The Bulwark:
When ‘Jesus’ Came to Q  —  Holy war, the Storm, and the thin line between reality and theater.
Discussion: Raw Story
American Prospect:
Will Biden's FDA Be Led by a Pharma Guy?
Eric H. Yoffie / Haaretz:
In the News- Settlements- Israel tourists- Palestinian NGOs- Israel - Iran- Top secret - Israel- Unvaxxed- Lost temple- Spencer Tunick- Iran- Human brain
Discussion: Raw Story
Grazie Pozo Christie / Wall Street Journal:
The Obsolete Science Behind Roe v. Wade
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC to Ramp up Enforcement against Illegal Dark Patterns that Trick or Trap Consumers into Subscriptions
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Here We Go Again: Mark Levin Insists Terry McAuliffe is Plotting to ‘Steal the Election’
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Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Politico Employees Seek Union Vote, Claiming 80% Support
Josh Hawley / New York Times:
The Only Way to Solve Our Supply Chain Crisis Is to Rethink Trade
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
In battle at Supreme Court over N.Y. gun law, a surprising split among conservatives
Brian Karem / Salon:
Dumbass nation: Our biggest national security problem is America's “vast and militant ignorance”