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9:45 AM ET, October 29, 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 …
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Here We Go Again: Mark Levin Insists Terry McAuliffe is Plotting to ‘Steal the Election’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Glenn Youngkin Was a Traditional Republican. Then He Became a Culture Warrior.
Weary Dems keep reliving Infrastructure Week  —  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!  —  Fewer days for early voting?  No Sundays?  Strict, expensive identification requirements in order to vote?  Who cares?  —  The Bye Line: President Biden should use the Oval Office to call for filibuster reform
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: CNN, KTVZ-TV, Raw Story, The Hill and HuffPost
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Former lawmakers urge court to reject Trump effort to stymie Jan. 6 committee
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
William Saletan / Slate:
The Entire Republican Leadership Is Covering Up Trump's Coup Attempt
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Chris Cuomo avoids mentioning brother's sex crime charge on CNN show  —  Andrew Cuomo resigned from office in August  —  Greg Gutfeld: CNN in freefall over support for Andrew Cuomo  —  It appears the Cuomo Brothers' fun and games are officially over.  —  CNN anchor Chris Cuomo avoided mentioning …
Discussion: New York Post
Akash Mehta / New York Focus:
Charges Filed Against Andrew Cuomo for Forcible Touching
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
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Family Members Separated at Border May Each Get Up to $450,000
Discussion: Political Wire and The Daily Wire
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 …
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 …
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.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
He's Writing Tucker's Deranged Jan. 6 Movie—After Directing a Pizzagater's Opus  —  Beyond Tucker's bonkers new “documentary” about the Capitol riot, Scooter Downey has made movies for other hate-mongers on the far right.  —  The writer of Tucker Carlson's controversial documentary series …
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 …
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 …
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
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) …
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.
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
Big Oil is getting subpoenaed  —  The House Oversight Committee will issue subpoenas to oil companies for documents detailing their role in spreading climate misinformation.  —  The CEOs of Exxon, Chevron, Shell and BP revealed very little about their company's past and current efforts …
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
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 …
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 …
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Politico Employees Seek Union Vote, Claiming 80% Support  — Unions says 80% of eligible U.S. employees have signed up  — Journalists at Politico, E&E News to make requests on Friday  —  Journalists at Politico are petitioning the U.S. government for a vote on unionizing …
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 …
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.
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Denise Chow / NBC News:
Biden's scaled-down spending bill has big upsides for climate fight
New Capitol Police document shows how unprepared they were for Jan. 6 riots
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Hawley / New York Times:
The Only Way to Solve Our Supply Chain Crisis Is to Rethink Trade
New York Times:
New York Braces for Worker Shortage as Vaccination Deadline Nears
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
In battle at Supreme Court over N.Y. gun law, a surprising split among conservatives
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Karem / Salon:
Dumbass nation: Our biggest national security problem is America's “vast and militant ignorance”
Sean Murphy / Associated Press:
Oklahoma executes inmate who dies vomiting and convulsing
Maureen Breslin / The Hill:
Trump campaign sells 'Let's Go Brandon' T-shirts
Discussion: KTVX-TV and [your]NEWS
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Racine County sheriff accuses Wisconsin Elections Commission of breaking election law in nursing homes
Discussion: FOX6 News Milwaukee and Raw Story
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: Not just Virginia: From county to county, an off-year battle for the suburbs
Albert Hunt / The Hill:
Democracy's sudden peril was an inside-job
Jay Caspian Kang / New York Times:
The Reductive Practice of Assigning Book Reviews by Identity
Jonathan Oosting / Bridge Michigan:
Voting machine missing after Michigan clerk stripped of election power
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story