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New York Times:
Trump Records Shed New Light on Chinese Business Pursuits  —  As he raises questions about his opponent's standing with China, President Trump's taxes reveal details about his own activities there, including a previously unknown bank account.  —  President Trump and his allies have tried …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI says it has ‘nothing to add’ to Ratcliffe's remarks about Hunter Biden, Russian disinformation  —  The FBI notified Congress late Tuesday that it has “nothing to add at this time” to a statement made by President Trump's director of national intelligence disputing the idea that Russia orchestrated …
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Bevan Cooney Moved from Prison Cell after Providing Email Account Exposing Hunter Biden  —  Bevan Cooney, the former business associate of former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden who flipped on the Biden family, has been moved from his cell, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to Breitbart News.
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Glenn Greenwald: Media and Intel Community Working Together To Manipulate The American People
Discussion: Breitbart
Politico:
Bloomberg knocks Trump back on his heels in Florida  —  Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's $100 million investment in Florida to defeat Donald Trump is recasting the presidential contest in the president's must-win state, forcing his campaign to spend big to shore up his position and freeing …
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New York Times:
Trump Campaign's $63 Million Dwarfed by Biden's $177 Million  —  New financial filings showed the extent of the president's cash troubles, as he is now badly outmatched by Joe Biden.  —  President Trump's re-election campaign committee ended September with only $63.1 million …
Rick Linsk / Reuters:
Lawyers spurn Trump campaign in individual donations, including from Jones Day  —  (Reuters) - Lawyers at Jones Day, which has earned millions as outside counsel to U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, have donated nearly $90,000 to the campaign committee of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP pollster Luntz blasts Trump campaign as worst he's ever seen  —  Prominent Republican pollster Frank Luntz blasted President Trump and his campaign on Tuesday for focusing on Hunter Biden in the stretch run to Election Day, calling Trump's campaign the worst he's ever seen and saying …
Washington Post:
Biden's campaign committee entered October with nearly triple the cash haul of Trump's campaign, new filings show
New York Times:
Trump cuts a ‘60 Minutes’ interview short, and then taunts Lesley Stahl on Twitter.  —  President Trump abruptly cut off an interview with the “60 Minutes” star Lesley Stahl at the White House on Tuesday and then taunted her on Twitter, posting a short behind-the-scenes video of her at the taping …
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CNN:
Trump abruptly ends ‘60 Minutes’ interview before taping joint appearance with Pence  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump abruptly ended a solo interview with CBS News' “60 Minutes” Tuesday and did not return for an appearance he was supposed to tape with Vice President Mike Pence, according to multiple sources familiar with what happened.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump ends ‘60 Minutes’ interview, attacks Lesley Stahl on Twitter
CNN:
Election officials in at least two states contact law enforcement after threatening emails sent to voters  —  (CNN)Elections officials in Florida and Alaska contacted law enforcement Tuesday after registered voters reported receiving threatening emails that said, “Vote for Trump or else!”
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Nathaniel Herz / Alaska Public Media:   Emails sent to Alaskans on Tuesday warned them to “vote for Trump or else”
Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon / Florida Today:
Threatening emails telling voters to vote for Trump target Brevard County residents
Discussion: WUFT News and Florida Politics
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR:
Studies Point To Big Drop In COVID-19 Death Rates  —  Toggle more options  —  Two new peer-reviewed studies are showing a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 patients.  The drop is seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions …
Heather Perlberg / Bloomberg:
Apollo Board to Examine Leon Black's Ties to Jeffrey Epstein  — Black asked board panel to review dealings at regular meeting  — Board members tapped law firm Dechert to conduct interviews  —  Apollo Global Management Inc. board members are investigating co-founder Leon Black's ties …
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Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
Apollo Board Panel to Review Leon Black's Ties With Jeffrey Epstein
Discussion: New York Times
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Administration officials alarmed by White House push to fast track lucrative 5G spectrum contract, sources say  —  Washington (CNN)Senior officials throughout various departments and agencies of the Trump administration tell CNN they are alarmed at White House pressure to grant what would essentially …
NBC News:
Lawyers say they can't find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by Trump administration  —  WASHINGTON — Lawyers appointed by a federal judge to identify migrant families who were separated by the Trump administration say they have yet to track down the parents of 545 children …
Discussion: IJR, The Week, The Hill, Political Wire and UPI
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“If There Is Another Tick Down, It's a Total Bloodbath”: How Trump's Self-Destructive Candidacy Could Blow Up the Electoral Map  —  Democrats' massive fundraising, downballot energy, and seniors turning against Trump signal a potential blue-wave election with unexpected flips.
Washington Post:
McConnell warns White House against making stimulus deal as Pelosi and Mnuchin inch closer  —  GOP leader suggests Democrats are not negotiating in good faith and could disrupt Supreme Court nomination  —  Prospects for an economic relief package in the next two weeks dimmed markedly …
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John C. Danforth / Washington Post:
Trump's attack on the debate commission is an attack on the election itself  —  John C. Danforth, a Republican, represented Missouri in the U.S. Senate for three terms and has served on the Commission on Presidential Debates since 1994.  —  Like all members of the Commission on Presidential Debates …
Discussion: Mediaite and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Exclusive Search Deals With Apple at Heart of U.S. Lawsuit  —  Hitting ‘Code Red’; lucrative partnership between tech giants in the antitrust spotlight  —  Inside Google, they called the scenario “Code Red,” so stark was the prospect of losing the search engine's lucrative pipeline from Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
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Washington Post:
Republicans, it's time to choose between autocracy and a republic  —  Republicans Reed Galen, Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson are co-founders of the Lincoln Project.  Stuart Stevens is a senior adviser to the Lincoln Project.  —  This is for the many men and women in Washington with whom we have worked over the past 30-plus years.
Bloomberg:
Biden Looking to Longtime Aide Ron Klain for Chief of Staff  — Klain worked on Obama administration's economic recovery plan  — Steve Ricchetti also still in running for top staff job  —  Longtime Democratic aide Ron Klain is the leading candidate to be presidential nominee Joe Biden's chief …
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Silicon Valley megadonors unleash a last-minute, $100 million barrage of ads against Trump  —  Billionaire Dustin Moskovitz is making his biggest political play of the cycle.  Asana  —  Facebook billionaire co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has put more than $20 million into a little-known Democratic super PAC that is spending big.
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Documents in Ghislaine Maxwell criminal case expected to be released by Thursday  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday ordered the release of a deposition that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell gave in 2016 related to her dealings with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, and which she had fought to keep under wraps.
Discussion: NBC New York
Joshua Klein / Breitbart:20 minutes ago
Former Clinton Aide Behind Calls for Investigation Following Pompeo Pledge to Release Hillary Emails  —  The American Oversight liberal interest group has called for an investigation in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stating this month that the State Department …
New York Times:
How the F.D.A. Stood Up to the President  —  After months of caving to pressures from the White House, Commissioner Stephen Hahn and a band of agency scientists have eked out a few victories.  —  On Sept. 23, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn left a virtual meeting of the White House's coronavirus task force …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How ‘Spygate’ Attacks Fizzled  —  For years, it was the subject of countless Fox News segments, talk radio rants, and viral right-wing tweets and Facebook posts.  It spawned Congressional hearings, Justice Department investigations, and investigations of those investigations.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Everyone's Playing Among Us  —  YouTubers, influencers and streamers popularized Among Us, a multiplayer game.  Now it's everywhere.  —  When an indie game company created Among Us in 2018, it was greeted with little fanfare.  The multiplayer game remained under the radar as many games do — until the summer of the pandemic.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Fumes at Fauci, Believes He's Auditioning for CNN Gig  —  The president has amplified his attacks on the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, who he thinks is angling for the adoration of the press.  —  In the final two weeks of his re-election campaign, President Donald …
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
The coronavirus pandemic has caused nearly 300,000 more deaths than expected in a typical year  —  The coronavirus pandemic has left about 299,000 more people dead in the United States than would be expected in a typical year, two-thirds of them from covid-19 and the rest from other causes …
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Barack Obama to hold first in-person event for Biden  —  Former President Barack Obama is returning to Philadelphia for his first in-person 2020 campaign event for Joe Biden  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama is returning …
 
 
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Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
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Tom Del Beccaro / Fox News:
A Trump ‘surprise’ victory is in the offing — here are the 10 tea leaves pointing to it
Discussion: Althouse and Raw Story
Dave Boucher / Detroit Free Press:
Roughly two-thirds of Michigan's votes will be cast early, Secretary of State Benson says
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Trump's “Eighth Wonder Of The World” is a few empty buildings
Washington Free Beacon:
WATCH: Unhinged Joe Biden Attacks the Free Press, Democracy Itself
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
What's needed for a first step toward peace for Armenia and Azerbaijan
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Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Head of US Election Assistance Commission Tells Christians to ‘Rise Up’ and Vote: ‘We Can Decide Just About Every Election in This Country’
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Meet your (Chinese) Facebook censors
Discussion: Breitbart and Da Tech Guy Blog
John Sipher / New York Times:
The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth
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Politico:
Biden eyes GOP candidates for Cabinet slots