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Ben Smith / New York Times:
How the Media Could Get the Election Story Wrong  —  We may not know the results for days, and maybe weeks.  So it's time to rethink “election night.”  —  Picture this Thanksgiving: Turkey, football (maybe), tenser-than-usual interactions with relatives.  And perhaps a new tradition …
CBS News:
Biden has edge in North Carolina and race is tight in Georgia - CBS News Battleground Tracker poll  —  It's another two states and another two competitive contests, as concern about President Trump's handling of coronavirus continues to take a political toll on him.
Discussion: Vox, Politico and The Hill
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David Maddox / Daily Express:
Donald Trump in US election polls surge as voters trust him to revive COVID-19 hit economy  —  A BELIEF that Donald Trump can revive the US economy after the coronavirus crisis could see him returned to the White House, a shock new poll has revealed.  —  Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
'Hating Joe Biden doesn't juice up their base': Key swing state slips away from Trump  —  PHILADELPHIA — Senior citizens and suburban voters are sinking President Donald Trump's campaign across the country.  —  But here in Pennsylvania — home to one of the largest populations of residents age 65 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why Biden's pick for a vice president matters to Trump's re-election  —  After pausing their multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to review their strategy, the Trump campaign plans to launch new ads on Monday depicting Joe Biden as a puppet “controlled by the radical left,” according to two senior campaign officials.
Discussion: The Hill
Harry Enten / CNN:   Biden is eating into Trump's Rust Belt base
Associated Press:
Clock is ticking on Trump comeback as early voting nears
Discussion: Raw Story
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
'I'm sorry, but it's a fantasy' … This is my choice, but I'm starting to wish that it wasn't.  I don't feel qualified.  I've been a superintendent for 20 years, so I guess I should be used to making decisions, but I keep getting lost in my head.  I'll be in my office looking at a blank computer screen …
Discussion: Gothamist and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Deutsche Bank Opens Review Into Personal Banker to Trump and Kushner  —  The bank will examine a 2013 transaction between the banker, Rosemary Vrablic, and a company part-owned by Jared Kushner.  —  Deutsche Bank has opened an internal investigation into the longtime personal banker …
Discussion: Financial Times and The Hill
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Birx warns US is ‘in a new phase’ of coronavirus pandemic with more widespread cases  —  (CNN)Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday said the US is in a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the deadly virus is more widespread than when it first took hold in the US earlier this year.
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Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
U.S. Small Business Bailout Money Flowed to Chinese-Owned Companies  —  Millions of dollars of Paycheck Protection Program loans went to China-backed businesses in critical sectors, a study found.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic …
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The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to continue discussions on potential TikTok purchase in the United States
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Pompeo warns TikTok users' personal info could be going ‘directly to the Chinese Communist Party’
Discussion: Breitbart, Twitchy and Fox Business
New York Times:
Kayleigh McEnany Heckles the Press.  Is That All?  —  President Trump does not always watch her briefings, and even his allies say she risks being known more for “hitting the press with a two-by-four” than advancing his priorities.  —  WASHINGTON — For the first half of his term …
Debra J. Saunders / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Trump meets with John Yoo at White House  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met with UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo at the White House on Thursday, the Review-Journal has learned — the first face-to-face meeting between the president and his new legal guru and author of a piece …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Ryan Browne / CNN:
Controversial Pentagon nominee placed into position after nomination failed  —  (CNN)A controversial Trump administration pick for a top Pentagon post, retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, has been placed into a senior role days after his nomination hearing was canceled amid bipartisan opposition to his nomination.
Chabeli Carrazana / The 19th:
America's first female recession  —  It was weighing on her — the prospect of starting a dream job in the middle of a pandemic, alone, her husband away 100 hours of the week helping fight COVID-19 inside a hospital infected by it.  Her two boys were at home, without a teacher, with assignments …
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Karen Bass renounces her praise for Fidel Castro  —  Rep. Karen Bass on Sunday walked back 2016 comments praising Cuban leader Fidel Castro, as scrutiny of her views toward the Communist government threatened her potential selection as former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
How the Trump campaign came to court QAnon, the online conspiracy movement identified by the FBI as a violent threat  —  Outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, Kayleigh McEnany raised a microphone to a mega-fan and asked what it felt like to be acknowledged by President Trump at his February rally in Sin City.
James Arkin / Politico:
GOP dread over possible Kobach nomination in Kansas  —  On Thursday, the top operative for Senate Republicans' campaign arm appeared on a private Zoom call organized by GOP operatives to discuss the party's efforts to stave off a Democratic takeover.  —  During the presentation …
Discussion: Raw Story and ImmigrationProf Blog
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Nation's testing czar: It's “time to move on” from talk about hydroxychloroquine  —  WASHINGTON — Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health who coordinates the administration's coronavirus testing, said Sunday that there is no evidence that hydroxychloroquine is an “effective” …
Discussion: Politico
USA Today:
Trump's Republican Party is defined by racism and those who tolerate it: GOP strategist  —  About a year ago, I finished writing a book in which I posited that race was the original sin of the Republican Party and that the rise of President Donald Trump is based more on white grievance than any other factor.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
How Trump Can Deliver Tax Relief Without Congress  —  Suspend collection of the payroll levy using the same authority that extended the filing deadline to July.  —  President Trump needs to reset the debate on the latest coronavirus relief bill.  Senate Republicans have scuttled their best pro-growth idea …
Rosanna Xia / Los Angeles Times:
Manhattan Beach was once home to Black beachgoers, but the city ran them out.  Now it faces a reckoning  —  Anthony Bruce could barely talk about the beach that bears his family's name without feeling a sharp pain, a tug at the heart.  —  More than a century ago, his ancestors had turned …
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
Is the Subway Risky?  It May Be Safer Than You Think  —  New studies in Europe and Asia suggest that riding public transportation is not a major source of transmission for the coronavirus.  —  Five months after the coronavirus outbreak engulfed New York City, riders are still staying away …
Discussion: Gothamist
The Players' Tribune:
WeAreUnited  —  PHOTO BYJOE MURPHY/GETTY IMAGES; ILLUSTRATION BY REBECCA ESTRELLA/THE PLAYERS' TRIBUNE  —  To ensure future generations of college athletes will be treated fairly, #WeAreUnited.  —  Because NCAA sports exploit college athletes physically, economically and academically …
Lance Morrow / Wall Street Journal:
Dawn of the Woke  —  Joe McCarthy was a B-movie monster.  Today's cancel culture is more like a zombie apocalypse.  —  I was a Senate page boy for a couple of summers in the early Eisenhower years.  Joe McCarthy was in full cry.  I would ride in the Senate elevator with him sometimes …
Joseph Marks / Washington Post:
White House steps back from Trump suggestion about delaying the election  —  The election will take place Nov. 3 as planned, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says.  —  The White House has no plans to try to delay the Nov. 3 election, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Sunday …
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren's Journey on Race Is a Preview of Her Party's  —  Going from an all-white sorority member in college to among the most racially progressive white politicians on the national stage, she could help the Biden campaign understand where many voters are today.
Discussion: Twitchy
 
 
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Portland protesters have almost no interaction with state police as thousands gather downtown
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What you need to know about Covid talks
Discussion: Axios
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Why Is the Right So Obsessed With Hydroxychloroquine?
CNBC:
Eastman Kodak's top executive reportedly got Trump deal windfall on an ‘understanding’
 Earlier Items: 
Ellie Rushing / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Mail delays are frustrating Philly residents, and a short-staffed Postal Service is struggling to keep up
Discussion: Mother Jones
Emily Davies / Washington Post:
Two protesters arrested while chalking ‘Black Pre-Born Lives Matter’ on sidewalk
Louisa Lim / The Guardian:
Books pulled from library shelves, songs banned...it's the new normal in Hong Kong
Jack Brewster / Forbes:
Twitter Cracked Down On QAnon—But Candidates Touting The Conspiracy Still Thrive There
Discussion: The Guardian
Washington Post:
Trump keeps promising an overhaul of the nation's health-care system that never arrives
Discussion: The Mahablog
Nic Robertson / CNN:
Trump's Germany troops pullout may be his last gift to Putin before the election
Discussion: Raw Story
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Cuccinelli relaxed oversight of DHS intel office
Discussion: NPR and Washington Post