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Politico:
‘Everyone sees the train wreck coming’: Trump reveals his November endgame  —  Following his defeat in the 2016 Iowa caucus, Donald Trump accused Ted Cruz of cheating and said the results should be nullified.  —  After winning the presidency that fall, Trump insisted, without evidence …
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Axios:
The apocalypse scenario  —  Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures.  One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Ignore the strongman fantasies.  If Trump loses the election, he'll lose his job.  Period.  —  Trump's not-so-veiled threats to overstay his Oval Office welcome are signs of weakness, not strength.  The presidency is his shield against prosecution.  —  | USA TODAY
Discussion: The Hill
New York Daily News:
Say it plainly: The president is a psychopath
Discussion: Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Revised Statement Of U.S. Attorney Freed On Inquiry Into Reports Of Potential Issues With Mail-In Ballots  —  at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office …
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Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Barr briefed Trump on investigation into discarded Pennsylvania ballots  —  The president then revealed the investigation in an interview with Fox News.  —  Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.  —  Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images  —  A Justice Department official told ABC News Friday …
Washington Post:
Mueller prosecutor's testimony about Roger Stone disputed by supervisors  —  Three career supervisors in the D.C. U.S. attorney's office have disputed the sworn congressional testimony given by a former prosecutor on Robert S. Mueller III's team, telling Justice Department officials they believe …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Got a ‘Kick Out of’ the Election Fears He's Stoked.  Inside the DOJ, There's Some Panic.  —  Justice Department prosecutors expect ABill Barr to join election lawsuits benefitting Trump, who thinks it's funny not to promise a peaceful transition of power.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
DOJ announcement on Pennsylvania ballot investigation baffles election experts
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans prep lightning-quick Supreme Court confirmation  —  The Senate is taking America for one last turbulent ride before the election.  —  President Donald Trump's Saturday announcement of his Supreme Court pick will spark a lightning-quick confirmation attempt by Senate Republicans …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Trump dumbfounds GOP with latest unforced error  —  Senate Republicans were left dumbfounded Thursday by President Trump's latest self-engineered controversy, a suggestion there might not be a peaceful transition of power after Election Day, which left his GOP allies on Capitol Hill scrambling for political cover.
Sarah Longwell / The Bulwark:
Scenes from a Supreme Court Focus Group
Discussion: Fox News and Louder With Crowder
Quin Hillyer / Washington Examiner:
Leftist SCOTUS plotter: “I manipulate the media better than anyone else on this phone call”
New York Times:
At Pentagon, Fears Grow That Trump Will Pull Military Into Election Unrest  —  Defense Department officials said top generals could resign if Mr. Trump ordered the active-duty military into the streets to quell election protests.  —  WASHINGTON — Senior Pentagon leaders have a lot to worry about …
Gray Rohrer / Orlando Sentinel:
Florida reopens: DeSantis lifts remaining coronavirus restrictions  —  TALLAHASSEE - Bars and restaurants are no longer required to operate at less than full capacity, as Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday removing all remaining restrictions on businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Florida fully lifts coronavirus restrictions on restaurants  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Friday the state will completely reopen its economy, allowing restaurants at operate full capacity and barring localities from ordering businesses to close.
Robert Cardillo / Denver Post:
Guest Commentary: I served under six presidents — four Republicans, two Democrats — only one has failed to serve U.S. national security interests  —  As a Commander in Chief, President Trump comes up tragically short  —  I spent over 300 mornings in the Oval Office briefing the president and his senior staff.
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Trump administration rescinded ‘Courage Award’ for woman who criticized Trump, then gave false explanation for its decision, watchdog finds  —  The Trump administration rescinded an award recognizing the work of a journalist from Finland last year after discovering she had criticized President Trump …
Virginia Governor / Virginia Governor Ralph Northam:
Governor and First Lady Northam Test Positive for COVID-19  —  RICHMOND—On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor's official residence staff, who works closely within the couple's living quarters …
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Stokes the Transition Panic  —  His election remarks feed the left's fantasy of a post-election coup.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  President Trump's insistence on saying the opposite of whatever the press demands is a source of more than a little of his political success as well as many self-defeating blunders.
Alex Yablon / Slate:
COVID Didn't Destroy New York.  Austerity Just Might.  —  New Yorkers are perennially putting up with cheap '70s nostalgia: In the public eye, our city is forever associated with the music, movies, fashion, drugs, and other hallmarks of that gritty decade.  But even now, when no one is going …
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Matt Troutman / New York City, NY Patch:   NYC Outdoor Dining Will Be Permanent, Year-Round: De Blasio
Roberto Ferdman / VICE:
Initial Police Report Didn't Conclude Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend Shot a Cop in the Leg  —  Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox?  Sign up here.  —  As part of Wednesday's long-waited announcement about charges related to the March 13 police raid that killed Breonna Taylor …
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Lee Brown / Page Six:
Meghan Markle reportedly has serious ambitions to run for president  —  Meghan Markle harbors serious ambitions to run for president of the United States, according to a report.  —  After the Duchess of Sussex and husband Prince Harry dumped royal duties with their historic Megxit this year …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Republican Senator Proposes Bill That Would Make It Illegal to Count Votes  —  Last week, President Donald Trump said he was “counting on the federal court system to make it so” that whatever preliminary tally is complete on Election Day will be validated as the final vote count …
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USA Today:
Counting absentee ballots shouldn't wait until Election Day
Discussion: New York Times and Vox
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Google to block election ads after Election Day  —  Google informed its advertisers Friday that it will broadly block election ads after polls close Nov. 3, according to an email obtained by Axios.  —  Why it matters: Big Tech platforms have been under pressure to address …
Kimberly Dozier / TIME:
'You Bet Your Ass I've Got Regrets.' As Election Day Nears, More of Trump's Former Officials Are Speaking Out Against Him  —  Never in recent history have so many senior former U.S. officials publicly attacked the commander in chief they served, or the decisions he's made …
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Meadows on Wray's voter fraud dismissal: “He has a hard time finding emails in his own FBI”  —  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows dismissed FBI Director Chris Wray's testimony that the U.S. has never historically seen evidence of widespread voter fraud, including by mail, during an appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Friday.
CNN:
Trump has lost patience with CDC head after series of mixed messages  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has lost patience with the head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, as well as with the other public health experts on his coronavirus team …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Appeals court appears skeptical of Trump's latest argument against tax returns subpoena  —  A panel of appellate court judges on Friday appeared skeptical of President Trump's latest challenge against Manhattan prosecutors' grand jury subpoena for his tax returns and other financial records.
NBC News:
Trump is navigating competing demands from evangelicals over Supreme Court pick  —  WASHINGTON — The sudden vacancy on the Supreme Court has both energized and divided some of President Donald Trump's most loyal supporters — white evangelicals — who have been making different cases …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Terror Investigation Launched After Knife Attack at Charlie Hebdo's Old Offices Injures Two  —  A major trial over the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in 2015 is being held in Paris—but it's not known if Friday morning's violence is linked.  —  Two people have been hurt in a knife attack close …
Matt Egan / CNN:
Wall Street is shunning Trump.  Campaign donations to Biden are five times larger  —  New York (CNN Business)President Trump is promising four more years of low taxes, light regulation and a laser-focus on the stock market.  Yet professionals on Wall Street are shunning Trump and funneling staggering amounts of money to his opponent.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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