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11:55 PM ET, October 15, 2020

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Washington Post:
White House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump  —  U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that President Trump's personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence …
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Feds examining if alleged Hunter Biden emails are linked to a foreign intel operation  —  WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are examining whether the emails allegedly describing activities by Joe Biden and his son Hunter and found on a laptop at a Delaware repair shop are linked …
CBS News:
What we know - and don't know - about Hunter Biden's alleged laptop  —  Wilmington, Delaware — President Trump and his allies have launched a late effort to again tarnish Joe Biden by tying him to his son Hunter Biden's overseas business interests, publicizing emails and photos supposedly …
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Gave A Platform To The Shady Ukrainians Pushing The New York Post Biden Story
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Post:
Emails reveal how Hunter Biden tried to cash in big on behalf of family with Chinese firm
Alex Kaplan / Media Matters for America:
A user on a far-right message board was promoting the NY Post Hunter Biden articles days in advance
Discussion: Mediaite
Politico:
Trump refuses to denounce QAnon — and other key moments from tonight's town halls  —  The second presidential debate was called off, but President Donald Trump and Joe Biden still spent Thursday night on national TV, answering questions from voters in separate town hall events.
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The Daily Beast:
The Biden and Trump Shows: It's Mr. Rogers Vs. 'Someone's Crazy Uncle'  —  “He didn't spend the whole time yelling, he didn't piss himself... so this was as best as we could have hoped for,” said one Trump campaign adviser.  —  On one channel, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Biden Muddles Through Gentle, Hunter-Free Town Hall
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:
A Combative Trump and a Deliberate Biden Spar From Afar at Town Halls
Discussion: Washington Times and The Guardian
Hollywood Reporter:
J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Mariska Hargitay Among 100 Top Hollywood Players Protesting NBC's Trump Town Hall
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
NBC Actors, Producers Protest Network's Decision to Host Trump Town Hall at Same Time as Biden's ABC Event
Associated Press:
Trump, Biden go at it — from a distance — in town halls
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Undecided Voter’ at NBC Town Hall Informed Producer He Would Vote for Biden
Discussion: Washington Times
ABC News:
Biden's ABC town hall live updates: Former VP lays out vision in contrast to Trump
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive: GOP Sen. Sasse says Trump ‘kisses dictators’ butts' and mocks evangelicals  —  Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, in a private call with constituents, excoriated President Trump, saying he had mishandled the coronavirus response, “kisses dictators' butts,” “sells out our allies,” spends …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Slamming Trump, G.O.P. Senator Warns of a ‘Republican Blood Bath’  —  Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska issued a scathing takedown of President Trump during a telephone town hall with constituents, saying he cozied up to dictators and white supremacists.  —  Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska …
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Democrats hint at consequences as GOP moves to confirm Amy Coney Barrett … WASHINGTON — Republicans are confident a vote confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the the Supreme Court is only days away, but Democrats are looking farther ahead and warning that this swift process on the eve of an election won't be quickly forgotten.
Caroline Rose Giuliani / Vanity Fair:
Rudy Giuliani's Daughter Caroline on Voting for Joe Biden  —  I have a difficult confession—something I usually save for at least the second date.  My father is Rudy Giuliani.  We are multiverses apart, politically and otherwise.  I've spent a lifetime forging an identity in the arts separate …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Christie Says He Was ‘Wrong’ Not to Wear Masks at White House  —  Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who was hospitalized as he battled the coronavirus, urged people to follow C.D.C. guidelines in public.  —  Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who was recently battling …
Matt Buxton / The Midnight Sun:
Gross gains slight lead on Sullivan in latest poll  —  The latest poll on the race for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat gives Democrat-backed independent challenger Al Gross a one-point lead against Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan.  —  Gross has the support of 47% of the 606 Alaska likely voters covered …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Lindsey Graham Leads Jaime Harrison in South Carolina Race, Poll Shows  —  Mr. Graham, in a tough fight for re-election, is ahead by six percentage points, a Times/Siena College poll shows.  President Trump leads Joseph R. Biden Jr. by eight points in a state he won by 14 in 2016.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico, Townhall and IJR
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Jeremy Stahl / Slate:
Oh Good, Dianne Feinstein Concluded the Barrett Hearings by Giving a Maskless Lindsey Graham a Hug
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Biden Takes Double-Digit Lead Over Trump  —  With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, Democrat Joe Biden has taken a double-digit lead over President Trump, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.  —  The former vice president leads Trump 54% to 43% among likely voters in the poll.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
C-SPAN suspends Scully after he admits to lie about hack  —  NEW YORK (AP) — C-SPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully indefinitely Thursday after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked when he was confronted about a questionable exchange with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci.
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Phillip Halpern / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Commentary: I won't work in Attorney General William Barr's Justice Department any longer  —  After 36 years, I'm fleeing what was the U.S. Department of Justice — where I proudly served 19 different attorneys general and six different presidents.  For the last three-plus decades …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Rod Rosenstein Was Just Doing His Job
Discussion: Bloomberg
Politico:
Adelsons pour $75M into last-ditch effort to save Trump  —  Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Adelson gave $75 million to a super PAC that flooded battleground states with anti-Joe Biden ads in September, a huge investment from the GOP megadonors as President Donald Trump slipped in the polls.
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and NPR
NBC News:
YouTube bans QAnon, other conspiracy content that targets individuals  —  YouTube said Thursday that it would no longer allow content that targets individuals and groups with conspiracy theories, specifically QAnon and its antecedent, “pizzagate.”  —  “Today, we are taking another step …
CNN:
Trump administration rejects California's disaster assistance request for wildfires  —  (CNN)The Trump administration has rejected California's request for a disaster declaration for six destructive wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres across the state, including …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The best thing Senate Republicans can do to save themselves on Election Day  —  As polls show Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holding what appears to be a solid and durable lead over President Trump, there is a growing assumption among Republicans that Trump is heading for defeat …
ProPublica:
Inside the Fall of the CDC … ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  At 7:47 a.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Jay Butler pounded out a grim email to colleagues at the Centers …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Science
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Surprise!  Huge early vote bodes well for avoiding electoral disaster.  —  A few months ago, the reigning fear was that President Trump might be able to exploit delays in the mail service to try to steal the election by pushing for the invalidation of millions of late-arriving mail ballots.
Discussion: YouGov and Daily Kos
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Biden pressed on 'you ain't Black' comment during town hall  —  An undecided African American voter took a veiled swipe at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden  —  Joe Biden acknowledges past court-packing position  —  An undecided African American voter took a veiled swipe …
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Akshay Syal / NBC News:
Trump repeats inaccurate claim about masks, citing CDC study.
Discussion: Mediaite and Poynter
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
Biden Says He'll Clarify Court-Packing Stance before Election — with a Catch
Discussion: Instapundit
Just Security:
Timeline of the Coronavirus Pandemic and U.S. Response
Discussion: New York Times
Concepción de León / New York Times:
Jetpack Sighted Again Above Los Angeles, This Time at 6,000 Feet
Discussion: Gothamist
 Earlier Items: 
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
John Kennedy Is America's Folksiest Senator. Some People Who Know Him Say It's An Act.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem Gains in Key Races
Matthew Zeitlin / New York Magazine:
Nerd Wars Nate Silver and G. Elliott Morris are trying to make sense of the 2020 election — and each other.
Bari Weiss / Tablet Magazine:
Stop Being Shocked  —  American liberalism is in danger from a new ideology—one with dangerous implications for Jews
Discussion: Instapundit
Lauren Leatherby / New York Times:
U.S. Virus Cases Climb Toward a Third Peak
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up