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8:05 AM ET, October 16, 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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Hunter Biden Business
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.
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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.
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
The jarring contrast between Trump and Biden, in 3 moments from their competing town halls  —  President Trump and Joe Biden held competing town halls on Thursday.  Jim Watson, Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images  —  At the very moment Trump embraced QAnon, Biden embraced science.
NBC News:
5 takeaways from Trump's and Biden's dueling town halls  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and Joe Biden were in different cities for the dueling town halls Thursday that replaced their debate.  But they may as well have been in different universes.  —  Replacing the presidential debate …
New York Times:
A Combative Trump and a Deliberate Biden Spar From Afar at Town Halls  —  With less than three weeks left in the campaign, there was no sign that either candidate was diverging from the political tracks they laid down months ago.  —  President Trump spoke positively about an extremist …
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 …
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Elie Mystal / The Nation:
There Is Only One Solution to the Amy Coney Barrett Debacle
Discussion: Alternet.org and Axios
New York Times:
By Calling Climate Change ‘Controversial,’ Barrett Created Controversy
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Eric Boehm / Reason:
Joe Biden Still Doesn't Have a Coherent Answer About Court Packing
Discussion: UPI, Washington Post and IJR
Brittany Bernstein / National Review:
Biden Says He'll Clarify Court-Packing Stance before Election — with a Catch
Discussion: Instapundit
ABC News:
Biden's ABC town hall live updates: Former VP lays out vision in contrast to Trump
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: The Week, Townhall, Raw Story, Eschaton and CNN
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive: GOP Sen. Sasse says Trump ‘kisses dictators’ butts' and mocks evangelicals  —  Republican Sen. Ben Sasse excoriated President Trump in a telephone conference call with constituents this week, saying he had mishandled the coronavirus response, “kisses dictators' butts,” …
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 …
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Andrew J. Campa / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration blocks California wildfire relief
The Babylon Bee:
Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News … SAN FRANCISCO, CA—In a last-ditch effort to stop negative stories about Joe Biden and his family from spreading, Twitter shut down its entire social network Thursday.  —  After seeing account after account tweet …
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 and Balloon Juice
Dan Goldberg / Politico:
Hospitals search for enough beds and nurses as virus rebounds  —  The coronavirus is engulfing big city hospitals in states including Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana that are running low on nurses and beds and are being forced to set up overflow facilities.  —  With new daily U.S. cases surpassing 62,000 …
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
“Rigged” author explains how Russia is interfering in the 2020 election today  —  Scott speaks with author David Shimer, whose new book “Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference” has received critical acclaim, including from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
 
 
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Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Scared  —  People who have speculated that Trump's COVID-19 treatment altered his judgment misunderstand the president.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Where will all the Trump staffers go? Preparing for the worst, the GOP ponders life after Trump
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Biden Wants to Transform America (Really)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
‘It will get worse before it gets better’: Wisconsin shatters previous daily records with more than 3,700 new coronavirus cases
Michael Sallah / ICIJ:
Jail bankers who allow money laundering, top Democrat in U.S. Senate banking committee says in wake of FinCEN Files
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Bicks / Heavy.com:
Is Thomas Schoenberger the Mastermind Behind QAnon? [EXCLUSIVE]
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Rod Rosenstein Was Just Doing His Job
Discussion: Bloomberg
Akshay Syal / NBC News:
Trump repeats inaccurate claim about masks, citing CDC study.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The best thing Senate Republicans can do to save themselves on Election Day
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Surprise! Huge early vote bodes well for avoiding electoral disaster.
Discussion: The Hill, YouGov and Daily Kos
Politico:
Adelsons pour $75M into last-ditch effort to save Trump
Discussion: Associated Press and NPR