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2:00 PM ET, October 15, 2020

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New York Post:
Emails reveal how Hunter Biden tried to cash in big on behalf of family with Chinese firm  —  Hunter Biden pursued lucrative deals involving China's largest private energy company — including one that he said would be “interesting for me and my family,” emails obtained by The Post show.
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Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Rupert Murdoch Predicts a Landslide Win for Biden  —  The Australian mogul is disgusted by Trump's handling of COVID-19, remarking that the president is his own worst enemy and telling associates, ‘people are ready for Sleepy Joe.’ … President Trump's influential supporter Rupert Murdoch …
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  —  A user on TheDonald.win, a far-right message board, was hinting at and promoting a series of dubious articles from the New York Post about Hunter Biden days before they were published.
New York Times:
Allegation on Biden Prompts Pushback From Social Media Companies
Rod Dreher:
Shhh! Don't Talk About Hunter Biden
The Daily Beast:
Trump Knew for Days That Rudy's Hit on Hunter Biden Was Coming
Russel Dye / House Judiciary Committee Republicans:
Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad
Fox News:
Twitter locks official Trump campaign account over sharing Hunter Biden video
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  —  In letter to executives, the group demand Trump event be moved to different time slot  —  More than one hundred prominent actors, writers and producers are protesting NBC News's decision …
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Jordan Moreau / Variety:
More Than 100 Hollywood Stars Demand NBC Moves Trump Town Hall
Discussion: The Hill
The Daily Beast:
NBC Staffers Seethe as Trump Gleefully Uses the Network Against Biden
Politico:
McConnell plots out preelection endgame with Barrett, Covid relief  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is setting up a sprint into the Nov. 3 election, plotting out an end game that involves one last vote on coronavirus aid and culminates in a quick approval of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
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CNN:
Notre Dame calendars show more events not listed on Amy Coney Barrett's Senate paperwork
Hannah Jones / City Pages:
Garrison Keillor says Roe v. Wade not ‘worth fighting for anymore’
Discussion: Queerty and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Lauren Leatherby / New York Times:
U.S. Virus Cases Climb Toward a Third Peak  —  The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States is surging once again after growth slowed in late summer.  While the geography of the pandemic is now shifting to the Midwest and to more rural areas, cases are trending upward in most states …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up  —  Two new studies show the effect of the emergency $2 trillion package known as the Cares Act and what happened when the money ran out.  —  WASHINGTON — After an ambitious expansion of the safety net …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Harris cancels travel after Biden campaign announces positive Covid tests  —  Sen. Kamala Harris has canceled all campaign travel through this weekend “out of an abundance of caution” after a flight crew member and her communications director tested positive for coronavirus, the Biden campaign announced Thursday.
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Axios:
Harris pauses campaign travel after aide tests positive for coronavirus
Wall Street Journal:
A Demoralized CDC Grapples With White House Meddling and its Own Mistakes  —  Trump advisers made line-by-line edits to official health guidance, altering language written by scientists on church choirs and social distancing  —  President Trump and his advisers have taken a more hands-on role …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Eliza Collins / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Has 11-Point Lead Over Trump Less Than Three Weeks to Election Day  —  A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of registered voters shows Joe Biden leading the president 53% to 42%  —  Joe Biden holds a double-digit lead over President Trump less than three weeks from Election Day …
Discussion: Slate, Florida Politics and Politico
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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.  —  The forecasters are fighting.  Sometimes it's a subtweet: “The blindingly obvious lesson of 2016 for election modelers is 'it's super easy to build an overconfident model …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
New York Times:
As Virus Spread, Reports of Trump Administration's Private Briefings Fueled Sell-Off  —  A hedge fund consultant's summary of private presentations by White House economic advisers fanned investor worries.  —  On the afternoon of Feb. 24, President Trump declared on Twitter that the coronavirus was …
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New York Times:
As Virus Spread, Reports of Trump Administration's Private Briefings Fueled Sell-Off
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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: Townhall and IJR
Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
He Won't Concede, but He'll Pack His Bags  —  The day after the 2016 election, I ran into a journalist who'd covered Donald Trump in the 1980s and once knew the man well.  “Trump will be a one-term president—maximum,” he said, with what seemed unwarranted confidence, given the previous day's result.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Fox News veterans face a hurdle in the job market: Having Fox on the résumé  —  When Eboni Williams was first exploring leaving her job at Fox News in 2018, she kept hearing the same thing in her conversations with news executives at rival networks.
Politico:
'He's getting a bit desperate': Trump tramples government boundaries as election nears  —  The farther behind Donald Trump has fallen in the competition for campaign dollars, the more he's milked government resources to make up the difference.  —  Millions of boxes of food doled out to needy families …
The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Posts Footage of Himself Mocking Asians to YouTube  —  The president's personal lawyer gleefully pantomimed a bow while putting on a stereotypical Chinese accent in footage he apparently posted accidentally.  —  Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was caught mocking Asians …
Adrian Wojnarowski / ESPN:
Daryl Morey stepping down as Houston Rockets GM, sources say  —  Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down, sources told ESPN.  —  In the aftermath of Houston's elimination from the NBA's restart in Orlando, Florida, Morey approached owner Tilman Fertitta with the idea of leaving the job …
James Carville / The Bulwark:
A Crusade for Something Noble  —  Americans are coming together to save our Republic, right now.  And it means something.  —  In 1948, General Dwight D. Eisenhower released an expansive memoir that transcribed his personal account as Supreme Allied commander in Europe during World War II …
Discussion: Alternet.org and Bulwark+
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Dem Gains in Key Races  —  Support ticks up for legalizing marijuana  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in Arizona, making small gains in the past month.  The Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll finds the Democrat maintaining a large advantage among Latino voters …
Tom Phillips / The Guardian:
Police find cash hidden between Bolsonaro ally's buttocks  —  Brazilian senator Chico Rodrigues is caught with notes during a search of his home  —  Jair Bolsonaro's efforts to portray himself as an anti-corruption crusader have suffered another blow after police reportedly seized a wad …
New York Times:
As Trump's Language Grows More Heated, Fears Rise of Political Violence  —  The plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan is only the latest in a growing list of election-related threats.  Some experts say the president is emboldening extremists.  —  The arrest of more than a dozen right-wing extremists …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
ActBlue's stunning third quarter: $1.5 billion in donations  —  Democratic candidates and left-leaning groups raised $1.5 billion through ActBlue over the last three months — a record-smashing total that reveals the overwhelming financial power small-dollar donors have unleashed up and down the ballot ahead of the 2020 election.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Bidenworld fires warning shot against Cabinet jockeying  —  Joe Biden's transition team has a message for anyone publicly jockeying for a job in a potential Biden administration: Knock it off.  —  Members of the transition team have been fuming at the recent flood of stories listing people …
 
 
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John Fabian Witt / New York Times:
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Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Ray McGuire, Wall Street Executive, Enters N.Y.C. Mayor's Race
Discussion: Reuters, Forbes and TheStreet
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Tax Policy Center:
An Updated Analysis of Former Vice President Biden's Tax Proposals
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg, Roll Call and The Hill
Luke Ramseth / The Clarion-Ledger:
Espy wants a debate. Hyde-Smith doesn't. Will voters get to see the candidates before Nov. 3?
Discussion: Mississippi Today and The Hill
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump says he doesn't get COVID-19 tests “every day”
Discussion: The Hill, Forbes and Raw Story
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Bari Weiss / Tablet Magazine:
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Jay Root / Houston Chronicle:
Texas Congressman Roger Williams pressured a bank to help out a top donor, records show
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
Why Democrats remain nervous about Biden's chances
Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Rose to 898,000 Last Week
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump Is Suffering From Trump Derangement Syndrome