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9:45 AM ET, October 15, 2020


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Biden campaign lashes out at New York Post  —  Joe Biden's campaign is punching back at a New York Post story that alleged a direct link between the Democratic presidential nominee and his son's business dealings.  —  Top Biden advisers who staffed him during his vice presidency …
The Daily Beast:
Man Who Reportedly Gave Hunter's Laptop to Rudy Speaks Out in Bizarre Interview
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Hunter Biden's alleged laptop: An explainer
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
Anti-Biden Disinformation Decried by Disinfo Experts, Social-Media Giants
Dominic Green / Spectator USA:
Hunter Biden and the Big Tech information coup
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Giuliani and the New York Post Are Pushing Russian Disinformation. It's a Big Test for the Media.
Notre Dame calendars show more events not listed on Amy Coney Barrett's Senate paperwork  —  (CNN)Public calendars from the University of Notre Dame's law school show at least seven additional talks not listed on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Senate paperwork, including one with the law school's …
Hannah Jones / City Pages:
Garrison Keillor says Roe v. Wade not ‘worth fighting for anymore’
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Samantha Raphelson / NPR:
Booker Doubles Down On Barrett In Continued Exchange About Racism
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Witnesses set to clash over Barrett's confirmation during final Judiciary Committee hearing
Discussion: Breitbart, The Hill and NPR
Senate Republicans wave away SCOTUS threat to Obamacare
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Biden continues to hold double-digit national lead over Trump in NBC News/WSJ poll  —  WASHINGTON — Less than three weeks before Election Day, Joe Biden maintains a double-digit national lead over President Donald Trump, with 6 in 10 voters saying that the country is on the wrong track …
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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 …
'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 …
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
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.
Discussion: ActBlue Blog
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 …
First Lady / The White House:
First Lady Melania Trump: “My personal experience with COVID-19.”  —  It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received—I tested positive for COVID-19.  To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation's Commander-in-Chief, received the same news.
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 …
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 …
Asha Rangappa / CNN:
The alarming question behind Barr's ‘unmasking’ probe  —  Washington Post: Barr ‘unmasking’ investigation finds no wrongdoing  —  Asha Rangappa is a senior lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.  She is a former FBI special agent, specializing in counterintelligence investigations.
American Greatness:
Democrats Are Done with Democracy  —  Those who want to preserve the consent of the governed need to vote accordingly on November 3.  —  After a century of progressives hollowing out our constitutional republic from within through their administrative state governing philosophy, their patience has finally run out.
Steph Solis / Union-News:
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker doesn't plan to vote for President Donald Trump  —  Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he's not sure how he'll vote, but one thing is certain: he doesn't plan to back Donald Trump's re-election.  —  When asked how he will vote, the Republican governor …
Discussion: WHDH-TV
Asher Klein / NBC Boston:
Baker Says He Won't Support Fellow Republican Trump in 2020 Election
Discussion: Axios, Forbes and The Hill
Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Rose to 898,000 Last Week  —  New unemployment claims continue to exceed the pre-pandemic high point  —  The number of new applications for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since late August, as persistent layoffs hold back the economic recovery.
Discussion: CNBC and The Daily Caller
Harriet Alexander / The Independent:
Giant billboard in Iowa directs people looking for campaign rally to ‘Trump Covid superspreader event’  —  Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend  —  An group of Iowa farmers has put up a billboard ahead of the president's Wednesday night rally in the state, directing people towards the “Trump Covid superspreader event”.
Charles Piller / Science:
The inside story of how Trump's COVID-19 coordinator undermined the world's top health agency  —  Science's COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation.  —  On the morning of 13 July, more than 20 COVID-19 experts from across the U.S. government assembled …
California Republican Party says it will not comply with state's cease and desist order on ballot drop boxes  —  (CNN)The California Republican Party said Wednesday it will not comply with the state's cease-and-desist order over unofficial ballot drop boxes placed in at least four counties …
The fastest way to send criminal cash: money transmitters  —  No, this former vice president cannot have his seven planes back.  —  In May, the International Criminal Court ruled that Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, will not be compensated …
Discussion: The Strategist
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Graeme Wood / The Atlantic:
He Won't Concede, But He'll Pack His Bags
Discussion: Raw Story
Kriston Capps / Bloomberg:
The 2020 Census Is Being ‘Sabotaged,’ Says Leading U.S. Statistician
Discussion: Reason and Vox
Ryan McCrimmon / Politico:
Sonny Perdue faces ethics questions over his business holdings
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
NBC Staffers Seethe as Trump Gleefully Uses the Network Against Biden
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Joe Biden could have the most diverse Cabinet in U.S. history
Discussion: Political Wire
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump Is Suffering From Trump Derangement Syndrome
Associated Press:
History, mistrust spurring Black early voters in Georgia
Brooke Crothers / Fox News:
FBI, DHS say hackers have gained access to election systems
 Earlier Items: 
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Fighters Against Socialism  —  A lot of people think that President Trump has a stealth Hispanic vote …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
EU to Boris Johnson: Get Brexit done already
The Dworkin Report:'s senior strategist just gave calming advice for the 2020 election
Henry Olsen / Washington Post:
Trump's flailing campaign is starting to look a lot like Jeb Bush's
Discussion: Raw Story and USA Today
Exclusive: Feds chased suspected foreign link to Trump's 2016 campaign cash for three years
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story