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12:40 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 …
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
US intelligence analysts feared Russia would dump hacked and forged Burisma emails targeting Biden as an ‘October surprise,’ report says … - US intelligence analysts suspected at least as far back as last month that a mixture of hacked and forged emails from the Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings might …
New York Times:
Allegation on Biden Prompts Pushback From Social Media Companies
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
Rod Dreher:
Shhh! Don't Talk About Hunter Biden
Russel Dye / House Judiciary Committee Republicans:
Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
Anti-Biden Disinformation Decried by Disinfo Experts, Social-Media Giants
Fox News:
Twitter locks official Trump campaign account over sharing Hunter Biden video
Politico:
Biden campaign lashes out at New York Post
CNN:
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 …
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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: Slate and Washington Post
Politico:
McConnell plots out preelection endgame with Barrett, Covid relief
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
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Biden campaign halts Kamala Harris' travel after two people in campaign's orbit test positive for coronavirus
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 …
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
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
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump says he doesn't get COVID-19 tests “every day”  —  President Trump told Fox Business on Thursday that he's tested for the coronavirus “a lot,” but “not every day.”  —  Why it matters: The White House relied heavily on testing as a protective measure against COVID-19 …
Discussion: The Hill, Forbes and Raw Story
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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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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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The Daily Beast:
NBC Staffers Seethe as Trump Gleefully Uses the Network Against Biden
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Your Local Bookstore Wants You to Know That It's Struggling  —  Independent booksellers are desperate for customers to return, and not just for an online reading.  —  The signs started appearing in bookstore windows this week.  —  “Buy books from people who want to sell books, not colonize the moon.”
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Top Democratic super PAC boosts MJ Hegar in Texas' U.S. Senate race with $8.6 million TV blitz  —  The group is jumping into the contest with an ad campaign targeting Republican incumbent John Cornyn on health care.  —  Copy link  —  Senate Majority PAC, the top Democratic super PAC in U.S. Senate races …
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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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
James Carville / The Bulwark:
A Crusade for Something Noble
Discussion: Alternet.org and Bulwark+
Bari Weiss / Tablet Magazine:
Stop Being Shocked  —  American liberalism is in danger from a new ideology—one with dangerous implications for Jews
Jay Root / Houston Chronicle:
Texas Congressman Roger Williams pressured a bank to help out a top donor, records show
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
QAnon-promoting candidate Greene set to endorse Loeffler's Senate bid
Bonchie / Redstate:
Dr. Fauci Has a New Demand of You, as His Shameless Media Tour Continues
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Mike Allen / Axios:
Why Democrats remain nervous about Biden's chances
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Fox News veterans face a hurdle in the job market: Having Fox on the résumé
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
Elena Schneider / Politico:
ActBlue's stunning third quarter: $1.5 billion in donations
American Greatness:
Democrats Are Done with Democracy
Harriet Alexander / The Independent:
Giant billboard in Iowa directs people looking for campaign rally to ‘Trump Covid superspreader event’
Discussion: Des Moines Register