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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 …
New York Times:
Allegation on Biden Prompts Pushback From Social Media Companies  —  Joe Biden's campaign rejected assertions made in a published report that were based on unverified material from Trump allies.  Facebook and Twitter found the story dubious enough to limit access to it on their platform.
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
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Twitter Blocks Link To House GOP Committee Webpage For Republishing Censored New York Post Story
Fox News:
Twitter locks official Trump campaign account over sharing Hunter Biden video
Rod Dreher:
Shhh! Don't Talk About Hunter Biden
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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Hollywood Reporter:
J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Mariska Hargitay Among 100 Top Hollywood Players Protesting NBC's Trump Town Hall
Jordan Moreau / Variety:
More Than 100 Hollywood Stars Demand NBC Moves Trump Town Hall
Discussion: Redstate and The Hill
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
By giving Trump a town hall to rival Biden's, NBC is playing into his ratings obsession — again
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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
Dan Primack / Axios:
McConnell says he will not put $1.8 trillion stimulus bill on Senate floor  —  The stimulus negotiations are beginning to remind me of running on a treadmill — lots of effort, no forward motion.  —  Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he would not put …
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Politico:
McConnell plots out preelection endgame with Barrett, Covid relief
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, Political Wire, Politico and IJR
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 …
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
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ProPublica:   Inside the Fall of the CDC
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 …
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 …
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+
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
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.
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
11 Hacks, Leaks, And Hoaxes That Twitter And Facebook Didn't Throttle — Because They Hurt Trump  —  Twitter's technicality is a fig leaf to enable continued control of public discourse by an unelected private industry that is 9-to-1 in the tank for Democrats and can decide what Americans are allowed to know.
Concepción de León / New York Times:
Jetpack Sighted Again Above Los Angeles, This Time at 6,000 Feet  —  Federal officials are looking into the second such sighting in just six weeks.  Two airline pilots previously spotted a man in a jetpack at an altitude of 3,000 feet.  —  For the second time in six weeks …
Discussion: Gothamist
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Bonchie / Redstate:
Dr. Fauci Has a New Demand of You, as His Shameless Media Tour Continues  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci is now more popular than ever among media elites.  All it took was for him to take an adversarial approach to President Trump over the coronavirus.  Who could have guessed?
Discussion: CBS News, Washington Post and The Week
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 …
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 …
Joshua Leifer / Jewish Currents:
The New Heimish Populism  —  LAST WEEK, in the middle of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot, a right-wing Orthodox revolt exploded in Brooklyn's streets.  For two consecutive nights, a gravelly voiced talk radio personality named Heshy Tischler led anti-mask, pro-Trump protests …
John Fabian Witt / New York Times:
Republican Judges Are Quietly Upending Public Health Laws  —  A catastrophic sequence of decisions has blocked states from responding to the pandemic.  —  Mr. Witt is a law professor at Yale and the author of the forthcoming “American Contagions: Epidemics and the Law From Smallpox to Covid-19.”
 
 
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Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
For Trump's ‘rigged’ election claims, an online megaphone awaits
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Andrew Cuomo might be a sociopath: a book review
Discussion: Townhall
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Ray McGuire, Wall Street Executive, Enters N.Y.C. Mayor's Race
Discussion: Reuters, Forbes and TheStreet
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
John Kennedy Is America's Folksiest Senator. Some People Who Know Him Say It's An Act.
Tax Policy Center:
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Bari Weiss / Tablet Magazine:
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Discussion: Instapundit
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Harris cancels travel after Biden campaign announces positive Covid tests
Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Rose to 898,000 Last Week
Discussion: CNBC, The Daily Caller and The Week
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump Is Suffering From Trump Derangement Syndrome
New York Times:
As Virus Spread, Reports of Trump Administration's Private Briefings Fueled Sell-Off