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11:40 AM 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.
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.
Rod Dreher:
Shhh!  Don't Talk About Hunter Biden  —  The New York Post had a big scoop today: … Read it all — there are screenshots, and a louche photo of a shirtless Hunter taken from the hard drive.  —  The story might have been a one-day affair — except for Twitter and Facebook interfered to keep people from sharing it.
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
Biden campaign lashes out at New York Post
The Daily Beast:
Man Who Reportedly Gave Hunter's Laptop to Rudy Speaks Out in Bizarre Interview
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: Slate and Washington Post
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
'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 …
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
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 …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
QAnon-promoting candidate Greene set to endorse Loeffler's Senate bid  —  U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is set to accept the endorsement on Thursday of congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene, a controversial fellow Republican who has spread baseless QAnon conspiracy theories and posted racist and xenophobic videos on social media.
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, DSCC and Daily Kos
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.
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump Is Suffering From Trump Derangement Syndrome  —  One of the familiar taunts that supporters of the president hurl at opponents is that they are suffering from TDS: Trump Derangement Syndrome.  —  TDS is marked by neurotic obsession with the president and his provocations …
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Why Democrats remain nervous about Biden's chances  —  In private, some top Democrats remain nervous about the presidential race, despite Joe Biden's lead in swing state after swing state — and strength in states that had looked out of reach (including Georgia, Ohio and Iowa).
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: Washington Post and The Week
The Boston Globe:
Governor Baker reaffirms he won't vote for Trump  —  Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday reaffirmed that he will not vote for President Trump, a fellow Republican, though he declined to discuss how he might cast his ballot.  —  Asked by a reporter during a State House news conference …
Discussion: Fox News, Axios, Political Wire and WHDH-TV
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Samantha Springer / NBC News:
Secret tapes show neo-Nazi group The Base recruiting former members of the military
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Jay Root / Houston Chronicle:
Texas Congressman Roger Williams pressured a bank to help out a top donor, records show
Discussion: Raw Story
The Economist:
The persecution of the Uyghurs is a crime against humanity
Kriston Capps / Bloomberg:
The 2020 Census Is Being ‘Sabotaged,’ Says Leading U.S. Statistician
Discussion: Reason
The Daily Beast:
NBC Staffers Seethe as Trump Gleefully Uses the Network Against Biden
Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Jobless Claims Rose to 898,000 Last Week
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Harriet Alexander / The Independent:
Giant billboard in Iowa directs people looking for campaign rally to ‘Trump Covid superspreader event’
Charles Piller / Science:
The inside story of how Trump's COVID-19 coordinator undermined the world's top health agency
First Lady / The White House:
First Lady Melania Trump: “My personal experience with COVID-19.”