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3:35 PM ET, October 16, 2020

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Brian Stelter / CNN:
More people watched Biden on ABC than Trump on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC  —  New York (CNN Business)Joe Biden's town hall on ABC averaged 13.9 million viewers on Thursday night, easily surpassing the Nielsen ratings for President Trump's town hall on NBC.  That alone was a result virtually no one in the TV business expected.
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Will Thorne / Variety:
TV Ratings: Biden Leads Town Hall Duel With Trump in Early Numbers … Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump appeared in directly competing town halls on Thursday night, after the President dropped out of the second debate.  —  Trump's hourlong appearance on NBC …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Presidential Town Halls Were Mister Rogers Versus Nasty Uncle Trump  —  Even Donald Trump has moments of self-awareness.  During an interview last week with Rush Limbaugh, the right-wing talk-radio host whom he honored with the Medal of Freedom earlier this year, the President briefly abandoned …
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Early Ratings: Biden's ABC Town Hall Tops Trump's on NBC  —  And the (ratings) battle of the Thursday town halls goes to...former Vice President Joe Biden and ABC!  For now, at least.  —  On ABC, Biden drew 12.7 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. On NBC alone, Trump got 10.4 million viewers in the same time slot.
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Biden's ABC town hall questioners include former Obama speechwriter, wife of former Pennsylvania Dem candidate  —  Former Obama-Biden administration speechwriter among questioners at ABC town hall  —  Biden defends economic agenda in town hall  —  Two of the questioners …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Savannah Guthrie grilled Trump like few others have, taking the heat off NBC for its town hall  —  The network was criticized for accommodating Trump after he rejected a debate.  But then the ‘Today’ host started asking him questions.  —  NBC faced sharp criticism this week for scheduling …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Savannah Guthrie gets answers from Trump by setting a fast pace and following up.
Dan Gainor / Fox News:
Trump's NBC town hall turns into debate with moderator — and Trump wins
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Biden says ‘it depends’ on court-packing, vaccine mandate at ABC town hall as election nears
Discussion: Breitbart, ABC News and American Herald
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Guthrie grills Trump, but NBC still has to answer for itself
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On Hunter Biden, remember the real story  —  The social media angle of the Hunter Biden email story has nearly taken over public discussion of the piece published in the New York Post headlined, “Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad.”
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Breitbart:   Exclusive — ‘This is China, Inc.’: Emails Reveal Hunter Biden's Associates Helped Communist-Aligned Chinese Elites Secure White House Meetings
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: 1-On-1 With Rudy Giuliani — What Haven't We Seen From The Hunter Biden Hard Drive, And Why Won't He Release It In Full?
Discussion: TheBlaze
Washington Post:
White House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
RNC files FEC complaint against Twitter, claims company made ‘illegal in-kind contribution’ to Biden campaign
Luke Mullins / Washingtonian:
He's 32.  He's Joe Biden's Press Secretary.  And He Has Stage 4 Cancer.  —  TJ Ducklo found out what it's like to work a presidential campaign while you're battling a devastating personal health crisis.  —  Everybody on the Biden campaign remembers the day that TJ Ducklo got back on the trail.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump's advisers brace for loss, point fingers  —  Three senior Trump advisers who recently talked to campaign manager Bill Stepien walked away believing he thinks they will lose.  —  The big picture: The Trump campaign is filled with internal blaming and pre-spinning of a potential loss …
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Donald Trump Has At Least $1 Billion In Debt, More Than Twice The Amount He Suggested  —  The president's liabilities are spelled out in dozens of documents, published here.  —  No aspect of Donald Trump's business has been the subject of more speculation than his debt load.
Discussion: CNN, Mother Jones and Raw Story
The Babylon Bee:
Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News … SAN FRANCISCO, CA—In a last-ditch effort to stop negative stories about Joe Biden and his family from spreading, Twitter shut down its entire social network Thursday.  —  After seeing account after account tweet …
Mainer:
Susan Collins Backs QAnon Believers for Maine Legislature  —  Candidates advocate “God-declared executions” for “traitorous” Jews, Catholics, Black Lives Matter and environmental activists  —  Sen. Susan Collins is financially supporting the state legislative campaigns of two fellow Maine Republicans …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ben Collins / NBC News:
QAnon accounts make a dent in voting discussion on Twitter  —  More than 1 in 50 tweets about voting in the 2020 elections in August and September were posted by QAnon accounts, according to research released Friday by Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
QAnon supporters behind canceled fundraiser give Trump $1M
Discussion: The Hill and Al Jazeera
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
What About the Rest of the Constitution?  —  Amy Coney Barrett's originalism ignores the significance of the second American Revolution.  —  On Tuesday, Judge Amy Coney Barrett took a few minutes during her confirmation hearing to discuss her judicial philosophy, best known as originalism.
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Pennsylvania has rejected 372,000 mail ballot applications, bewildering voters and straining elections staff  —  This article is co-published with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up here to get their next investigation.
Discussion: Political Wire and CBS Pittsburgh
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ProPublica:   Pennsylvania's Rejection of 372,000 Ballot Applications Bewilders Voters and Strains Election Staff
New York Times:
Pfizer Says It Won't Seek Vaccine Authorization Before Mid-November  —  Friday's announcement represents a shift in tone for the company and its leader, who has repeatedly emphasized the month of October in interviews and public appearances.  —  The chief executive of Pfizer said on Friday …
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Alaska Is More Competitive, but Republicans Still Lead  —  A fondness for minor-party candidates injects some uncertainty, making the state an unlikely late-stage battleground.  —  New York Times/Siena College poll of likely voters in Alaska  —  Trump  —  45%  —  Biden  —  39%  —  Jorgensen
New York Times:
End Our National Crisis  —  whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  —  It is separate from the newsroom.  —  THE VERDICT  —  Donald Trump's re-election campaign poses the greatest threat to American democracy since World War II.
Discussion: Fox News, Raw Story and Mediaite
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
What George W. Bush Plans to Do About Trump  —  George W. Bush doesn't like Donald Trump.  He doesn't like how Trump is behaving as president.  He clearly doesn't like the division in the country Trump has fostered.  He knows American democracy is under threat.
Discussion: The Hill, Al Jazeera and WAVY-TV
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
A Regulatory Rush by Federal Agencies to Secure Trump's Legacy  —  With the president's re-election in doubt, cabinet departments are scrambling to finish dozens of new rules affecting millions of Americans.  —  WASHINGTON — Facing the prospect that President Trump could lose his re-election bid …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Sophia Sleigh / London Evening Standard:
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Associated Press:
Concert attended by Gianforte linked to several COVID cases  —  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana concert attended by Republican candidate for governor U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte has been linked to several COVID-19 cases, local health officials said Thursday.  —  The outdoor concert …
Washington Post:
Turned off by Trump, Maryland's GOP governor casts write-in vote for Ronald Reagan  —  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he “voted for Ronald Reagan” in this year's election, writing in the name of the late president and conservative icon after concluding that he could support neither President Trump nor Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
First Lady / The White House:
First Lady Melania Trump: “Give Focus to Our Next Generation”  —  Over the last couple of weeks, I have had time to reflect on many things personal to me.  One of the most honorable and important roles I have ever undertaken has been serving you, the American people, as the First Lady of this country.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
In Ohio, a Printing Company Is Overwhelmed and Mail Ballots Are Delayed  —  The company was until recently flying a “Trump 2020” flag over its Cleveland headquarters.  The problems it has had underscore the stress that mail voting has put on the nation's election process amid the pandemic.
Discussion: Ohio Capital Journal
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Organization Considers Sale of Its Seven Springs Property  —  Westchester, N.Y., estate has been difficult to develop  —  The Trump Organization is considering selling its sprawling Westchester, N.Y., estate, according to people familiar with the matter, after years …
Sarah Owermohle / Politico:
Pfizer delivers final blow to Trump's hope for pre-election vaccine  —  There won't be a coronavirus vaccine ready before Election Day, despite President Donald Trump's repeated promises and vaccine makers' breakneck speed.  —  The president's last best hope for meeting that deadline fizzled Friday …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
Trump Is Scared  —  He seemed as if he might be delirious.  He blasted out bewildering tweets in all caps.  Sick and infectious, he circled the perimeter of the hospital in an armored SUV, waving to supporters.  He demanded the arrest of his opponents.  —  After doctors treated Donald …
Discussion: Progress Pond and Raw Story
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
What to Do About GOP Bad Faith After Trump  —  There's no single incident that perfectly captures the nature of modern conservative politics, but the lengthy, bad-faith Republican effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act comes close.  —  In 2009 and into 2010, Republicans campaigned …
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Times
 
 
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USA Today:
COVID-19 cases in US grow at a speed not seen since July, the summer peak
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
With Gardner trailing Hickenlooper, national GOP groups scale back spending in Colorado
Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
France's litany of deadly attacks
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
G.O.P.-Appointed Judges Threaten Democracy, Liberals Seeking Court Expansion Say
Discussion: Alternet.org and Associated Press
Craig Mauger / The Detroit News:
Michigan bans open carry of guns inside and near polling places
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Reuters:
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Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
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