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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 …
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Trump miffed by Guthrie's questioning at town hall  —  President Donald Trump cranked up the sarcasm on Friday as he swiped at NBC's Savannah Guthrie during the prior night's town hall special in Miami.  —  “Another evening in paradise, I call it,” Trump said at an unrelated event in Fort Myers, Fla.
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Biden's ABC town hall questioners include former Obama speechwriter, wife of former Pennsylvania Dem candidate
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Guthrie grills Trump, but NBC still has to answer for itself
Breitbart:
Exclusive — ‘This is China, Inc.’: Emails Reveal Hunter Biden's Associates Helped Communist-Aligned Chinese Elites Secure White House Meetings  —  Newly obtained emails from a Hunter Biden business partner lay out in detail how the Vice President's son and his colleagues used their access …
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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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
On Hunter Biden, remember the real story
CNN:
US authorities investigating if recently published emails are tied to Russian disinformation effort targeting Biden
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 …
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Kushner brings back Katie Walsh Shields to offer strategic advice
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Former White House chief of staff tells friends that Trump ‘is the most flawed person’ he's ever met  —  (CNN)Former White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, has told friends that President Donald Trump “is the most flawed person” he's ever known.  —  “The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Major Democratic group pulls out of Colorado Senate race  —  DENVER — A major Democratic group on Friday pulled its last remaining ads from Colorado's closely watched U.S. Senate race, a sign that the party thinks its nominee has the crucial race in the bag.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court will review Trump plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from calculations for congressional seats  —  The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will review President Trump's attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants when calculating how congressional seats are apportioned among the states.
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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
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.
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 …
James McAuley / Washington Post:
Teacher in Paris suburb decapitated, allegedly after showing cartoons of prophet Muhammad in class  —  PARIS — A high school teacher in a Paris suburb was decapitated Friday afternoon, French authorities said, in an attack that occurred after the teacher had allegedly shown caricatures of the prophet Muhammad to his students.
New York Times:
In Reversal, Twitter Is No Longer Blocking New York Post Article  —  The latest change underlined how rapidly social media platforms are shifting their positions in the days leading up to the election.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It is the 11th hour before the presidential election.
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 …
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: The Hill, IJR, Raw Story, Mediaite and Fox News
Sophia Sleigh / London Evening Standard:
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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.
New York Times:
Who Was ‘El Padrino,’ Godfather to Drug Cartel?  Mexico's Defense Chief, U.S. Says  —  Drug enforcement agents had long tried to solve the mystery of “El Padrino,” a shadowy, powerful force.  They've now identified him as Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico's defense chief from 2012 to 2018.
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 and The Week
Catie Edmondson / New York Times:
Fearing a ‘Blood Bath,’ Republican Senators Begin to Edge Away From Trump  —  The statements offer an answer to the question of when Republicans might begin to repudiate the president after years of embracing him: the moment they believed he threatened their own political survival.
Washington Post:
State Department signals it will keep most details of its spending at Trump's properties hidden until after election  —  The State Department says it has about 450 pages of records showing government spending at President Trump's properties.  But this week, it signaled that it plans to release …
Washington Post:
Trump administration rejects, then approves, emergency aid for California fires, including biggest blaze in state history  —  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Fueled by extreme heat and dry, windy conditions, wildfires ravaged California in September, blazing through almost 1.9 million acres …
Business Insider:
How the GOP learned to love QAnon … - The far-right QAnon conspiracy theory — which holds that a cabal of Satan-worshiping, child-trafficking Democrats is plotting to oust President Donald Trump — has grown increasingly mainstream in the GOP base.  — At an NBC News town hall on Thursday night …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 and WAVY-TV
Betsy McKay / Wall Street Journal:
More Than 1,000 Current and Former CDC Officers Condemn U.S. Covid-19 Response  —  An open letter calls for the federal agency to play a more central role in addressing the pandemic  —  More than 1,000 current and former officers of an elite disease-fighting program at the U.S. Centers …
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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Topics for 3rd presidential debate are released  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):  —  President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will face questions on the coronavirus, race issues and climate change in the final presidential debate next week.
Jake Silverstein / New York Times:
On Recent Criticism of The 1619 Project  —  A response from our editor.  —  The 1619 Project, which was conceived of and led by Nikole Hannah-Jones, a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, advances a bold claim: that the date when the first enslaved Africans arrived in the English colonies …
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.
 
 
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Victoria McGrane Globe / The Boston Globe:
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Brittany De Lea / Fox News:
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Rebecca Rosenberg / Page Six:
Harvey Weinstein will likely die in prison if not freed, lawyers claim
Discussion: Gothamist
Politico:
Graham: Senate Judiciary to vote on subpoena for Facebook CEO
U.S. Department of Justice:
Remarks by Attorney General William P. Barr at the Major Cities Chiefs Association Conference
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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
Ben Collins / NBC News:
QAnon accounts make a dent in voting discussion on Twitter
Discussion: Techdirt
First Lady / The White House:
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Wall Street Journal:
How Mark Zuckerberg Learned Politics
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
What to Do About GOP Bad Faith After Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Times