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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 …
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.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Presidential Town Halls Were Mister Rogers Versus Nasty Uncle Trump
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
The Daily Beast:
Bolton Warned His Staff To Stay Away From Russia-Aligned Rudy Giuliani  —  NYET … As early as the spring of 2019, the former New York mayor was seen as a conduit for Russia's evolving efforts to manipulate the forthcoming election.  —  Former National Security Adviser John Bolton repeatedly told …
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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
AP source: FBI probing if emails part of influence operation
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Forbes
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 and New York Post
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 and McDaniel bring back Katie Walsh Shields to offer strategic advice  —  In recent days, Jared Kushner has brought back 2016 Republican National Committee chief of staff Katie Walsh Shields to offer strategic advice in the RNC's collaboration with the Trump campaign …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: The Hill and Raw Story
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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Fox News:
Source on alleged Hunter Biden email chain verifies message about Chinese investment firm  —  Sources have told Fox News that ‘the big guy’ is a reference to the former vice president.  — Flipboard  —  New Hunter Biden emails detail alleged dealings with China
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: Mother Jones, CNN and Raw Story
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New York Times:   $421 Million in Debt: Trump Calls It ‘a Peanut,’ but Challenges Lie Ahead
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.
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
With Gardner trailing Hickenlooper, national GOP groups scale back spending in Colorado  —  “It's over,” Republican pollster says of Colorado's U.S. Senate race  —  Faced with a consistent stream of polls showing U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner headed for a loss next month, national Republican groups …
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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: Political Wire
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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Rebecca Hennes / Houston Chronicle:
Trump billboard in Houston goes viral after being vandalized  —  A Donald Trump billboard located off Houston's Telephone Road has been vandalized, sparking a viral response on social media.  —  Personal injury lawyer Rogelio Garcia, 61, said he first spotted the billboard located …
Washington Post:
Ex-Washington cheerleaders shaken by lewd videos: 'I don't think they viewed us as people'  —  The contracts for the Washington Football Team's cheerleaders held them to a strict moral code.  “Inappropriate” conduct or online content, including nude or seminude appearances in “tasteless” …
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart and OutKick
New York Times:
White House Opposes Expanded Virus Testing, Complicating Stimulus Talks  —  Some administration officials say testing Americans with no symptoms of the coronavirus would hurt the economy and restrict civil liberties.  Democrats and some prominent experts say it would slow the virus and bolster economic growth.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Third Justice Dept. Prosecutor Publicly Denounces Barr  —  The prosecutor also said he retired after staying on to protect a public corruption case against a Republican congressman.  —  WASHINGTON — A 36-year veteran of the Justice Department this week accused Attorney General William P. Barr …
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.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS lawyer: Trump's drug cards could violate election law  —  The health department's top lawyer is warning in an internal memo that President Donald Trump's plan to give seniors $200 discount cards to buy prescription drugs could violate election law, according to three officials with knowledge of those legal concerns.
Allison Ross / Tampa Bay Times:
Here we go, Florida: Voters start casting ballots in person on Monday  —  Early in-person voting is going to be closely watched this year, with officials reviewing security and safety plans amid the coronavirus and a highly contentious presidential race.  —  The 2020 general election season hits …
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Former Fox News Host Spreads Virus Misinformation on His Sinclair Show  —  Sinclair will edit Eric Bolling's online program before televising it, the host said.  He walked back his statements on masks but reaffirmed a false theory on the pandemic's origins.
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.
Victoria McGrane Globe / The Boston Globe:
Joe Kennedy III campaign says it improperly spent $1.5 million in Senate primary  —  The campaign of Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III said Friday that it improperly spent $1.5 million of donations intended for the general election during the final weeks of his bitter and ultimately …
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
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.
Tim Miller / Rolling Stone:
Even in Defeat, Trumpism Isn't Going Anywhere  —  Republicans pining for days gone by have some tough truths to face  —  As the mad king raged at Savannah Guthrie for having the gall to question him about his conspiracy mongering, mask trutherism, and failure to even pretend to manage …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Bulwark+
Sophia Sleigh / London Evening Standard:
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ABC News:
Neo-Nazi and Proud Boys groups push Trump campaign poll watching operation online: Reports  —  “Some of these groups will be listening to his false claims of fraud.”  —  Oregon governor says Trump ‘is stoking the fires of hatred and division’  —  Kate Brown on her state's political unrest, mail-in voting system and wildfire aid.
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: IJR, Fox News, The Hill, Raw Story and Mediaite
Erika Edwards / NBC News:
A rare Covid-19 complication was reported in children.  Now, it's showing up in adults.  —  It was a rash that tipped Dr. Alisa Femia off.  —  Femia, director of inpatient dermatology at NYU Langone Health in New York City, was looking at a patient's chart, which included several photos …
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 
 
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