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Washington Post:
White House was warned Giuliani was target of Russian intelligence operation to feed misinformation to Trump  —  U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that President Trump's personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence …
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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.”
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 …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Feds examining if alleged Hunter Biden emails are linked to a foreign intel operation  —  WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are examining whether the emails allegedly describing activities by Joe Biden and his son Hunter and found on a laptop at a Delaware repair shop are linked …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Savannah Guthrie gets answers from Trump by setting a fast pace and following up.  —  Savannah Guthrie spent most of the NBC News town hall tearing into President Trump with a series of quick-paced, conversational questions that put him on the spot and successfully revealed his evasions …
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The Daily Beast:
The Biden and Trump Shows: It's Mr. Rogers Vs. 'Someone's Crazy Uncle'  —  “He didn't spend the whole time yelling, he didn't piss himself... so this was as best as we could have hoped for,” said one Trump campaign adviser.  —  On one channel, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
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 …
Molly Olmstead / Slate:
It Took Savannah Guthrie 19 Minutes to Give Trump His Toughest Grilling in Years  — Oh Good, Dianne Feinstein Concluded the Barrett Hearings by Giving a Maskless Lindsey Graham a Hug  —  Rather than face former Vice President Joe Biden in a town hall debate on Thursday …
NBC News:
5 takeaways from Trump's and Biden's dueling town halls  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and Joe Biden were in different cities for the dueling town halls Thursday that replaced their debate.  But they may as well have been in different universes.  —  Replacing the presidential debate …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Savannah Guthrie's questions at NBC's town hall exposed Trump's warped information diet  —  (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  Whenever President Trump ventures off Fox and gives an interview …
Discussion: @politifact, Mediaite and KVIA-TV
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
The jarring contrast between Trump and Biden, in 3 moments from their competing town halls
Politico:
Trump gets grilled as Biden coasts: Takeaways from the dueling town halls
ABC News:
Biden's ABC town hall live updates: Former VP lays out vision in contrast to Trump
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 …
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive: GOP Sen. Sasse says Trump ‘kisses dictators’ butts' and mocks evangelicals  —  Republican Sen. Ben Sasse excoriated President Trump in a telephone conference call with constituents this week, saying he had mishandled the coronavirus response, “kisses dictators' butts,” …
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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Slamming Trump, G.O.P. Senator Warns of a ‘Republican Blood Bath’  —  Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska issued a scathing takedown of President Trump during a telephone town hall with constituents, saying he cozied up to dictators and white supremacists.  —  Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
GOP Sen. Sasse unleashes scathing attack on Trump, ‘TV-obsessed’ narcissist
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Trump administration rejects California's disaster assistance request for wildfires  —  (CNN)The Trump administration has rejected California's request for a disaster declaration for six destructive wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres across the state, including …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Andrew J. Campa / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration blocks California wildfire relief
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 …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Where will all the Trump staffers go?  Preparing for the worst, the GOP ponders life after Trump  —  If Trump loses, 'it'll be challenging for Republicans everywhere' to find a new job, said Sean Spicer.  —  Four years ago, some Republicans who said unsavory things during the campaign …
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
New York Times:
By Calling Climate Change ‘Controversial,’ Barrett Created Controversy  —  Judge Amy Coney Barrett refused to answer numerous questions, but it was her avoidance of acknowledging climate change that particularly resonated.  —  During two grueling days of questioning over her Supreme Court confirmation …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Christie Says He Was ‘Wrong’ Not to Wear Masks at White House  —  Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who was hospitalized as he battled the coronavirus, urged people to follow C.D.C. guidelines in public.  —  Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who was recently battling …
Emily Bicks / Heavy.com:
Is Thomas Schoenberger the Mastermind Behind QAnon?  [EXCLUSIVE]  —  QAnon, a far-right conspiracy cult that believes President Donald Trump is waging a secret war against Satan-worshipping cannibal pedophiles in government and across the world, has exponentially grown in popularity since the first …
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
“Rigged” author explains how Russia is interfering in the 2020 election today  —  Scott speaks with author David Shimer, whose new book “Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference” has received critical acclaim, including from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Associated Press:
White House puts ‘politicals’ at CDC to try to control info  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump White House has installed two political operatives at the nation's top public health agency to try to control the information it releases about the coronavirus pandemic as the administration seeks …
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.
Ethan Fitzgerald / WHNT-TV:
IRS documents show Tuberville Foundation kept money from vets  —  HUNTSVILLE, Ala - A recent New York Times and Associated Press report detailed less than one-third of Tommy Tuberville Foundation funds left the organization and ended up in the hands of veterans.
 
 
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Most ‘swing voters’ sticking with Trump, don't blame him for COVID
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Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
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