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11:25 AM ET, October 16, 2020

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Dan Gainor / Fox News:
Trump's NBC town hall turns into debate with moderator — and Trump wins  —  It took 20 minutes into the event before Guthrie even let the audience chime in  —  Hannity: Trump NBC town hall turned into ‘political debate’  —  Some news events live up to their billing.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jessica Lipscomb / Miami New Times:
Woman Who Likes Trump's Smile: “I Wish He Would Smile More and Talk Less”  —  If you'd made a bingo card in anticipation of tonight's Miami town hall with President Donald Trump, a few squares would be obvious.  Trump says he's feeling better than ever after his COVID-19 diagnosis?  Check.
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.
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: pjmedia.com, @politifact and Mediaite
NBC News:
5 takeaways from Trump's and Biden's dueling town halls
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
The jarring contrast between Trump and Biden, in 3 moments from their competing town halls
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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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 …
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
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Joe Biden's Boosters Wrote His Prodigal Son's Entire Resume
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 …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump appears to earnestly share satirical website's take on Twitter
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: CBS Pittsburgh
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ProPublica:
Pennsylvania's Rejection of 372,000 Ballot Applications Bewilders Voters and Strains Election Staff  —  Most rejected applications were deemed duplicates because voters had unwittingly checked a request box during the primary.  The administrative nightmare highlights the difficulty of ramping up mail-in voting on the fly.
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.
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 …
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
GOP Sen. Sasse unleashes scathing attack on Trump, ‘TV-obsessed’ narcissist
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: Raw Story
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: How much of a problem is a Trump job on your resume?  Some Republicans are starting to wonder  —  Hi, hello, good morning.  Buy something from your local bookstore, remind a man to smile more this weekend and shoot your shot.  Thanks for waking up with us.  See you on Monday.
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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.
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Avalanche of early votes transforming 2020 election  —  More than 17 million Americans have already cast ballots in the 2020 election, a record-shattering avalanche of early votes driven both by Democratic enthusiasm and a pandemic that has transformed the way the nation votes.
Discussion: Political Wire, Bloomberg and CNN
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Alex Burness / Denver Post:
Early voter turnout in Colorado increases a “bonkers” 2,400% from 2016
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
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 …
Lauren Katzenberg / New York Times:
Turning the Lights Down on the At War Channel  —  The Times project that has provided original reporting and firsthand accounts of conflict is winding down.  —  There are few media platforms that operate solely to examine the experiences of war and the toll they've taken on both Americans …
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 …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Videos Show Proud Boys' ‘Extra Friendly’ Relationship With Philly Cops  —  Exclusive footage paints a disturbing picture of the city just days before Trump told the group to “stand back and stand by” and teased election intimidation in Pennsylvania. … On Sept. 26, members of the far-right group …
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: Al Jazeera and Politico
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Biden camp appears to be heading into final stretch with serious cash advantage over Trump re-elect  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's campaign apparatus appears to have significantly outraised President Donald Trump's re-election effort in September, according to both campaigns …
Discussion: The Nation and New York Times
Michael Levenson / New York Times:
U.S. Brings ‘Largest Ever Tax Charge’ Against Tech Executive  —  Federal prosecutors said Robert T. Brockman had used a web of entities based in Bermuda and Nevis, as well as secret bank accounts in Bermuda and Switzerland, to hide $2 billion in income from the I.R.S.
Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press:
Putin proposes yearlong extension of nuclear pact with US  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday made a strong call to save the last existing nuclear arms control pact between his country and the United States, proposing to extend it at least for one year.
 
 
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Holly Bailey / Washington Post:
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Reuters:
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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
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Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Why Trump could bring down Joni Ernst in the Iowa Senate race
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Thompson / Politico:
AOC, House progressives warn Biden on corporate hires
Discussion: National Review and The Guardian
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
The GOP starts forging a new alliance with QAnon
Robby Soave / Reason:
No, Joe Biden, Cops Can't Just Shoot People in the Leg
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Most ‘swing voters’ sticking with Trump, don't blame him for COVID
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ethan Fitzgerald / WHNT-TV:
IRS documents show Tuberville Foundation kept money from vets
Emily Bicks / Heavy.com:
Is Thomas Schoenberger the Mastermind Behind QAnon? [EXCLUSIVE]
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
“Rigged” author explains how Russia is interfering in the 2020 election today
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Christie Says He Was ‘Wrong’ Not to Wear Masks at White House