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1:05 PM ET, October 16, 2020

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Dan Gainor / Fox News:
Trump's NBC town hall turns into debate with moderator — and Trump wins
Discussion: The Daily Beast
The Daily Beast:
The Biden and Trump Shows: It's Mr. Rogers Vs. 'Someone's Crazy Uncle'
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
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.
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.”
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Feds examining if alleged Hunter Biden emails are linked to a foreign intel operation
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Joe Biden's Boosters Wrote His Prodigal Son's Entire Resume
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, POLITICUSUSA 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 …
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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.
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
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
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.
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Derrick Bryson Taylor / New York Times:
Trump Administration Rejects California's Request for Wildfire Relief
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
Craig Mauger / The Detroit News:
Michigan bans open carry of guns inside and near polling places … Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sent guidance to local election officials on Friday — 18 days before Election Day — to clarify that the open carry of firearms on Election Day in polling places, clerk's offices and absent voter counting boards is banned.
Discussion: New York Post and Michigan Advance
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Annie Grayer / CNN:
Michigan bans open carrying of guns at polling sites on Election Day
Discussion: CNBC
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
Discussion: Salon, Bulwark+ and Real Clear Politics
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: Mediaite
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.
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
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: New York Times, Al Jazeera and Politico
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
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Discussion: The Nation and New York Times
Reuters:
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Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
What to Do About GOP Bad Faith After Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Times
Alex Thompson / Politico:
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Emily Bicks / Heavy.com:
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