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10:10 AM ET, October 17, 2020

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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The truth behind the Hunter Biden non-scandal  —  The story of Hunter Biden's involvement with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma isn't a scandal about his father, as the Trump campaign claims, but part of a personal tragedy for the vice president's son, compounded by this week's dissemination …
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Analysis: Questionable ‘N.Y. Post’ Scoop Driven by Ex-Hannity Producer, Giuliani  —  It is a classic moment in the weeks before Election Day: a news outlet runs a front-page exclusive promising scandalous revelations about a big-ticket candidate.  —  This week, the New York Post published …
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
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 …
Sarah Al-Arshani / Business Insider:
Trump says 'maybe I'll have to leave the country' if he loses the 2020 election to Joe Biden … - President Donald Trump suggested he'd leave the country if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the election.  — “Could you imagine if I lose?”  Trump said after mocking Biden's candidacy.
Discussion: IJR and NPR
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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Fearing Losses in November, Republican Senators Begin to Edge Away From Trump  —  The president held rallies in Florida and Georgia as Joe Biden traveled to Michigan.  A Republican colleague of Senator Kamala Harris mockingly mispronounced her name.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The News Media Isn't Biased Against Trump.  It's Biased For Him.  —  Going into his NBC town hall, President Trump decided, for some reason, that his thematic message would be his unfair treatment at the hands of the forum in which he was voluntarily participating.
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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.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Perdue purposely flubs Kamala Harris' name, drawing sharp criticism  —  U.S. Sen. David Perdue intentionally flubbed the name of Joe Biden's running-mate Kamala Harris at a rally Friday for President Donald Trump in Macon, drawing immediate criticism from his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff and others who called it a “racist tactic.”
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Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Jacinda Ardern claims historic victory in New Zealand election  —  New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's ruling Labour Party looked set for a comprehensive win in the country's general election on Saturday.  —  Driving the news: NZ Electoral Commission results show that with 93.1.% of votes counted …
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Julia Hollingsworth / CNN:
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern wins second term in landslide election victory
Discussion: New York Post
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Trump flails and shows no ability to reset as some Republicans voice their concerns  —  (CNN)As President Donald Trump began a packed day of events Friday, he delivered an unusually somber message to seniors — a group he won in 2016 and desperately needs to win back — speaking of the pain …
Business Insider:
Let the blame game begin.  Republicans point the finger at Parscale, Kushner, Stepien, and Trump himself as the president's team braces for a potential 2020 blowout. … - President Donald Trump's advisors, campaign staff, and other Republicans are starting to assign blame for what could be a big loss …
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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: IJR, The Hill and Raw Story
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Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Ex-Defense Minister Charged With Helping Cartel Ship Drugs
Discussion: Bloomberg and WTOP
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Boogaloo Protesters Get PA System and Milk From Cops  —  Meanwhile, anti-ICE demonstrators got arrest papers.  —  Nine immigrant-rights activists who'd been extradited across state lines on misdemeanor charges of trespass and littering gathered outside the Henrico County, Virginia …
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
At Florida Rally, Trump Repeatedly Calls Rep. Matt Gaetz ‘Rick Gates’, the Name of His Convicted Former Aide  —  President Donald Trump has a penchant for calling out the names of key supporters at his campaign events, and a Friday rally in Ocala, Florida was no different …
Donna Provencher / The American Independent:
Self-proclaimed soybean farmer Joni Ernst doesn't know price of soybeans  —  And Sen. Ernst's reelection prospects look more bleak than ever.  —  In her third and last debate with the Democratic challenger for her Senate seat, Theresa Greenfield, on Thursday night, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Alternet.org and Mediaite
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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
More people watched Biden on ABC than Trump on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC
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
Wall Street Journal:
String of Firms That Imploded Have Something in Common: Ernst & Young Audited Them  —  Big Four accounting concern reviewed the books of several companies where investors lost billions when scandals emerged.  The firm says it uncovered some of the problems at its clients.  —  TEXT  —  140 RESPONSES
Ben Dreyfuss / Mother Jones:
Now We Know Facebook Made Changes to Show You Less News From Mother Jones  —  Editorial Director for Growth and Strategy  —  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.  —  The Wall Street Journal today published …
 
 
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Trafalgar Pollster: I Predict A Trump Win In The Mid-270s
Discussion: UncoverDC and Townhall
A.G. Gancarski / Florida Politics:
Lincoln Project enlists whistleblower Alex Vindman for anti-Trump DC ad buy
Brenna Parker / Joe Biden for President:
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Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Former Fox News Host Spreads Virus Misinformation on His Sinclair Show
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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
In Ohio, a Printing Company Is Overwhelmed and Mail Ballots Are Delayed
Justin Wingerter / Denver Post:
With Gardner trailing Hickenlooper, national GOP groups scale back spending in Colorado
Discussion: Associated Press