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2:15 PM ET, October 17, 2020

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The Daily Beast:
Rudy: Only ‘50/50’ Chance I Worked With a ‘Russian Spy’ to Dig Dirt on Bidens  —  In a wild interview, the president's personal attorney made clear he believes he's on a mission to torpedo the Bidens.  And he doesn't care who supplied the ammunition. … Rudy Giuliani thinks it's hilarious.
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Analysis: Questionable ‘N.Y. Post’ Scoop Driven By Ex-Hannity Producer And 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 …
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 …
Fox News:
Source on alleged Hunter Biden email chain verifies message about Chinese investment firm
Julia Hollingsworth / CNN:
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern wins second term in landslide election victory  —  A look at Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's profile  —  (CNN)Jacinda Ardern has won a second term as New Zealand's Prime Minister after her success at handling the country's coronavirus outbreak helped secure a landslide victory.
Discussion: Vox and Forbes
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Rebecca Falconer / Axios:
Jacinda Ardern claims historic victory in New Zealand election
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Jacinda Ardern, Hero to Liberals Abroad, Is Validated at Home
Discussion: Bloomberg and New York Post
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
New Zealand's Ardern wins 2nd term in election landslide
Discussion: The Week, Slate and Political Wire
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
2020 Elections Live Updates: Biden's Campaign Warns Against Complacency Despite Polling Lead  —  More than 2.4 million voters in Florida, a critical battleground state, have already cast their ballots by mail.  President Trump hosted a rally in Macon, Ga., on Friday night as some Senate Republicans …
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CNN:
The legal reckoning awaiting Donald Trump if he loses the election  —  New York (CNN)If things don't go Donald Trump's way on Election Day, the President may face more serious matters than how to pack up the West Wing.  —  Without some of the protections afforded him by the presidency …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Discussion: New York Daily News and Fox News
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio  —  President Trump berated Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) after audio leaked this week of the Nebraska senator leveling harsh criticism against the president in a town hall with constituents.  —  “The least effective of our 53 Republican Senators …
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Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump starts to articulate a painful reality: He could lose in 2020  —  He's mused out loud about an embarrassing 2020 defeat.  He's acknowledged his severe deficit in key polls.  And he's made naked appeals to the critical voting blocs of suburban women and older adults — two demographics he has struggled to win over.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Oracle founder donated $250,000 to Graham PAC in final days of TikTok deal  —  “If TikTok is saved, you can thank me,” Graham said in August  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison donated $250,000 to a super PAC supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) reelection campaign as his company closed …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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Yueqi Yang / Bloomberg:   Oracle Chairman Donated to Lindsey Graham PAC During TikTok Deal
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Packing the U.S. Senate  —  A 104-seat Upper Chamber is on the agenda if Democrats sweep the election.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Democrats are threatening to pack the Supreme Court if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed, but they might not have the Senate votes if the chamber is closely divided.
Stephen Fowler / ProPublica:
Why Do Nonwhite Georgia Voters Have to Wait in Line for Hours?  Their Numbers Have Soared, and Their Polling Places Have Dwindled. … Kathy spotted the long line of voters as she pulled into the Christian City Welcome Center about 3:30 p.m., ready to cast her ballot in the June 9 primary election.
Michael Powell / New York Times:
‘White Supremacy’ Once Meant David Duke and the Klan.  Now It Refers to Much More.  —  The phrase has poured into the nation's rhetorical bloodstream.  Organizations from the N.F.L. to art museums to colleges requiring the SAT are accused of perpetuating it.
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Kristen Welker, upcoming presidential debate moderator, has deep Democrat ties  —  All eyes are turning to NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker as she prepares to host the third and final presidential debate Thursday.  —  President Trump and Joe Biden will square off …
Discussion: Townhall
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.
WKYT-TV:
USPS worker responsible for discarded absentee ballots no longer employed, could face federal charges  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A former USPS worker could face federal charges after more than 100 absentee ballots were found amid a pile of discarded USPS mail in a dumpster Thursday.
Discussion: National Review, The Hill, WDRB and wdrb.com
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
Facebook and Twitter's Intervention Highlights Dangerous New Double Standard  —  The decision to ban a New York Post expose about Hunter Biden flies in the face of years of “hack and leak” stories  —  On Wednesday, the New York Post released what they claimed was “smoking gun” …
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 …
Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
On a podcast with Barack Obama and in a letter co-signed by “The Squad,” fresh signs of the Democratic Party fight to come  —  If Joe Biden wins the presidency, his biggest challenge in Washington might not be finding cooperation with Republicans — it could be satisfying the demands of members of his own party.
Discussion: Breitbart
Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Budget Gap Tripled to Record $3.1 Trillion in Fiscal 2020, Treasury Says  —  Spending soared 47% in year ended Sept. 30 as government rolled out programs to battle coronavirus and recession  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. budget deficit tripled to a record $3.1 trillion in the fiscal year …
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
The US reported the most Covid-19 cases in a day since July.  Deaths may begin climbing, too, a leading expert says  —  Dr. Sanjay Gupta debunks Trump's Covid-19 claims  —  (CNN)The US reported at least 69,000 new Covid-19 infections Friday — the most in a single day since July …
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNBC, UPI, WHDH-TV and USA Today
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and KXAN-TV
 
 
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How Xinjiang's gulag tears families apart
Mia Cathell / The Post Millennial:
Denver news station hired FOUR other unlicensed security guards in addition to far-left gunman who killed Trump supporter
Erik Maulbetsch / Colorado Times Recorder:
FEC United Founder Threatens Journalists at GOP Candidate Event
Wall Street Journal:
Mexican Ex-Defense Minister Charged With Helping Cartel Ship Drugs
Discussion: NPR, Bloomberg and WTOP
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
At Florida Rally, Trump Repeatedly Calls Rep. Matt Gaetz ‘Rick Gates’, the Name of His Convicted Former Aide
Hotair:
Trafalgar Pollster: I Predict A Trump Win In The Mid-270s
Discussion: UncoverDC and Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
String of Firms That Imploded Have Something in Common: Ernst & Young Audited Them
Katie Jane Fernelius / The Appeal:
New Orleans Public Defenders Are Mobilizing to “Flip the Bench”
ABC News:
Neo-Nazi and Proud Boys groups push Trump campaign poll watching operation online: Reports
Tim Miller / Rolling Stone:
Even in Defeat, Trumpism Isn't Going Anywhere
Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS lawyer: Trump's drug cards could violate election law
Discussion: Raw Story
Victoria McGrane Globe / The Boston Globe:
Joe Kennedy III campaign says it improperly spent $1.5 million in Senate primary
Discussion: Washington Times