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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 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
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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.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Perdue purposely flubs Kamala Harris' name, drawing sharp criticism
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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Timothy Gardner / Reuters:
Trump slams Republican critic who warned of November ‘bloodbath’
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Associated Press:
Organizers exhort women to vote for change at US rallies
Discussion: Breitbart
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: Washington Post, Vox, NPR, Slate and Forbes
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Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Amy Coney Barrett: The likely confirmation schedule for the Supreme Court nominee  —  Senate Judiciary Committee will again meet to consider Barrett's nomination on Thursday, Oct. 22  —  Sen. Cruz argues GOP acting according to precedent in Judge Barrett confirmation hearing
Discussion: Breitbart
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Amy Coney Barrett is winning even as Trump is losing
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Igor Derysh / Salon:   Watchdog group accuses Amy Coney Barrett of “unconscionable cruelty” in teen rape case
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
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: The Hill
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:   BUSTED: Lindsey Graham-supporting PAC received massive $250,000 donation from Oracle founder as TikTok deal was closing
Yueqi Yang / Bloomberg:   Oracle Chairman Donated to Lindsey Graham PAC During TikTok Deal
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 and Breitbart
New York Times:
Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases  —  Federal district courts have tended to rule for Democrats in litigation over how to run the election, but appeals courts, well stocked with the president's nominees, are blocking them.  —  This month, a federal judge struck …
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.
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 …
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
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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Jose Del Real / Washington Post:
One last vote: In Michigan, a terminally ill man's mission to cast a ballot
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
‘Please Like Me,’ Trump Begged. For Many Women, It's Way Too Late.
Discussion: Washington Post
MSNBC:
Sen. Ernst, who sits on Agriculture Cmte., can't name price of soybeans
Wall Street Journal:
Retire the Debate Commission
Discussion: IJR and Fox News
Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Budget Gap Tripled to Record $3.1 Trillion in Fiscal 2020, Treasury Says
 Earlier Items: 
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
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.
Rebecca Hennes / Houston Chronicle:
Trump billboard in Houston goes viral after being vandalized
Discussion: The Hill and KXAN-TV
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Third Justice Dept. Prosecutor Publicly Denounces Barr
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money