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5:30 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 and Ukraine  —  In a wild interview, Giuliani defended his years-long mission to torpedo the Bidens by exposing their alleged misdeeds in Ukraine.  And he doesn't care who supplied the ammunition.
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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 …
Media Matters for America:
On election coverage, CBS is falling for the same trap it did four years ago  —  CBS' decision to question Joe Biden about suspect NY Post stories irresponsibly amplifies a right-wing-media-fueled pseudo-scandal  —  In the final weeks before Election Day, CBS is validating …
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Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
Yes, It's Time for Lindsey Graham to Go  —  In May 2016, Lindsey Graham tweeted, “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed . . . and we will deserve it.”  This tweet turned out to be prescient.  But this was before Lindsey Graham jumped on the Trump train and joined him on the golf course.
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Associated Press:
Organizers exhort women to vote for change at US rallies
Discussion: Reuters, Axios and Breitbart
Timothy Gardner / Reuters:
Trump slams Republican critic who warned of November ‘bloodbath’
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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.
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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 and National File
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Amy Coney Barrett is winning even as Trump is losing
Discussion: Fox News and Daily Kos
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
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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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, Mediaite and Breitbart
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.
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.
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.
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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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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.
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 …
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.
Leada Gore / al.com:
Risk of COVID-19 exposure on airplanes low, study shows  —  The risk of COVID-19 exposure onboard an aircraft is “virtually non-existent,” according to a new study.  —  The study by Boeing, United Airlines and the Department of Defense looked at results from 300 tests conducted in a little …
 
 
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Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
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TMZ.com:
Mister Rogers' Son Agrees Joe Biden's Like the TV Icon, Says it's a Compliment
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Says He Might Leave the Country If He Loses. Does He Mean It?
Discussion: The Mahablog
Financial Times:
China and Covid-19: what went wrong in Wuhan?
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
 Earlier Items: 
MSNBC:
Sen. Ernst, who sits on Agriculture Cmte., can't name price of soybeans
Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Budget Gap Tripled to Record $3.1 Trillion in Fiscal 2020, Treasury Says
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Boogaloo Protesters Get PA System and Milk From Cops
Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
At Florida Rally, Trump Repeatedly Calls Rep. Matt Gaetz ‘Rick Gates’, the Name of His Convicted Former Aide