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8:15 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 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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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 …
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 …
Audrey Conklin / Fox Business:
Twitter refuses to unlock New York Post account unless Hunter Biden posts deleted  —  GOP has criticized social media platforms for blocking outlet's reporting on Hunter Biden  —  Twitter, Facebook should change user agreements or lose protections: Congressman
Discussion: Fox News
Associated Press:
Organizers exhort women to vote for change at US rallies  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A mostly young, diverse crowd of masked women rallied Saturday in the nation's capital, exhorting voters to oppose President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 elections.
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Kimberlee Kruesi / Associated Press:
Federal appeals court upholds Kentucky abortion law  —  A federal appeals court has upheld a decades-old Kentucky law requiring abortion clinics to have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in case of medical emergencies.  —  The 2-1 decision by the 6th U.S. Court …
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J. Michael Luttig / Washington Post:   A 2009 Supreme Court ruling may require Barrett to recuse herself from 2020 election cases
New York Times:
Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases
Discussion: Alternet.org and Off the Kuff
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
One of Kentucky's largest newspapers endorses McConnell's challenger  —  The Lexington Herald-Leader, one of Kentucky's largest newspapers, has endorsed Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)'s Democratic challenger Amy McGrath for the state's senate seat.  —  The newspaper wrote in its endorsement …
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
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Igor Derysh / Salon:   Watchdog group accuses Amy Coney Barrett of “unconscionable cruelty” in teen rape case
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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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Oracle founder donated $250,000 to Graham PAC in final days of TikTok deal
Discussion: The Hill and Bloomberg
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:   BUSTED: Lindsey Graham-supporting PAC received massive $250,000 donation from Oracle founder as TikTok deal was closing
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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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump holds back-to-back rallies in Midwest, Biden campaign warns race is neck-and-neck
Sarah Al-Arshani / Business Insider:
Trump says 'maybe I'll have to leave the country' if he loses the 2020 election to Joe Biden
Discussion: IJR, The Hill and NPR, more at Mediagazer »
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
BBC:
France teacher attack: Suspect ‘asked pupils to point Samuel Paty out’  —  The man who beheaded a teacher in a street in France waited outside the school and asked pupils to identify his target, anti-terrorism officials say.  —  The man then posted images on social media of dead victim Samuel Paty …
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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.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Trump draws thousands, many without masks, to Janesville as cases of coronavirus soar in Wisconsin  —  JANESVILLE - Thousands of Donald Trump's fans, many of them without masks, prepared to welcome the president on an airport tarmac Saturday evening amid soaring coronavirus cases across Wisconsin.
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 …
Jamie Smyth / Financial Times:
Jacinda Ardern wins New Zealand election by a landslide  —  Voters back Labour prime minister's empathetic leadership and decisive action during Covid-19 crisis  —  Jacinda Ardern will serve a second term as New Zealand prime minister following Labour's landslide victory in an election on Saturday …
Discussion: Spectator USA
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Des Moines Register:
Republican incumbents should be cast out, and open seats awarded to Democrats  —  Editorial: An overwhelming repudiation at the polls will drive home to GOP members how far they have strayed from the noble principles of their past. … Most Iowans were probably raised to vote for the person, not the political party.
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
Ken Coleman / Michigan Advance:
Magic Johnson in Detroit: Trump ‘never had a plan’ for pandemic  —  Earvin “Magic” Johnson, National Basketball Association legend and Michigan native, on Saturday ripped President Donald Trump for his record on combating the COVID-19 pandemic during a campaign event for Democratic presidential …
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.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Fatal police shootings of mentally ill people are 39 percent more likely to take place in small and midsized areas
April Glaser / NBC News:
With days left, Black voters face orchestrated efforts to discourage voting
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Risk of COVID-19 exposure on airplanes low, study shows
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
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Trump Says He Might Leave the Country If He Loses. Does He Mean It?
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Financial Times:
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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:
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Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump starts to articulate a painful reality: He could lose in 2020