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9:00 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 …
Audrey Conklin / Fox Business:
Twitter refuses to unlock New York Post account unless Hunter Biden posts deleted
Discussion: Fox News
J. Michael Luttig / Washington Post:
A 2009 Supreme Court ruling may require Barrett to recuse herself from 2020 election cases  —  J. Michael Luttig served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit from 1991 to 2006.  —  It is a foregone conclusion that Amy Coney Barrett will be seated on the Supreme Court before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
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New York Times:
Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases
Discussion: Alternet.org and Off the Kuff
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio
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
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
Dan Wetzel / Yahoo! Sports:
Florida's Dan Mullen learns the hard way about COVID-19  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  coronavirus is relentless, insidious, infectious and completely oblivious to your opinions.  —  Last Saturday afternoon,  —  Florida coach Dan Mullen was pushing for his school …
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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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.
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
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.
Charles Sykes / New York Daily News:
The cowards' comeuppance: It's too late for a radical reinvention of the Trump GOP  —  As late-stage Trumpism slouches toward defeat, it has belatedly dawned on some GOP senators that they may be about to share Donald Trump's fate.  —  Politico reports that it has “has become safe …
Discussion: ABC News, The Guardian and Al Jazeera
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 …
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Sacha Baron Cohen: This Time He's Serious  —  Reviving his Borat character and playing the political activist Abbie Hoffman, the actor feels he “had to ring the alarm bell and say that democracy is in peril this year.”  —  Borat uses the flower bed in front of the Trump hotel at Columbus Circle as a men's room.
Discussion: The Wrap, Vanity Fair and Variety
New York Times:
As the Coronavirus Surges, a New Culprit Emerges: Pandemic Fatigue  —  Exhaustion and impatience are creating new risks as cases soar in parts of the world.  “They have had enough,” one U.S. mayor said of her residents.  —  CHICAGO — When the coronavirus began sweeping around the globe this spring …
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.
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, Raw Story and Bloomberg
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 …
Discussion: TheBlaze
Washington Post:
Trump aides seek to set aside division and plan for final sprint to Election Day  —  President Trump's political advisers have sharply debated in recent days how to best spend their limited money in the campaign's last weeks as they seek to chart a path toward a repeat of their dramatic 2016 come-from-behind victory.
Discussion: National File and TMZ.com
 
 
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Fatal police shootings of mentally ill people are 39 percent more likely to take place in small and midsized areas
Jamie Smyth / Financial Times:
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CNN:
Georgia Republican senator willfully mispronounces Kamala Harris' name at Trump rally
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Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
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TMZ.com:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
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Financial Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
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CNN:
The legal reckoning awaiting Donald Trump if he loses the election
Discussion: Raw Story
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Boogaloo Protesters Get PA System and Milk From Cops
Sarah Al-Arshani / Business Insider:
Trump says 'maybe I'll have to leave the country' if he loses the 2020 election to Joe Biden
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