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Washington Post:
How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest  —  Within weeks of the gathering that drew nearly half a million bikers, the Dakotas, along with Wyoming, Minnesota and Montana, were leading the nation in new coronavirus infections per capita.
USA Today:
A tabloid got a trove of data on Hunter Biden from Rudy Giuliani.  Now, the FBI is probing a possible disinformation campaign … When a New York tabloid published the alleged contents of a computer hard drive purporting to document the Ukrainian and Chinese business activities of Hunter Biden …
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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: Slate, Breitbart and Politico
NBC News:
Decapitated French teacher warned not to show Prophet Muhammad images before ‘Islamist’ attack … PARIS — A student said he warned his teacher about showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, considered blasphemous by Muslims, days before he was decapitated on a Paris street …
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Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
The 31-day campaign against QAnon  —  There was a time when Kevin Van Ausdal had not yet been called a “loser” and “a disgrace” and hustled out of Georgia.  He had not yet punched a wall, or been labeled a “communist,” or a person “who'd probably cry like a baby if you put a gun in his face.”
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Lindsey Graham runs for his life  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — On one side, Sen. Lindsey Graham's campaign signs feature the Judiciary Committee chairman's name emblazoned in large, bold font.  On the other, a simple but critical hashtag: “Fill The Seat.”  —  Amy Coney Barrett's nomination …
Discussion: NPR and Raw Story
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Los Angeles Times:
Democratic donors fuel record-breaking fundraising in Senate races
Discussion: Breitbart and Reuters
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
Yes, It's Time for Lindsey Graham to Go
Discussion: The Guardian
The Dworkin Report:
A WaPo journalist exposed Trump's selfish handling of Covid relief checks  —  Scott talks with Toluse Olorunnipa, who covers the White House for the Washington Post and is a political analyst for CNN who blew the lid off of Trump's self-serving decision to stamp his name all over the last round of covid stimulus checks.
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.
Discussion: CNN
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Audrey Conklin / Fox Business:
Twitter refuses to unlock New York Post account unless Hunter Biden posts deleted
Discussion: Fox News
Jacqueline Thomsen / LAW.com:
Jessie Liu Event on Gender Diversity Canceled Due to Trump Order, DOJ Group Says  —  Leaders of the DOJ Gender Equality Network said department officials told them the president's recent executive order against diversity trainings at federal agencies meant they couldn't hold the event.
Stanley Greenberg / The Atlantic:
The Harsh Political Landscape That Trump Will Leave Behind  —  The numbers give Joe Biden ample reason for confidence about the election.  Only 42 percent of voters, according to polling averages published by FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics, currently support the Republican incumbent's reelection.
CNN:
Trump coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas undermines importance of masks as cases spike  —  (CNN)White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas sought to undermine the importance of face masks on Saturday as coronavirus cases spike across the US.  —  Atlas wrote in a tweet, “Masks work?
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
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 …
Agence France-Presse:
Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election … A total of 2.2m ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to “obstruct voting” in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook's vice president Nick Clegg has said.
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
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
At VMI, Black cadets endure lynching threats, Klan memories and Confederacy veneration  —  More than a half century after the Virginia Military Institute integrated its ranks, Black cadets still endure relentless racism at the nation's oldest state-supported military college.
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.
WHYY:
Judge rejects GOP attempt to shut down early voting center in Delaware County  —  An appellate court judge in Pennsylvania turned down an emergency petition from Republicans seeking to block the Philadelphia suburb of Delaware County from operating a three-day, pop-up early voting center in a predominantly Black area.
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.
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Forever in his father's shadow or natural heir to a political dynasty?  The rise of Donald Trump Jr  —  Will the president's eldest son carry the flame once Trump leaves the White House?  His adoring fans think so  —  Donald Trump Jr's stump speech in Orlando appeared in trouble just minutes …
CBS Miami:
Florida Reports Highest Coronavirus Numbers In Past Two Months  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) - Florida reported its highest coronavirus numbers in two months with another uptick in new infections Saturday, surging to more than 4,000 cases.  —  The state also reported nearly 90 more deaths …
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 …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Texas is the most intriguing political state in the country this fall  —  There are the known battleground states that will decide the presidential race this fall, and then there's Texas, which might just be the most politically intriguing state in the country right now.
TMZ.com:
QAnon's JFK Jr. Conspiracy Theory Foiled, No Dallas Rally This Weekend  —  QANON JFK JR. RUNNING MATE THEORY FOILED Sorry Folks, No Dallas Rally  —  A milestone day on QAnon's absurd conspiracy theory-filled calendar is about to be washed away like the BS it is — because, no …
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.
 
 
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Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
A domestic violence shelter put up Black Lives Matter signs, and law enforcement revolted
Sabrina Rodriguez / Politico:
Will flag-waving Latinos win Florida for Trump?
Discussion: Florida Politics
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Ralph Z. Hallow, longtime Times political correspondent, columnist, dies at 82
Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
Biden and Trump Say They're Fighting for America's ‘Soul.’ What Does That Mean?
Wall Street Journal:
China Warns U.S. It May Detain Americans in Response to Prosecutions of Chinese Scholars
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
Chinese-Americans campaign for Trump on WeChat
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
 Earlier Items: 
CBS New York:
Hasidic Wedding Scheduled For Monday In Williamsburg Could Test Resolve Of COVID Enforcement
Discussion: New York Post and Gothamist
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Sacha Baron Cohen: This Time He's Serious
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety and Vanity Fair
Washington Post:
Fatal police shootings of mentally ill people are 39 percent more likely to take place in small and midsized areas
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Has Trump Killed Sex Scandals? The Curious Case of Cal Cunningham
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Watchdog group accuses Amy Coney Barrett of “unconscionable cruelty” in teen rape case