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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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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 …
Audrey Conklin / Fox Business:
Twitter refuses to unlock New York Post account unless Hunter Biden posts deleted
Discussion: Fox News
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Hunter Biden also had business dealings in Kazakhstan: report
Discussion: Power Line and Townhall
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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Jurgen Hecker / Agence France-Presse:
Teacher who showed students Muhammad cartoons decapitated in Paris terror attack
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
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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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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Los Angeles Times:
Democratic donors fuel record-breaking fundraising in Senate races
Discussion: Breitbart
Timothy Gardner / Reuters:
Trump slams Republican critic who warned of November ‘bloodbath’
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
CBS New York:
Hasidic Wedding Scheduled For Monday In Williamsburg Could Test Resolve Of COVID Enforcement  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - An important Hasidic wedding scheduled for Monday in Williamsburg could be a big test of the resolve of state and city officials to enforce infection reducing lockdown rules to keep COVID-19 clusters in check.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Post
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.
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 …
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
Chinese-Americans campaign for Trump on WeChat  —  App offers conservatively-minded immigrants a space to voice their support for the president  —  Ming Dao, a 57-year-old Chinese-American who came to the US almost 30 years ago, is a recent convert to Donald Trump's campaign.
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump holds back-to-back rallies in Midwest, Biden campaign warns race is neck-and-neck  —  The Washington Post is providing live election updates free to all readers.  Get more election news delivered to your inbox by signing up for The Trailer newsletter.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
2020 Elections Live Updates: Biden's Campaign Warns Against Complacency Despite Polling Lead
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 …
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Watchdog group accuses Amy Coney Barrett of “unconscionable cruelty” in teen rape case  —  Barrett decided to overturn a $6.7M jury award to a teen allegedly raped in a jail run by ex-Sheriff David Clarke  —  Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has been accused of “unconscionable cruelty” …
 
 
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Tony Czuczka / Bloomberg:
Pelosi, Mnuchin Talk on Stimulus as McConnell Sets Up Two Votes
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Ken Coleman / Michigan Advance:
Magic Johnson in Detroit: Trump ‘never had a plan’ for pandemic
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Discussion: The Wrap, Vanity Fair and Variety
Washington Post:
Fatal police shootings of mentally ill people are 39 percent more likely to take place in small and midsized areas
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Says He Might Leave the Country If He Loses. Does He Mean It?
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Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
‘Please Like Me,’ Trump Begged. For Many Women, It's Way Too Late.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases
Discussion: Alternet.org
Michael Powell / New York Times:
‘White Supremacy’ Once Meant David Duke and the Klan. Now It Refers to Much More.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Oracle founder donated $250,000 to Graham PAC in final days of TikTok deal
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Bloomberg
CNN:
The legal reckoning awaiting Donald Trump if he loses the election
Discussion: Raw Story