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10:25 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
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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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
Tony Czuczka / Bloomberg:
Pelosi, Mnuchin Talk on Stimulus as McConnell Sets Up Two Votes  — Deep differences between White House, Democrats, Senate GOP  — Sides have been at impasse for months as election looms  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had a lengthy talk Saturday night …
Discussion: Axios and Washington Times
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Igor Derysh / Salon:   Watchdog group accuses Amy Coney Barrett of “unconscionable cruelty” in teen rape case
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
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.
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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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 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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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: Breitbart, National File and Redstate
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 …
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
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
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
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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Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Forever in his father's shadow or natural heir to a political dynasty? The rise of Donald Trump Jr
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Hunter Biden also had business dealings in Kazakhstan: report
Discussion: Power Line and Townhall
Ken Coleman / Michigan Advance:
Magic Johnson in Detroit: Trump ‘never had a plan’ for pandemic
Discussion: TheBlaze
Washington Post:
Fatal police shootings of mentally ill people are 39 percent more likely to take place in small and midsized areas
Leada Gore / al.com:
Risk of COVID-19 exposure on airplanes low, study shows
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Has Trump Killed Sex Scandals? The Curious Case of Cal Cunningham
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
 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
China and Covid-19: what went wrong in Wuhan?
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
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Boogaloo Protesters Get PA System and Milk From Cops