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1:45 PM ET, October 18, 2020

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Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Hunter Biden left laptop at repair shop, owner tells Senate panel  —  Hunter Biden himself left his laptop computer at a Wilmington, Delaware, repair shop whose owner eventually gave the hard drive's material to the FBI and later to President Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, the shop owner has told a Senate committee.
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Fox News:
Sen. Ron Johnson presses Wray on validity of Hunter Biden laptop claim  —  Johnson said the FBI has refused to confirm or deny details regarding the laptop  —  New Hunter Biden emails detail alleged dealings with China  —  Sen. Ron Johnson is calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray …
USA Today:
A tabloid got a trove of data on Hunter Biden from Rudy Giuliani. Now, the FBI is probing a possible disinformation campaign
John Harwood / CNN:
Trump's rallies make no political sense.  Here's why he does them anyway.  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's bout with coronavirus gave him the chance for a reset on the top 2020 election issue.  Characteristically, he has spurned it.  —  Instead of projecting newfound empathy and sobriety …
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Twitter removes tweet from top Trump Covid adviser saying masks don't work  —  Twitter on Sunday removed a tweet from one of President Donald Trump's top Covid-19 advisers falsely claiming masks don't work to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  —  The tweet no longer appeared on the site …
CBS News:
Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin, has edge in Arizona — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll  —  From Wisconsin to Arizona, as in much of the country, these final weeks of the campaign look to be about who actually votes, because voters say they've made their choices, and many have made it official.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Washington Times
New York Times:
Trump Runs the Kind of Campaign He Likes, but Not the One He Might Need  —  With little time left to change the trajectory of the race, there is a large gulf separating the president's experience of the campaign from the more sobering assessments of party officials.
Discussion: Washington Post and TMZ.com
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump campaign adviser signals president will tone it down at upcoming debate  —  Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller signaled Sunday that President Donald Trump will take a less combative tack toward Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during their televised debate this week.
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David Mikkelson / Snopes.com:   Is This a Photograph of Joe Biden's House?
Tom Porter / Business Insider:
Eric Trump tried to make Biden look corrupt by sharing a picture of a palatial house he claims the Democrat lives in — but Biden sold it 24 years ago
Marc Caputo / Politico:
How Biden destroyed Trump's TV ad ‘death star’  —  Football fans in Phoenix will tune their TVs to ESPN to watch their Arizona Cardinals play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.  —  They'll also see Joe Biden running up the score in advertising over President Trump: The Democrat's campaign …
Discussion: New York Times
Maria Arias / Axios:
Lara Trump defends president encouraging Whitmer “lock her up” chants  —  Trump senior campaign adviser Lara Trump defended President Trump's rhetoric about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), claiming that he was “having fun at a Trump rally” when encouraging “lock her up” chants.
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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Whitmer says Trump continues to encourage ‘domestic terrorism’ with rhetoric … WASHINGTON — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of inciting “domestic terrorism” against public officials working on containing the coronavirus, pointing to comments …
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.”
Mike Allen / Axios:
Democrats are destroying Republicans in a historic “green tsunami” of fundraising  —  The most shocking pre-election result neither side can dispute is in: Democrats are destroying Republicans in truly historic ways in fundraising.  —  Why it matters: Money can't buy elections, but it sure helps.
Discussion: Washington Post and Yahoo News
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New York Times:
Flush With Cash, Biden Eclipses Trump in War for the Airwaves
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Can Biden compete in Trump's rural strongholds? Democrats hope so.
Discussion: The Guardian, Newsbusters and Raw Story
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.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Pelosi sets 48-hour deadline for White House on stimulus talks  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has given the White House a 48-hour deadline to reconcile differences in stimulus negotiations “to demonstrate that the administration is serious about reaching a bipartisan agreement,” a top Pelosi aide tweeted Sunday night.
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
President Trump again misleads on auto industry and much more at Muskegon rally  —  For the second time, President Donald Trump held a Michigan rally on Saturday in which he made vastly exaggerated and inaccurate claims about the state's auto industry, suggesting wrongly that many auto plants have been built during his term.
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Axios:
Sen. Chris Coons says his mind is open to expanding the Supreme Court  —  Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday that he would be open to expanding the Supreme Court if Republicans do not “step back from this precipice” of confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the election.
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J. Michael Luttig / Washington Post:
A 2009 Supreme Court ruling may require Barrett to recuse herself from 2020 election cases
Discussion: CNN
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's enablers can't escape the consequences of their choices  —  Assuming President Trump loses his reelection bid in a few weeks, the soon-to-be alumni of the Trump administration, who were warned that association with Trump would mar their careers and corrode their character, are now …
Devin Scillian / WDIV-TV:
Watch: Interviews with US Senate candidates Gary Peters and John James  —  DETROIT - Michigan's knock-down drag-out US Senate race is contentious, tight and all over the airwaves.  —  On Sunday's special hour-long episode of Flashpoint both candidates in the race, incumbent Democratic …
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: Bulwark+ and Slate
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 chair's name emblazoned in large, bold font.  On the other, a simple but critical hashtag: “Fill The Seat.”  —  Amy Coney Barrett's nomination …
Discussion: Raw Story and NPR
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 …
 
 
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Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Fear and loathing in the Biden Crime Family
Discussion: Power Line
Jill Lepore / Washington Post:
Let history, not partisans, prosecute Trump
Charles Kaiser / The Guardian:
Traitor review: American perfidy, from Benedict Arnold to Donald J Trump
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
A domestic violence shelter put up Black Lives Matter signs, and law enforcement revolted
WHYY:
Judge rejects GOP attempt to shut down early voting center in Delaware County
TMZ.com:
QAnon's JFK Jr. Conspiracy Theory Foiled, No Dallas Rally This Weekend
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Ralph Z. Hallow, longtime Times political correspondent, columnist, dies at 82
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
At VMI, Black cadets endure lynching threats, Klan memories and Confederacy veneration
 Earlier Items: 
The Dworkin Report:
A WaPo journalist exposed Trump's selfish handling of Covid relief checks
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Forever in his father's shadow or natural heir to a political dynasty? The rise of Donald Trump Jr
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Trump draws thousands, many without masks, to Janesville as cases of coronavirus soar in Wisconsin
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The News Media Isn't Biased Against Trump. It's Biased For Him.