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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.”
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.
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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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 Reuters
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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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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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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.
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 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: Fox News and The Guardian
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.
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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TMZ.com:
QAnon's JFK Jr. Conspiracy Theory Foiled, No Dallas Rally This Weekend  —  A milestone day on QAnon's absurd conspiracy theory-filled calendar is about to be washed away like the BS it is — because, no ... JFK Jr. is NOT coming back to rally with President Trump.
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
Jon Levine / New York Post:
‘Die in a fire’: Twitter employees reveal deep hatred for Trump  —  The tweets are running the asylum.  —  Twitter's senior executives have a long history of anti-Trump hatred, a Post review of dozens of accounts of top employees found.  —  The venom, vitriol and, in some cases …
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
A domestic violence shelter put up Black Lives Matter signs, and law enforcement revolted  —  Signs set the tone at the Embrace help centers and shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence in rural Wisconsin.  They declare a “safe space,” prohibit firearms and welcome people who are LGBTQ.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
China Warns U.S. It May Detain Americans in Response to Prosecutions of Chinese Scholars  —  Blunt message suggests U.S. nationals in China at risk of becoming ‘hostages’ in Chinese diplomatic tactic  —  Chinese government officials are warning their American counterparts they may detain U.S. nationals …
 
 
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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
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Texas is the most intriguing political state in the country this fall
Jacqueline Thomsen / LAW.com:
Jessie Liu Event on Gender Diversity Canceled Due to Trump Order, DOJ Group Says
Agence France-Presse:
Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election
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: Gothamist and New York Post
Des Moines Register:
Republican incumbents should be cast out, and open seats awarded to Democrats
New York Times:
As the Coronavirus Surges, a New Culprit Emerges: Pandemic Fatigue
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
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Watchdog group accuses Amy Coney Barrett of “unconscionable cruelty” in teen rape case
Michael Powell / New York Times:
‘White Supremacy’ Once Meant David Duke and the Klan. Now It Refers to Much More.