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3:55 PM ET, October 18, 2020


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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: Raw Story and Washington Post
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.
USA Today:
A tabloid got a trove of data on Hunter Biden from Rudy Giuliani. Now, the FBI is probing a possible disinformation campaign
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.
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 … - Eric Trump on Saturday tweeted an image of an imposing property he claims Joe Biden owns and is possible evidence of corruption by the Democratic presidential nominee.
David Mikkelson /   Is This a Photograph of Joe Biden's House?
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
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Twitter removes tweet from Trump's COVID adviser claiming masks do not work  —  Twitter took down a tweet from one of President Trump's most visible coronavirus task force members, Scott Atlas, that claimed that widespread use of face masks do not help slow the spread of COVID-19.
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 …
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: Raw Story and New York Times
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.”
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: Raw Story
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.
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
New York Times:
Flush With Cash, Biden Eclipses Trump in War for the Airwaves
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Cass R. Sunstein / Bloomberg:
A Back-to-Basics Primer for Conservatives  —  If Biden wins, progressives will feel emboldened.  Here's what they should watch out for.  —  A well-functioning democracy requires at least two parties, armed with different ideas and approaches.  If Republicans lose the White House …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
American Greatness:
Establishment Disinformation Is Killing Western Democracy  —  Establishment disinformation and censorship are causing more offline harm than any other force.  —  A few years ago I participated in a national security work group on disinformation.  I was the only one in the group of about 20 people …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Man arrested over leak of Kim Darroch cables criticising Trump  —  Suspect believed to be civil servant at UK's Department for International Trade  —  A man has been arrested in connection with the leak of highly sensitive cables sent to London by the UK ambassador to Washington savaging Donald Trump's character and leadership skills.
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.
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.
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
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.
Charles Kaiser / The Guardian:
Traitor review: American perfidy, from Benedict Arnold to Donald J Trump … One of the most important qualities a good reporter can have is a very low threshold for outrage.  Useful, critical coverage of your subject becomes impossible once nonchalance or indifference has inured you to scandal.
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Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
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Discussion: Power Line
Jill Lepore / Washington Post:
Let history, not partisans, prosecute Trump
CBS Miami:
Florida Reports Highest Coronavirus Numbers In Past Two Months
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
A domestic violence shelter put up Black Lives Matter signs, and law enforcement revolted
Discussion: The Root
Judge rejects GOP attempt to shut down early voting center in Delaware County
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Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
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At VMI, Black cadets endure lynching threats, Klan memories and Confederacy veneration
The Dworkin Report:
A WaPo journalist exposed Trump's selfish handling of Covid relief checks
Charles Sykes / New York Daily News:
The cowards' comeuppance: It's too late for a radical reinvention of the Trump GOP
Discussion: Bulwark+ and Slate
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The News Media Isn't Biased Against Trump. It's Biased For Him.