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7:20 PM ET, October 18, 2020

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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
New York Post Published Hunter Biden Report Amid Newsroom Doubts  —  Some reporters withheld their bylines and questioned the credibility of an article that made the tabloid's front page on Wednesday.  —  The New York Post's front-page article about Hunter Biden on Wednesday was written mostly …
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Peter Sterne / New York Magazine:
New York Post Insiders Slag ‘Very Flimsy’ Hunter Biden Stories  —  The New York Post's own journalists say they are skeptical of the paper's stories about Hunter Biden, including the man who wrote most of the “smoking gun” story and would not put his name on it, four newsroom sources told Intelligencer.
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.
New York Times:
As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place  —  A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms.  —  The instructions were clear: Write an article calling out Sara Gideon …
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 The Week
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Wall Street Journal:
Top White House Official Flew to Syria for Talks to Free U.S. Hostages  —  Counterterrorism official's visit believed to be first such high-level meeting with Syrian officials in more than a decade  —  A top White House official recently traveled to Damascus for secret meetings with the Assad regime …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Joyce Karam / The National:   Lebanon spymaster holds ‘positive’ US talks on hostages and sharing intelligence
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?
Discussion: Townhall
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
David Perdue's mocking of Kamala Harris yields nearly $2M haul for his rival  —  Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue inadvertently sparked a movement that benefited his rival's campaign when he mocked the pronunciation of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris' name.
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Root
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Clarissa-Jan Lim / BuzzFeed News:
People Of Color Are Sharing The Meaning Behind Their Names After A GOP Senator Mocked Kamala Harris's Name  —  “Learn how to say peoples' names correctly.  It's part of their identity and doing so is a basic form of respect.”  —  Copy  —  Georgia senator David Perdue is facing backlash …
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 …
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, CNN, Breitbart, Forbes and The Hill
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 …
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The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Taking Down Names as Republicans Begin Jumping Ship on His ‘Totally Off the Rails’ Campaign  —  Aides are feeding the president clips in which GOP lawmakers throw him under the bus.  He's none too pleased.  —  Over the past few weeks, Donald Trump and his allies have kept close tabs …
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Democratic Delaware senator says he is open to expanding the Supreme Court  —  Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said on Sunday he was open to expanding the number of justices that sit on the Supreme Court should Democratic nominee Joe Biden be elected president.  —  “Like Joe Biden …
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Axios:
Sen. Chris Coons says his mind is open to expanding the Supreme Court
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: What Trump's debate coaches are telling him  —  President Trump's team is telling him ahead of Thursday's final debate: Stop interrupting Joe Biden.  And try to be more likable.  —  What to watch: Trump will tell more jokes and try, if he can stay on message, to strike a softer tone.
Discussion: Redstate, Raw Story and Forbes
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague: Update on Effort to Reach Coronavirus Relief Agreement Before Election  —  On Friday, the number of coronavirus infections reached a staggering 69,000 cases, the highest daily number in months.  As infections soar and deaths increase, we must urgently act to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people.
Discussion: Townhall and The Hill
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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.”
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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Hartford Courant:
Courant Presidential Endorsement: You probably think you can vote for Donald Trump but not support racism; here's why you're wrong  —  Chances are you've already made up your mind about whom to vote for as we decide who's going to be the next president of the United States.
Lauren Michele Jackson / New Yorker:
The Racial Politics of Kamala Harris's Performance Style  —  Stop me if you've heard this one before: a woman of considerable power joins a man of considerable power onstage for a televised debate.  The woman is cool, composed.  She knows her stuff—she's “done the homework,” let's say.
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
 
 
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Michael Tomasky / New York Times:
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Jaweed Kaleem / Los Angeles Times:
Even some supporters are disappointed that COVID-19 bout didn't humble Trump
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
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John Harwood / CNN:
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Lindsey Graham runs for his life
Discussion: Raw Story and NPR