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5:25 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 The Week
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.
David Mikkelson /
Is This a Photograph of Joe Biden's House?  —  A photograph shows a mansion currently owned by former U.S. Senator and Vice President Joe Biden.  —  Rating  —  Miscaptioned  —  Origin  —  On Oct. 17, 2020, Eric Trump, son of U.S. President Donald Trump, tweeted a picture …
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 …
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.
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: CNN, Forbes and The Hill
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.
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.”
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
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Refugees Who Assisted the U.S. Military Find the Door to America Slammed Shut  —  President Trump has reduced the flow of refugees into the country to a trickle, and even Iraqis and Afghans who risked their lives for American service members have been cut off.
Los Angeles Times:
The Beach Boys, tony Lido Isle, $150,000 tickets: A peek inside Trump's Orange County fundraiser  —  President Trump arrived in Orange County on Sunday to raise money for his cash-strapped campaign even as he is running behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in polls.  —  “Everyone assumes he's going to go to battleground states.
Discussion: New York Times, WHDH-TV, WAVY-TV, Forbes and UPI
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
Frank E. Lockwood / Arkansas Online:
Hill, Elliott in tight race for U.S. House seat  —  Republican, Democrat pitch skill, experience as tailored for national success  —  With Election Day nearing, Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill and his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Joyce Elliott, both say they have the experience …
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 …
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
Facebook ‘Content Regulation Manager’ Anna Makanju Advised Joe Biden on Ukraine  —  Facebook's global policy manager for content regulation, Anna Makanju, advised Joe Biden on Ukraine policy during his time as Vice President.  She also defended Biden from charges of wrongdoing with regards …
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: New York Times and Washington Post
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 …
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New York Times:
Why These Voters Rejected Hillary Clinton but Are Backing Joe Biden
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
President Trump again misleads on auto industry and much more at Muskegon rally
Devin Scillian / WDIV-TV:
Watch: Interviews with US Senate candidates Gary Peters and John James
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Lindsey Graham runs for his life
Discussion: Raw Story and NPR
Judge rejects GOP attempt to shut down early voting center in Delaware County
QAnon's JFK Jr. Conspiracy Theory Foiled, No Dallas Rally This Weekend
The Dworkin Report:
A WaPo journalist exposed Trump's selfish handling of Covid relief checks
Washington Post:
How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The News Media Isn't Biased Against Trump. It's Biased For Him.