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7:50 AM ET, October 18, 2020

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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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Audrey Conklin / Fox Business:
Twitter refuses to unlock New York Post account unless Hunter Biden posts deleted
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Hunter Biden also had business dealings in Kazakhstan: report
Discussion: Power Line and Townhall
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Jurgen Hecker / Agence France-Presse:
Teacher who showed students Muhammad cartoons decapitated in Paris terror attack
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
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 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 Politico
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.
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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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.”
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
Jacqueline Thomsen / LAW.com:
Jessie Liu Event on Gender Diversity Canceled Due to Trump Order, DOJ Group Says  —  Leaders of the DOJ Gender Equality Network said department officials told them the president's recent executive order against diversity trainings at federal agencies meant they couldn't hold the event.
Agence France-Presse:
Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election … A total of 2.2m ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to “obstruct voting” in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook's vice president Nick Clegg has said.
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 …
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.
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.
Des Moines Register:
Republican incumbents should be cast out, and open seats awarded to Democrats  —  Editorial: An overwhelming repudiation at the polls will drive home to GOP members how far they have strayed from the noble principles of their past. … Most Iowans were probably raised to vote for the person, not the political party.
New York Times:
As the Coronavirus Surges, a New Culprit Emerges: Pandemic Fatigue  —  Exhaustion and impatience are creating new risks as cases soar in parts of the world.  “They have had enough,” one U.S. mayor said of her residents.  —  CHICAGO — When the coronavirus began sweeping around the globe this spring …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Texas is the most intriguing political state in the country this fall  —  There are the known battleground states that will decide the presidential race this fall, and then there's Texas, which might just be the most politically intriguing state in the country right now.
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 …
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.
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
Chinese-Americans campaign for Trump on WeChat  —  App offers conservatively-minded immigrants a space to voice their support for the president  —  Ming Dao, a 57-year-old Chinese-American who came to the US almost 30 years ago, is a recent convert to Donald Trump's campaign.
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Ralph Z. Hallow, longtime Times political correspondent, columnist, dies at 82  —  Celebrated figure once called ‘horrible fellow’ by President George H.W. Bush  —  Ralph Z. Hallow, the longtime chief political correspondent for opinion and columnist for The Washington Times, died Saturday of complications from surgery in Delaware.
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Watchdog group accuses Amy Coney Barrett of “unconscionable cruelty” in teen rape case  —  Barrett decided to overturn a $6.7M jury award to a teen allegedly raped in a jail run by ex-Sheriff David Clarke  —  Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has been accused of “unconscionable cruelty” …
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 …
CBS New York:
Hasidic Wedding Scheduled For Monday In Williamsburg Could Test Resolve Of COVID Enforcement  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - An important Hasidic wedding scheduled for Monday in Williamsburg could be a big test of the resolve of state and city officials to enforce infection reducing lockdown rules to keep COVID-19 clusters in check.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Post
Tony Czuczka / Bloomberg:
Pelosi, Mnuchin Talk on Stimulus as McConnell Sets Up Vote  — Deep differences between White House, Democrats, Senate GOP  — Sides have been at impasse for months as election looms  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had a lengthy talk Saturday night …
Washington Post:
Can Biden compete in Trump's rural strongholds?  Democrats hope so.  —  CRESTON, Iowa — Re Nae Fulton was willing to take a chance on Donald Trump after she voted for Barack Obama twice and saw little change in her small rural community in southwest Iowa.  Trump was “something new,” …
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
 
 
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Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
Biden and Trump Say They're Fighting for America's ‘Soul.’ What Does That Mean?
Los Angeles Times:
Democratic donors fuel record-breaking fundraising in Senate races
Discussion: Breitbart and Reuters
KTLA:
Ex-SoCal Rep. Duncan Hunter to serve 11-month sentence at West Texas prison camp
Ken Coleman / Michigan Advance:
Magic Johnson in Detroit: Trump ‘never had a plan’ for pandemic
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
Leada Gore / al.com:
Risk of COVID-19 exposure on airplanes low, study shows
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
Has Trump Killed Sex Scandals? The Curious Case of Cal Cunningham
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Says He Might Leave the Country If He Loses. Does He Mean It?
Discussion: The Mahablog
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
Yes, It's Time for Lindsey Graham to Go
Discussion: The Guardian
Financial Times:
China and Covid-19: what went wrong in Wuhan?
Washington Post:
Trump holds back-to-back rallies in Midwest, Biden campaign warns race is neck-and-neck
Michael Powell / New York Times:
‘White Supremacy’ Once Meant David Duke and the Klan. Now It Refers to Much More.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The News Media Isn't Biased Against Trump. It's Biased For Him.
Discussion: Yahoo News, Breitbart and Fox News