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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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Peter Schweizer: Hunter Biden's Flipped Business Partner Provided 26,000 Emails  —  The business partner of Hunter Biden who flipped on the Biden family from prison provided access to 26,000 emails, Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer said in a Saturday morning radio appearance.
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Charlie Kirk says he's in ‘a hostage situation’ with Twitter after social media giant blocks his account
Discussion: Breitbart
Jonathan LaPook / CBS News:
Fauci admits administration has restricted his media appearances, says he's not surprised Trump got COVID  —  In a wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci expresses his frustration with a Trump campaign ad; explains why, early in the pandemic, masks were largely recommended …
Discussion: CNN, The Guardian, Mediaite, Axios and The Hill
Chris Willman / Variety:
Brian Wilson Disavows Trump's Beach Boys Benefit in California (EXCLUSIVE) … It will be fun, fun, fun under the California sun for many well-heeled attendees at today's Donald Trump fundraiser in Newport Beach — but not for Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, who are chagrined …
Discussion: The Wrap
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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.
Los Angeles Times:   Thousands of Trump supporters rally in Newport Beach as president arrives for fundraiser
Chris Willman / Variety:
Beastie Boys License a Song for an Ad for First Time Ever, for Joe Biden Spot Focused on Live Music Shutdown … The Beastie Boys had never before licensed any of their songs for an advertisement, but that commercial blackout came to an end during Sunday's Steelers/Browns game, when the sounds of …
Discussion: The Week and POLITICUSUSA
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Tobias Gerhard Schminke / Europe Elects:   Polls: Europeans favour Biden over Trump by wide margins
Dan Merica / CNN:
Biden campaign blitzes pricey football games with series of new ads
Discussion: Detroit News
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 …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Donald Trump Is Losing His Touch.  So Is the TV Producer Who Shaped His Image.  —  Mark Burnett helped turn Donald Trump into a national figure with “The Apprentice.”  But since 2016, his impact “has kind of gone bust.”  —  Did you catch Steve Harvey's “Funderdome” on ABC?
The Dworkin Report:
Meet the journalist who asked Trump if he “regrets all the lying” to the American people  —  Scott talks to S.V. Daté the world traveler who is now White House Correspondent for HuffPost.  Daté is the author of a new book entitled, “The Useful Idiot: How Donald Trump Killed …
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: Raw Story and Forbes
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: BuzzFeed News
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Perdue's mocking of Kamala Harris yields nearly $2M haul for his rival
Discussion: Electronics Ward News and The Root
Ilya Somin / Reason:
Do Originalists Ignore the Reconstruction Amendments?  —  Critics of originalism sometimes claim that originalists focus only on the original 1787 Constitution, while ignoring the Reconstruction amendments, which transformed the Constitution after the Civil War.
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 …
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Chuck Todd: The Michigan Supreme Court Did Not “Cite Any Law” In Ruling Whitmer's Actions Unconstitutional  —  Chuck Todd interviewed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this morning and turned to the recent decision of the Michigan Supreme Court that ruled that she had violated the Michigan Constitution in her extended pandemic orders.
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Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Michigan Gov. Whitmer Says Trump Incites Domestic Terrorism
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump mocks Biden for trusting scientists while Biden slams Trump for Covid-19 ‘lie’ … President Donald Trump mocked Joe Biden on Sunday for trusting scientists about Covid-19 shortly after Biden lambasted the president for continuing to “lie” about the state of the pandemic.
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
With Covid-19 Under Control, China's Economy Surges Ahead  —  Exports jumped and local governments engaged in a binge of debt-fueled construction projects.  Even consumer spending is finally recovering.  —  BEIJING — As most of the world still struggles with the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: WTOP and Instapundit
Axios:
What early voting can (and can't) tell us about the election  —  Democratic strategists think the early numbers show a 2020 electorate that's bigger, younger and more diverse than in 2016 — and not just shifting forward votes that would have otherwise arrived on Election Day.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The chilling part about ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’?  It's all happening again in 2020  —  There's a shocking real-life plot twist in the middle of The Trial of the Chicago 7 — Aaron Sorkin's occasionally flawed but mostly compelling and timely new film that washed across an entertainment-starved nation …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The crazy uncle: Trump puts right-wing extremism on the ballot  —  What if the United States is not as divided and unhinged as it has seemed these past four years?  What if the result of the 2016 election was primarily the product of a flawed electoral-college system, the mistaken assumption …
Discussion: Washington Times and Raw Story
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.
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal judge strikes down Trump plan to slash food stamps for 700,000 unemployed Americans  —  A federal judge on Sunday formally struck down a Trump administration attempt to end food stamp benefits for nearly 700,000 unemployed people, blocking as “arbitrary and capricious” …
Discussion: Axios and CNN
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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Michael Luo / New Yorker:
Could Joe Biden Actually Bring America Back Together?  —  Earlier this month, on a sunny, cloudless day at the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, former Vice-President Joe Biden delivered a sombre speech about “the cost of division” in America.  “The country is in a dangerous place,” he said.
Discussion: Althouse
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Cornyn defended Trump for siphoning Pentagon budget to pay for border wall, but now claims he was against it  —  Assertion to Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial board contradicts multiple statements backing Trump for shifting defense funds to sidestep Congress's refusal to pay for the controversial project.
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Biden leads Trump.  So did Hillary Clinton.  For Democrats, it's a worrisome campaign deja vu  —  The polls are once again delivering feel-good boosts to Democrats: Joe Biden beats President Trump by 10, 11 or 12 points nationally, depending on the day.  His edge in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin averages eight.
 
 
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Albany Times Union:
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Syed Raza Hassan / Reuters:
Tens of thousands rally to demand Pakistan PM Khan resign
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
‘My people fought for the right to vote’: With a surge of emotion, Black Americans rush to the polls
Miles Parks / NPR:
Early Voting Analysis: Historic Turnout Drives Long Lines, Administrative Errors
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Hartford Courant:
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Lauren Michele Jackson / New Yorker:
The Racial Politics of Kamala Harris's Performance Style
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Man arrested over leak of Kim Darroch cables criticising Trump
Marc Caputo / Politico:
How Biden destroyed Trump's TV ad ‘death star’
Discussion: Raw Story