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12:15 PM ET, October 18, 2020

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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: The Hill and Washington Times
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.
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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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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
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New York Times:
Flush With Cash, Biden Eclipses Trump in War for the Airwaves
Discussion: Townhall
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.”
Stanley Greenberg / The Atlantic:
After Trump, the Republican Party May Become More Extreme  —  The numbers give Joe Biden ample reason for confidence about the election.  Only 42 percent of voters, according to polling averages published by FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics, currently support the Republican incumbent's reelection.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:   Texas is the most intriguing political state in the country this fall
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.
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.
Axios:
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Political Wire and Breitbart
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J. Michael Luttig / Washington Post:
A 2009 Supreme Court ruling may require Barrett to recuse herself from 2020 election cases
Discussion: CNN
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.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
How Biden destroyed Trump's TV ad ‘death star’  —  The Democrat's fundraising gusher has enabled a national ad strategy that's helped put reach states in play.  —  Starting Oct. 26, Biden's campaign plans to start running more 60-second ads during football games and many other shows.
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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: The Daily Caller
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.
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 Reuters
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 …
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.
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.
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: NPR and Raw Story
CBS Miami:
Florida Reports Highest Coronavirus Numbers In Past Two Months  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) - Florida reported its highest coronavirus numbers in two months with another uptick in new infections Saturday, surging to more than 4,000 cases.  —  The state also reported nearly 90 more deaths …
TMZ.com:
QAnon's JFK Jr. Conspiracy Theory Foiled, No Dallas Rally This Weekend  —  A milestone day on QAnon's absurd conspiracy theory-filled calendar is about to be washed away like the BS it is — because, no ... JFK Jr. is NOT coming back to rally with President Trump.
 
 
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Jill Lepore / Washington Post:
Let history, not partisans, prosecute Trump
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
A domestic violence shelter put up Black Lives Matter signs, and law enforcement revolted
WHYY:
Judge rejects GOP attempt to shut down early voting center in Delaware County
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Ralph Z. Hallow, longtime Times political correspondent, columnist, dies at 82
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
At VMI, Black cadets endure lynching threats, Klan memories and Confederacy veneration
Wall Street Journal:
China Warns U.S. It May Detain Americans in Response to Prosecutions of Chinese Scholars
Jacqueline Thomsen / LAW.com:
Jessie Liu Event on Gender Diversity Canceled Due to Trump Order, DOJ Group Says
Agence France-Presse:
Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election
Discussion: The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Riley-Smith / Telegraph:
Forever in his father's shadow or natural heir to a political dynasty? The rise of Donald Trump Jr
Des Moines Register:
Republican incumbents should be cast out, and open seats awarded to Democrats
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Sacha Baron Cohen: This Time He's Serious
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety and Vanity Fair
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Trump draws thousands, many without masks, to Janesville as cases of coronavirus soar in Wisconsin
Jordan Williams / The Hill:
One of Kentucky's largest newspapers endorses McConnell's challenger
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Watchdog group accuses Amy Coney Barrett of “unconscionable cruelty” in teen rape case