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11:00 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.
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, Axios and The Hill
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: POLITICUSUSA
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Tobias Gerhard Schminke / Europe Elects:   Polls: Europeans favour Biden over Trump by wide margins
Hartford Courant:   Courant Presidential Endorsement: You probably think you can vote for Donald Trump but not support racism; here's why you're wrong
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?
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.
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Chris Willman / Variety:
Brian Wilson Disavows Trump's Beach Boys Benefit in California (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: The Wrap
Los Angeles Times:   Thousands of Trump supporters descend on Newport Beach as president arrives for fundraiser
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.
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David Mikkelson / Snopes.com:
Is This a Photograph of Joe Biden's House?
Discussion: Townhall
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.
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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
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 …
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Joyce Karam / The National:   Lebanon spymaster holds ‘positive’ US talks on hostages and sharing intelligence
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 Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Biden campaign blitzes pricey football games with series of new ads
Discussion: Detroit News
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
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.
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: 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.
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
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.
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.
Albany Times Union:
As NY19 Republicans clash, Delgado on cruise control  —  ALBANY — The congressional race for New York's 19th seat could have been a nail-biter.  —  U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, a Rhinebeck Democrat, cruised into the seat with a narrow victory during the 2018 wave that also brought dozens of new Democratic House members.
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.
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
‘My people fought for the right to vote’: With a surge of emotion, Black Americans rush to the polls  —  A 72-year-old voter in Dayton, Ohio, said, “I'm angry about everything.”  A retired veterinary technician in Detroit said she voted for one reason only: “Donald Trump.  To make sure he's not reelected.”
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.
 
 
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Syed Raza Hassan / Reuters:
Tens of thousands rally to demand Pakistan PM Khan resign
Miles Parks / NPR:
Early Voting Analysis: Historic Turnout Drives Long Lines, Administrative Errors
Rebecca Katz / Washington Post:
Dianne Feinstein made a mess of the Barrett hearings. There is a better way.
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Refugees Who Assisted the U.S. Military Find the Door to America Slammed Shut
 Earlier Items: 
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
Facebook ‘Content Regulation Manager’ Anna Makanju Advised Joe Biden on Ukraine
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Frank E. Lockwood / Arkansas Online:
Hill, Elliott in tight race for U.S. House seat
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Man arrested over leak of Kim Darroch cables criticising Trump
American Greatness:
Establishment Disinformation Is Killing Western Democracy
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Twitter removes tweet from top Trump Covid adviser saying masks don't work
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's enablers can't escape the consequences of their choices
Discussion: Raw Story
John Harwood / CNN:
Trump's rallies make no political sense. Here's why he does them anyway.
Discussion: Raw Story