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8:35 AM ET, October 19, 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.
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
Washington Post:
Trump's den of dissent: Inside the White House task force as coronavirus surges  —  As summer faded into autumn and the novel coronavirus continued to ravage the nation unabated, Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist whose commentary on Fox News led President Trump to recruit him to the White House …
Discussion: Political Wire and CNBC
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Tom Frieden / Washington Post:
A half-million more people could die if America pursues a ‘herd immunity’ plan
Discussion: Axios
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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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump mocks Biden for trusting scientists while Biden slams Trump for Covid-19 ‘lie’
ABC News:
Trump heads into final campaign stretch forced to play defense against Biden
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Tobias Gerhard Schminke / Europe Elects:   Polls: Europeans favour Biden over Trump by wide margins
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 …
Columbia Journalism Review:
How to cover Election Day and beyond  —  Americans think about elections wrong; they aren't only about tallying votes to declare a winner.  Elections in a democracy are just as much about convincing the loser that he or she actually lost—and that the process was free, fair …
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The Federalist:
We Gamed Out The 2020 Election And Found Our Constitution Can Handle The Madness  —  Risks this year include no certain presidential results on election night, and high-stakes struggles up to 79 days afterward, including foreign disinformation, fake news, and big-tech censorship.
Discussion: Instapundit
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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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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
2016 sequel?  Trump's old attacks failing to land on Biden  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump stood before a crowd in a state that had once been firmly in his grasp.  There were fewer than three weeks left in the campaign, one reshaped by a virus that has killed more than 215,000 Americans …
David Siders / Politico:
The hidden factors that could produce a surprise Trump victory  —  By almost every measure that political operatives, academics and handicappers use to forecast elections, the likely outcome is that Joe Biden will win the White House.  —  Yet two weeks before Election Day …
Discussion: National Review, IJR, WTOP and The Guardian
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 …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump launches a frenzied effort to save his brand  —  President Donald Trump is racing to close a yawning gap in the polls in his final, frantic sprint to Election Day — and also rushing to restore a key element of his personal brand.  —  Two weeks since exiting a hospital after being pumped …
Discussion: Raw Story
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?
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.
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: CNN, The Week and Axios
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.
New York Times:
How Prepared Are These 7 Battlegrounds for the Election?  A Readiness Report  —  Short on money and under enormous pressure, many swing states are still trying to shore up a democratic process challenged daily by court cases, new laws and surges in the coronavirus.
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
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
‘Lock Them All Up’: Trump's Whitmer Attack Fits a Damaging Pattern  —  Since returning to the campaign trail, the president has drawn only more attention to his difficulties with women and older voters by minimizing the pandemic and targeting female leaders.
Discussion: Vox and WGN-TV
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 …
Laurens Cerulus / Politico:
EU countries sound alarm about growing anti-5G movement  —  A growing anti-5G movement is getting in the way of Europe's digital ambitions, 15 capitals warned the EU Commission as they called for a robust strategy to counter concerns about the new technology.
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.
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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New York Times:
Has Trump Drawn the Water for a ‘Republican Blood Bath’?
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
Morales aide claims victory in Bolivia's election redo
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
ISIS attacks surge in Africa even as Trump boasts of a ‘100-percent’ defeated caliphate
Politico:
Biden would revamp fraying intel community
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
The Cost of Bidenomics  —  A new study on Biden's tax, health-care, energy and regulation …
Discussion: Redstate
Wall Street Journal:
Partisan Sites Posing as Local News Expand Ahead of Election
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
This U.S. Election Could Be the Most Secure Yet. Here's Why.
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Luo / New Yorker:
Could Joe Biden Actually Bring America Back Together?
Discussion: Althouse
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Alexey Navalny Has the Proof of His Poisoning
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Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The chilling part about ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’? It's all happening again in 2020
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
The crazy uncle: Trump puts right-wing extremism on the ballot
JONATHAN TURLEY:
Chuck Todd: The Michigan Supreme Court Did Not “Cite Any Law” In Ruling Whitmer's Actions Unconstitutional
Discussion: New York Times, NPR and NBC News
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
Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Refugees Who Assisted the U.S. Military Find the Door to America Slammed Shut