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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: Fox News Passed on Hunter Biden Laptop Story Over Credibility Concerns  —  Mediaite has learned that Fox News was first approached by Rudy Giuliani to report on a tranche of files alleged to have come from Hunter Biden's unclaimed laptop left at a Delaware computer repair shop …
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The Daily Beast:
FBI Examining Hunter's Laptop As Foreign Op, Contradicting Trump's Intel Czar  —  DNI Ratcliffe said on Monday there was no intel to support Russia being behind Hunter Biden's laptop contents.  But investigators are still looking into it.  —  The FBI is investigating the purloined laptop materials …
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
The Biden Corruption Scandal Isn't About Hunter, It's About Joe  —  The Hunter Biden scandal indicates that Joe Biden, while vice president of the United States, knowingly allowed his son to sell access to the Obama administration, then lied about it.  —  Hunter Biden's addiction is not the issue.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Ratcliffe says Hunter Biden laptop, emails ‘not part of some Russian disinformation campaign’
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: What standard of proof for Hunter Biden laptop story?
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
Despite the best, biased efforts of Facebook, Twitter and the overwhelmingly Trump-hating media to kill the story, Biden now has serious questions to answer …
Discussion: Fox News
Laura Wagner / VICE:
New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin for Zoom Dick Incident  —  In a statement to VICE, Jeffrey Toobin apologized for the “embarrassingly stupid mistake.”  —  Laura Wagner  —  The New Yorker has suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin.  Sources tell VICE it's because he exposed himself during …
Washington Post:
U.S. charges Russian intelligence officers in several high-profile cyberattacks  —  The United States on Monday unsealed criminal charges against six Russian intelligence officers in connection with some of the world's most damaging cyberattacks, including disruption of Ukraine's power grid …
Discussion: Electronics Ward News and Engadget
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Charges Six Russian Intelligence Officers With Hacking  —  Indictment links Russian hackers to several prominent cyberattacks in recent years, including the global 2017 NotPetya attack  —  WASHINGTON—Federal prosecutors on Monday unsealed charges against six Russian intelligence officers accused …
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign
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Jonathan LaPook / CBS News:
Fauci admits administration has restricted his media appearances, says he's not surprised Trump got COVID
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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The latest outbreak of GOP panic about Trump contains a key tell  —  With President Trump trailing by large margins in national polls and by smaller but meaningful ones in states he must win, Republicans are frantically sending up flares.  In comments to news organizations …
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 …
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
Inside the empty promises and empty buildings of Wisconn Valley.  —  THE 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD*  —  *wonder not guaranteed  —  HOPES WERE HIGH  —  among the employees who joined Foxconn's Wisconsin project in the summer of 2018.  In June, President Donald Trump had broken ground …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Political Wire
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 …
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Yahoo News/YouGov poll: The tide turns against Trump as Biden surges to his largest-ever lead among likely voters  —  With only two weeks left until Election Day, Joe Biden's lead over President Trump has widened to 11 percentage points — Biden's biggest margin among likely voters in any Yahoo News/YouGov poll to date.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Scott Rasmussen / Political IQ:
“Never Trumpers” are key to Biden's Lead in the polls
Discussion: Just The News
New York Times:
Surprising Results in Initial Virus Testing in N.Y.C. Schools  —  The absence of outbreaks, if it holds, suggests that the city's efforts to return children to classrooms could serve as an influential model for the nation.  —  For months, as New York City struggled to start part-time …
Discussion: Gothamist, The Hill and Vox
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
‘A Republican bloodbath’: GOP senators voice fears of a painful Trump defeat  —  WASHINGTON — Republican senators are increasingly voicing fears that President Donald Trump could lose the election, and some are openly fretting that he'll turn the party's candidates into electoral roadkill …
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Politico:
Biden would revamp fraying intel community  —  President Donald Trump was in the middle of receiving a highly classified briefing on Afghanistan at his New Jersey golf club when he suddenly craved a malted milkshake.  —  “Does anyone want a malt?” he asked the senior defense …
Discussion: CNN, The Week, Breitbart and Washington Post
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The stunning extent to which Trumpism is centered among Fox News-watching Republicans  —  From the outset of his presidency — or, really, his 2016 campaign — President Trump's approach to politics has been to get those who agree with him to agree with him more and more and more.
FiveThirtyEight:
Trump Is Losing Ground With White Voters But Gaining Among Black And Hispanic Americans  —  There's a well-known truth in politics: No one group swings an election.  —  But that doesn't mean that the demographic trends bubbling beneath the surface can't have an outsized effect.  Take 2016.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Charlotte Graham-McLay / The Guardian:
Why New Zealand rejected populist ideas other nations have embraced … Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's Labour prime minister who was returned to power for a second term with a commanding majority, has often been hailed internationally as a foil to global surges in right-wing movements and the rise …
Discussion: spiked
Tony Schwartz / The Daily Beast:
I Wrote Trump's ‘The Art of the Deal.’ And I'm Terrified of What He'll Do Next.  —  DESPERATION MODE … Tony Schwartz, who spent 18 months with Trump to ghostwrite “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” writes about how we're entering uncharted territory when it comes to our toxic president.
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter D. Greenberger / Washington Post:
I ran political advertising for Twitter.  It's time for platforms to mute Trump.  —  Social media platforms should silence the president until the winner of the election is clear  —  In just the past week, President Trump has retweeted a QAnon conspiracy theory alleging that Joe Biden …
Mario Parker / Bloomberg:
Trump Was Unsure of Victory Until Recently, He Tells Staff  —  President Donald Trump was unsure he would win re-election until recently, he told his campaign staff on a conference call Monday.  —  “We're going to win,” he said in a call the campaign invited reporters to join.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Conservatives voting Joe Biden over Donald Trump are patriots.  Thanks for the inspiration.  —  Conservatives are setting aside policy priorities to vote for Biden and other Democrats.  Would I be this honorable if our situations were reversed?  —  | USA TODAY
Mother Jones:
A Long List of Shady Financial Mysteries Trump Still Refuses to Explain  —  If Trump is going to ask Biden to reveal info about his family...  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Erica Orden / CNN:
Decision on subpoena for Trump tax returns now in hands of Supreme Court  —  Analyst reveals who poses biggest legal threat to Trump if he loses election  —  (CNN)With just over two weeks until the presidential election, a decision on whether to further delay handing over President Donald …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ezra Klein / Vox:
It's the most important election in our lifetime, and it always will be  —  Supporters of George W. Bush and Al Gore protest outside the Supreme Court December 1, 2000, ahead of the Court's ruling on that year's presidential election winner.  Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images
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 …
Claire Galofaro / Associated Press:
‘Our house is on fire’: Suburban women lead a Trump revolt  —  TROY, Mich. (AP) — She walks with the determination of a person who believes the very fate of democracy might depend on the next door she knocks on, head down, shoulders forward.  She wears nothing fussy, the battle fatigues of her troupe: yoga pants and sneakers.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
It's Republicans like John Cornyn who deserve to lose  —  The Post reports on an interview Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) had with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial board: “Cornyn was asked about his relationship with the president.  Cornyn responded with an analogy, describing himself …
Eyal Press / New Yorker:
Trump's Labor Secretary Is a Wrecking Ball Aimed at Workers  —  As Election Day looms, Eugene Scalia, a cunning lawyer committed to dismantling regulation, is weakening one employee protection after another.  —  On February 24, 2010, during a show at SeaWorld Orlando, a trainer named Dawn Brancheau …
 
 
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Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
Will we ever know the truth about Russiagate?
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Nessel: State police will enforce voting laws on Election Day if sheriffs won't
Washington Post:
Voter confusion rattles election officials in Pennsylvania near Monday's deadline to register
NBC News:
First lady Melania Trump returning to campaign trail after lengthy absence
Discussion: The Hill
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
People are volunteering to be poll workers in record numbers in Philly and the suburbs
Discussion: Political Wire
Kyle Murphy / Just Security:
We the People: Lessons from Africa for Defeating Authoritarianism in 2020 U.S. Election
John M. Barry / New York Times:
Herd Immunity? Or ‘Mass Murder’?
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump keeps talking about losing
WTVG:
High school student told to remove Trump flag from wall during virtual class
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Chris Galdieri / Mischiefs of Faction:
Can this New Yorker Become Pennsylvania's Next U.S. Senator?
Ellen L. Weintraub / New York Times:
Justice Kavanaugh Unlocked Ways to Fight Foreign Interference
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Pollster Who Thinks Trump Is Ahead
Discussion: Bulwark+ and Washington Post
ABC News:
Trump heads into final campaign stretch forced to play defense against Biden