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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 …
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Ratcliffe says Hunter Biden laptop, emails ‘not part of some Russian disinformation campaign’
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: What standard of proof for Hunter Biden laptop story?
Discussion: Breitbart and Fox News
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says people tired of hearing about COVID  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):  —  President Donald Trump says people are tired of hearing from Dr. Anthony Fauci “and all these idiots” about the coronavirus.
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Mario Parker / Bloomberg:
Trump Was Unsure of Victory Until Recently, He Tells Staff
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan LaPook / CBS News:
Fauci admits administration has restricted his media appearances, says he's not surprised Trump got COVID
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 …
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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 …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
U.S. Charges Russian Intelligence Officers in Major Cyberattacks  —  Prosecutors said the suspects hacked elections in France and the 2018 Winter Olympics.  —  The Justice Department announced indictments on Monday of six Russian military intelligence officers in connection with major hacks worldwide …
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 …
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.
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Scott Rasmussen / Political IQ:
“Never Trumpers” are key to Biden's Lead in the polls
Discussion: CNBC and 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
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
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.
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 …
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:
Ghislaine Maxwell Deposition Must Be Public, 2nd Circuit Affirms  —  MANHATTAN (CN) — A deposition believed to show Ghislaine Maxwell perjuring herself by denying knowledge of Jeffrey Epstein's sex-trafficking empire must be unsealed, the Second Circuit ruled on Monday.
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
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
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
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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Sarah Longwell / The Atlantic:
Why People Who Hate Trump Stick With Him
Discussion: Commentary Magazine and Althouse
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
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump keeps talking about losing
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Galdieri / Mischiefs of Faction:
Can this New Yorker Become Pennsylvania's Next U.S. Senator?
Claire Galofaro / Associated Press:
‘Our house is on fire’: Suburban women lead a Trump revolt
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
The Dworkin Report:
Meet the journalist who asked Trump if he “regrets all the lying” to the American people