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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 …
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
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Jonathan LaPook / CBS News:
Fauci admits administration has restricted his media appearances, says he's not surprised Trump got COVID
Mario Parker / Bloomberg:
Trump Was Unsure of Victory Until Recently, He Tells Staff
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump attacks ‘Fauci and these idiots’ in call with campaign staff intended to boost morale as polls show him trailing Biden
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 …
CNN:
What if there's no winner on November 4?
Discussion: Political Wire and Roll Call
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  —  A new PoliticalIQ.com national survey shows that so-called “Never Trumpers” are the key to former Vice President Joe Biden's lead in the polls.  —  The survey offered voters a choice between 4 presidential candidates with equal skills and temperaments.
Discussion: CNBC and Just The News
Sarah Longwell / The Atlantic:
Why People Who Hate Trump Stick With Him  —  President Donald Trump is losing to former Vice President Joe Biden by more than 10 percentage points in both the Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight national polling averages.  This historically large margin suggests that something amazing has happened …
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
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 …
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Trump's closing message: Fauci is a dope  —  “'People are tired of Covid.  People are saying, “Whatever, just leave us alone.  ” People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,' Trump said on the call, which included press.  'He's been here for, like, 500 years.
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, Breitbart, The Week and Washington Post
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Martin Matishak / Politico:
Mark Warner keeps his head down on way to the election — and a possible Intel gavel  —  In his last reelection bid, the Virginia Democratic senator survived a near-upset.  —  Sen. Mark Warner is poised to chair the Intelligence panel should the GOP lose control of the Senate in next month's election.
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Scott Powers / Florida Politics:
Poll shows Patricia Sigman up 9 over Jason Brodeur in SD 9  —  Democrat Patricia Sigman may be on her way to grabbing the open seat long held by Republicans in the Seminole County-based Senate District 9, fresh polling shows.  —  A new survey conducted by St. Pete Polls finds Sigman leading Republican former …
Marco Rubio / Fox News:
Joe Biden and packing the Supreme Court — the dirty little secret Dems don't want to reveal  —  This isn't about Amy Coney Barrett or Justice Neil Gorsuch or Justice Brett Kavanaugh...  Joe Biden vows to reveal court-packing position before Election Day  —  You don't need to wait …
Discussion: Redstate and Florida Politics
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Erica Orden / CNN:
Decision on subpoena for Trump tax returns now in hands of Supreme Court
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Washington Post:
Voter confusion rattles election officials in Pennsylvania near Monday's deadline to register  —  Elections officials in Pennsylvania are being inundated with complaints from first-time and absentee voters having difficulty registering to vote or requesting a mail ballot …
Discussion: Forbes and Political Wire
 
 
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Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
FEMA Threw Out The Faulty Ventilators Russia Gave The US Without Ever Using Them
CNN:
Florida's early vote skewing younger so far
Discussion: Raw Story
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Nessel: State police will enforce voting laws on Election Day if sheriffs won't
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump keeps talking about losing
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
‘A Republican bloodbath’: GOP senators voice fears of a painful Trump defeat
Discussion: Reason, Washington Post and Raw Story
Mother Jones:
A Long List of Shady Financial Mysteries Trump Still Refuses to Explain
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Conservatives voting Joe Biden over Donald Trump are patriots. Thanks for the inspiration.
Discussion: Issues & Insights and Bloomberg
Claire Galofaro / Associated Press:
‘Our house is on fire’: Suburban women lead a Trump revolt
Charlotte Graham-McLay / The Guardian:
Why New Zealand rejected populist ideas other nations have embraced
Discussion: spiked
Ezra Klein / Vox:
It's the most important election in our lifetime, and it always will be
FiveThirtyEight:
Trump Is Losing Ground With White Voters But Gaining Among Black And Hispanic Americans
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
The Dworkin Report:
Meet the journalist who asked Trump if he “regrets all the lying” to the American people