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6:50 PM ET, October 19, 2020

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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 …
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump trashes Fauci and makes baseless coronavirus claims in campaign call  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump claimed on a campaign call that people are tired of hearing about coronavirus, which has killed more than 215,000 Americans and trashed Dr. Anthony Fauci as a “disaster” who has been around for “500 years.”
Discussion: Raw Story, WHDH-TV, Mediaite, TheBlaze and Axios
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Mario Parker / Bloomberg:   Trump Was Unsure of Victory Until Recently, He Tells Staff
Jonathan LaPook / CBS News:
Fauci admits administration has restricted his media appearances, says he's not surprised Trump got COVID
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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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 …
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
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
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:
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Six Russian GRU Officers Charged in Connection with Worldwide Deployment of Destructive Malware and Other Disruptive Actions in Cyberspace
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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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: Raw Story
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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
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Says Trump's Denial of Rape Accusation Was an Official Act  —  The writer E. Jean Carroll sued the president for defamation after he denied sexually assaulting her in the 1990s.  Now the government wants to defend him.  —  The Justice Department said on Monday that President …
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Republican Voters Take a Radical Conspiracy Theory Mainstream  —  QAnon, with encouragement from the president himself, has moved from online message boards to political rallies and congressional campaigns.  —  DALTON, Ga. — Sitting in the local Republican office most days …
Discussion: Washington Post
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: The Hill, CNN, The Week and Breitbart
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Martin Matishak / Politico:
Mark Warner keeps his head down on way to the election — and a possible Intel gavel
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Fox News may be continuing to undermine Trump's reelection hopes
Discussion: Raw Story
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, Vox and The Hill
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 …
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 …
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
FEMA Threw Out The Faulty Ventilators Russia Gave The US Without Ever Using Them  —  As the US was bracing for a major wave of seriously ill coronavirus patients in March, President Donald Trump asked President Vladimir Putin in a phone call for help.  In response, Moscow sent 45 ventilators …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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
Sakshi Venkatraman / NBC News:
Texas social workers can now turn away LGBTQ, disabled clients  —  Texas social workers can now turn away LGBTQ clients and those with a disability.  —  The state Board of Social Work Examiners voted unanimously to change a section of its code of conduct last week following a recommendation …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Senior U.S. officials self-isolate after meeting Lebanese spymaster who's positive for Covid
Discussion: The National
Politico:
Donald Trump has a problem: White women in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alex Zidel / HotNewHipHop.com:
50 Cent Endorses Donald Trump For President
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Nick Givas / Fox News:
Orlando company president tells employees there could be layoffs if Biden beats Trump
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Government watchdog will probe Trump officials' interference at CDC, FDA
Discussion: The Hill and UPI
CNN:
Florida's early vote skewing younger so far
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Klasfeld / courthousenews.com:
Ghislaine Maxwell Deposition Must Be Public, 2nd Circuit Affirms
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
Discussion: Forbes and Political Wire
Tony Schwartz / The Daily Beast:
I Wrote Trump's ‘The Art of the Deal.’ And I'm Terrified of What He'll Do Next.
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump keeps talking about losing
Discussion: Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
‘A Republican bloodbath’: GOP senators voice fears of a painful Trump defeat
Discussion: Reason, Raw Story and Washington Post
FiveThirtyEight:
Trump Is Losing Ground With White Voters But Gaining Among Black And Hispanic Americans