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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 …
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Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Jeffrey Toobin Suspended From The New Yorker For Reportedly Masturbating During Staff Zoom Call (UPDATE)  —  Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended from his job as a staff writer at the New Yorker after he allegedly exposed his penis during a company Zoom call.  —  According to Vice's Motherboard …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and WTOP
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Fox News may be continuing to undermine Trump's reelection hopes  —  If President Trump does end up losing reelection, one big area that will be ripe for an autopsy is the role that Fox News played in making that happen.  —  A mammoth new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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 …
David Siders / Politico:
The hidden factors that could produce a surprise Trump victory
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 …
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: Just The News
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: ABC7, Raw Story, WHDH-TV, Mediaite, TheBlaze and Axios
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New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Dismisses Fauci as a ‘Disaster’ in Call With Campaign Staff
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court denies GOP request to stop extended period for returning mail ballots in Pennsylvania  —  The Supreme Court Monday night allowed Pennsylvania election officials to count mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day, refusing a Republican request to stop …
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Axios:
Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP request to limit mail-in voting
Discussion: Breitbart
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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U.S. Department of Justice:
Six Russian GRU Officers Charged in Connection with Worldwide Deployment of Destructive Malware and Other Disruptive Actions in Cyberspace
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Charges Six Russian Intelligence Officers With Hacking
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 …
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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
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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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 …
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
Auditor: Iowa misallocated at least $21 million in COVID-19 funds  —  Iowa's government misallocated at least $21 million of federal assistance intended for COVID-19 relief and must correct the error by the end of the year or face having to repay the money, State Auditor Rob Sand says.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Debate commission to meet Monday to discuss potential rule changes ahead of final contest  —  (CNN)The Commission on Presidential Debates will meet Monday afternoon to discuss potential rule changes to the final contest between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, two members of the commission tell CNN.
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Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Trump says he will test for COVID-19 before next presidential debate
Discussion: The Hill, CNBC and CNN
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
Jan Ransom / New York Times:
‘Vile, Racist Postings’ by N.Y. Court Officers Included Obama in a Noose  —  A new report found pervasive examples of racial bias — some explicit, some subtle — in New York State's court system.  —  One white court officer in Brooklyn posted an illustration of President Barack Obama with a noose around his neck on social media.
Discussion: Gothamist and The Root
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
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
Alex Zidel / HotNewHipHop.com:
50 Cent Endorses Donald Trump For President  —  Well, here's a shocking endorsement for Donald Trump.  —  50 Cent has gone on the record to diss Donald Trump in the past, calling out his response to the COVID-19 pandemic several months ago.  “You wanted a reality show host as president,” said Fif.
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 …
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Gowdy on Republicans leery of ‘debt and deficits’: ‘2024 is only four years away’  —  Fox News contributor tells ‘Daily Briefing’ any agreement between Pelosi, Mnuchin ‘is dead’ in Senate  —  Pelosi sets 48-hour deadline for any preelection COVID relief bill
Discussion: Politico, The Hill, Roll Call and Forbes
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 …
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.
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Senior U.S. officials self-isolate after meeting Lebanese spymaster who's positive for Covid  —  Several U.S. officials, including a senior figure at the State Department, are now self-isolating after meeting with a Lebanese spymaster who has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Discussion: The National
Sid Garcia / ABC7:
Fire intentionally set inside ballot box in Baldwin Park, officials say  —  Firefighters say someone purposely tossed burning newspaper into the official drop box.  —  KABC  —  BALDWIN PARK, Calif. (KABC) — Investigators are searching for the person who set a fire inside a ballot drop box …
Discussion: Newsweek and Breitbart
Politico:
Donald Trump has a problem: White women in Pennsylvania  —  ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Juliann Bortz wants to apologize for something she did a few years ago.  —  The 71-year-old resident of the battleground state of Pennsylvania, a registered Democrat, voted for Donald Trump.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
Reagan's son: We have grifters in the White House
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Lobbyists begin to prepare for a potential Biden presidency
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
Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
Will we ever know the truth about Russiagate?
 Earlier Items: 
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
Nessel: State police will enforce voting laws on Election Day if sheriffs won't
Discussion: The Root
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
Mario Parker / Bloomberg:
Trump Was Unsure of Victory Until Recently, He Tells Staff
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The stunning extent to which Trumpism is centered among Fox News-watching Republicans
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
‘A Republican bloodbath’: GOP senators voice fears of a painful Trump defeat
Discussion: Reason, Raw Story and Washington Post
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Conservatives voting Joe Biden over Donald Trump are patriots. Thanks for the inspiration.
Charlotte Graham-McLay / The Guardian:
Why New Zealand rejected populist ideas other nations have embraced
Discussion: spiked
FiveThirtyEight:
Trump Is Losing Ground With White Voters But Gaining Among Black And Hispanic Americans