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8:37 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 …
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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 …
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  —  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: Just The News
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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David Siders / Politico:
The hidden factors that could produce a surprise Trump victory
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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Associated Press:
Supreme Court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballot counting  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea.  —  The justices divided 4-4 Monday, an outcome that upholds …
Axios:
Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP request to limit mail-in voting
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Breitbart
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 …
New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Dismisses Fauci as a ‘Disaster’ in Call With Campaign Staff  —  Early in-person voting begins today in Florida.  President Trump campaigns in Arizona while Joe Biden prepares for Thursday's debate.  Despite threats, this election could be the most secure yet.
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NBC News:
Trump calls Fauci a ‘disaster’ and says it would be a ‘bomb’ if he fired him
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 …
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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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Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Trump says he will test for COVID-19 before next presidential debate  —  PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would test for the coronavirus before the next presidential debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden this week.  —  “Sure I would have no problem with that …
Discussion: Fox News, Breitbart, The Hill, CNBC and CNN
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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.
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
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
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
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
NBC New York:
Anthony Weiner Talks Political Past and Future  —  Anthony Weiner is turning a new leaf and jumping back into professional life.  Andrew Siff shares an exclusive interview with the former congressman.
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.
CNN:
Reagan's son: We have grifters in the White House  —  Ron Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan and former first lady Nancy Reagan, tells CNN's Ana Cabrera that his father would “be horrified” by the Republican Party of today.  He added that the Trump children are profiting off of their father's presidency as “grifters.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Meet Arnon Mishkin, the Fox News analyst who will call the winner of the election  —  President Trump has sustained himself during a challenging 2020 campaign against former vice president Joe Biden with friendly interviews and support from the Fox News opinion hosts.
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 …
Joe Biden / Arizona Republic:
Arizonans are hurting.  Here's my plan to help them as president  —  Opinion: 'We'll work as hard for those who don't support us as those who do,' Joe Biden writes.  'That's the job of a president — the duty to care for everyone.'  —  Editor's note: The Biden campaign offered this column for publication.
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.
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.
 
 
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A Woman In Her Thirties Died Of COVID-19 On A Plane
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Lobbyists begin to prepare for a potential Biden presidency
Sid Garcia / ABC7:
Fire intentionally set inside ballot box in Baldwin Park, officials say
Discussion: Newsweek and Breitbart
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Senior U.S. officials self-isolate after meeting Lebanese spymaster who's positive for Covid
Discussion: The National
Nick Givas / Fox News:
Orlando company president tells employees there could be layoffs if Biden beats Trump
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Scott Powers / Florida Politics:
Poll shows Patricia Sigman up 9 over Jason Brodeur in SD 9
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The stunning extent to which Trumpism is centered among Fox News-watching Republicans
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