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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 …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court denies GOP request to stop extended deadline for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, a key state for Trump  —  The Supreme Court on Monday night allowed Pennsylvania election officials to count mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day, refusing a Republican request …
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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  —  The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request from Pennsylvania's Republican Party to shorten the deadlines for mail-in ballots in the state.  Thanks to the court's 4-4 deadlock, ballots can be counted for several days after Election Day.
Discussion: BuzzFeed 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 …
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: 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
NBC News:
Trump calls Fauci a ‘disaster’ and says it would be a ‘bomb’ if he fired him
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says people tired of hearing about COVID
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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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
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 …
New York Times:
U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks  —  American officials in China, Cuba and Russia say U.S. agencies are concealing the true extent of the episodes, leaving colleagues vulnerable to hostile actions abroad.  —  WASHINGTON — The strange sound came at night …
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
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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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Senate panel delays vote to subpoena Twitter, Facebook CEOs as some Republicans waver  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday postponed plans to vote on subpoenas to compel the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to testify on allegations of anti-conservative bias after some panel Republicans expressed reservation about the maneuver.
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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 …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Debate commission to mute candidates during their opponent's initial responses to prevent interruptions
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 …
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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
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Lobbyists begin to prepare for a potential Biden presidency  — Lobbyists are beginning to prepare for a potential Joe Biden presidency as he leads President Donald Trump in national and several swing state polls.  — In recent weeks, some lobbyists have started meeting with Biden advisors …
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Associated Press:
Group offers churches $6-a-ballot to help people vote early  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A group's offer to pay churches $6 for every person they help to vote early this year does not violate any law although it might not be the “best practice” for getting out votes, Alabama's elections chief said Monday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
William McRaven / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Will Make America Lead Again  —  We need a president with decency and a sense of respect.  —  In their 1998 book, “A World Transformed,” George H.W. Bush and Brent Scowcroft recount the events that fundamentally changed the world during the Bush presidency.
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
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed News:
A Woman In Her Thirties Died Of COVID-19 On A Plane  —  A woman in her thirties died of COVID-19 while she was on a plane about to take off from Arizona to Texas in July, officials said Sunday.  —  The woman — who was only identified as a resident of Garland, Texas …
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.
Yashar Ali / Yashar's Newsletter:
Exclusive: Mayor of Los Angeles Repeatedly Witnessed Top Adviser's Alleged Sexual Misconduct  —  It would mean so much to me if you would subscribe to my newsletter by clicking the button above or the button at the end of this post.  You can subscribe for free, but I would be grateful …
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
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
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
Karen Brooks Harper / The Texas Tribune:
Texas can reject mail-in ballots over mismatched signatures without giving voters a chance to appeal, court rules  —  A federal judge had ordered the state to give voters a chance to resolve signature questions in time for their ballots to be counted.  Now that won't happen unless counties do it voluntarily.
Discussion: Law & Crime and KXAN-TV
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Discussion: Alternet.org
Sid Garcia / ABC7:
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
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Discussion: The National
Politico:
Donald Trump has a problem: White women in Pennsylvania
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Tony Schwartz / The Daily Beast:
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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:
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