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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
New York Post Published Hunter Biden Report Amid Newsroom Doubts  —  Some reporters withheld their bylines and questioned the credibility of an article that made the tabloid's front page on Wednesday.  —  The New York Post's front-page article about Hunter Biden on Wednesday was written mostly …
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Peter Sterne / New York Magazine:
New York Post Insiders Slag ‘Very Flimsy’ Hunter Biden Stories  —  The New York Post's own journalists say they are skeptical of the paper's stories about Hunter Biden, including the man who wrote most of the “smoking gun” story and would not put his name on it, four newsroom sources told Intelligencer.
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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Tom Frieden / Washington Post:   A half-million more people could die if America pursues a ‘herd immunity’ plan
ABC News:
Trump heads into final campaign stretch forced to play defense against Biden  —  The president's team is growing concerned over key battleground states.  —  'I'm seeing more enthusiasm than I saw in 2016': RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel  —  Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel is interviewed on “This Week.”
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
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Aris Folley / The Hill:
Rolling Stone endorses Biden, calls Trump ‘categorically unfit to be president’
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump mocks Biden for trusting scientists while Biden slams Trump for Covid-19 ‘lie’
Chris Willman / Variety:
Beastie Boys License a Song for an Ad for First Time Ever, for Joe Biden Spot Focused on Live Music Shutdown
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Week
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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Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Pollster Who Thinks Trump Is Ahead  —  NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he polling aggregator on the website RealClearPolitics shows the margin in polls led by Joe Biden in a blue font and the ones led by Donald Trump in red.  For a while, the battleground states have tended to be uniformly blue …
Jonathan LaPook / CBS News:
Fauci admits administration has restricted his media appearances, says he's not surprised Trump got COVID  —  In a wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci expresses his frustration with a Trump campaign ad; explains why, early in the pandemic, masks were largely recommended …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Peter Schweizer: Hunter Biden's Flipped Business Partner Provided 26,000 Emails  —  The business partner of Hunter Biden who flipped on the Biden family from prison provided access to 26,000 emails, Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer said in a Saturday morning radio appearance.
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The Federalist:
We Gamed Out The 2020 Election And Found Our Constitution Can Handle The Madness  —  Risks this year include no certain presidential results on election night, and high-stakes struggles up to 79 days afterward, including foreign disinformation, fake news, and big-tech censorship.
Discussion: Instapundit
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Columbia Journalism Review:   How to cover Election Day and beyond
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, Washington Post and Political Wire
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Ratcliffe says Hunter Biden laptop, emails ‘not part of some Russian disinformation campaign’
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, Daily Kos and Raw Story
The Dworkin Report:
Meet the journalist who asked Trump if he “regrets all the lying” to the American people  —  Scott talks to S.V. Daté the world traveler who is now White House Correspondent for HuffPost.  Daté is the author of a new book entitled, “The Useful Idiot: How Donald Trump Killed …
New York Times:
As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place  —  A nationwide operation of 1,300 local sites publishes coverage that is ordered up by Republican groups and corporate P.R. firms.  —  The instructions were clear: Write an article calling out Sara Gideon …
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
With Covid-19 Under Control, China's Economy Surges Ahead  —  Exports jumped and local governments engaged in a binge of debt-fueled construction projects.  Even consumer spending is finally recovering.  —  BEIJING — As most of the world still struggles with the coronavirus pandemic …
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
A Secret U.S. Rescue in Yemen Played a Role in Mideast Peace Deal  —  The U.S. helped rescue U.A.E. soldiers after a 2017 helicopter crash, building a reservoir of trust that helped lead to recent agreement  —  WASHINGTON—On Aug. 11, 2017, a United Arab Emirates helicopter filled …
New York Times:
Has Trump Drawn the Water for a ‘Republican Blood Bath’?  —  And if he has, what should Biden do with his first term?  —  Bret Stephens: Good morning, Gail.  I was reading on social media that Osama bin Laden is alive and well and that he's living inside Donald Trump's brain.  Care to comment?
Discussion: Althouse
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump launches a frenzied effort to save his brand  —  President Donald Trump is racing to close a yawning gap in the polls in his final, frantic sprint to Election Day — and also rushing to restore a key element of his personal brand.  —  Two weeks since exiting a hospital after being pumped …
Discussion: Raw Story
Issues & Insights:
5 Other Things We'll Learn About Biden After The Election  —  For weeks, Joe Biden has played coy about whether he'd pack the Supreme Court with liberals should he win the White House and Democrats take control of the Senate.  The media has largely ignored the issue, as they have anything that might harm Biden's chances.
Discussion: USA Today, Bloomberg and Denver Post
New York Times:
How Prepared Are These 7 Battlegrounds for the Election?  A Readiness Report  —  Short on money and under enormous pressure, many swing states are still trying to shore up a democratic process challenged daily by court cases, new laws and surges in the coronavirus.
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal judge strikes down Trump plan to slash food stamps for 700,000 unemployed Americans  —  A federal judge on Sunday formally struck down a Trump administration attempt to end food stamp benefits for nearly 700,000 unemployed people, blocking as “arbitrary and capricious” …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and Axios
Ilya Somin / Reason:
Do Originalists Ignore the Reconstruction Amendments?  —  Critics of originalism sometimes claim that originalists focus only on the original 1787 Constitution, while ignoring the Reconstruction amendments, which transformed the Constitution after the Civil War.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Donald Trump Is Losing His Touch.  So Is the TV Producer Who Shaped His Image.  —  Mark Burnett helped turn Donald Trump into a national figure with “The Apprentice.”  But since 2016, his impact “has kind of gone bust.”  —  Did you catch Steve Harvey's “Funderdome” on ABC?
Victoria Colliver / Politico:
California's $100M dialysis battle comes with ancillary benefits for labor union  —  OAKLAND — In initiative-happy California, one set of ads stands out — those involving dialysis clinics, an industry that's historically been a lower-profile player in politics.
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Will Have $900 Million Of Loans Coming Due In His Second Term If He's Reelected  —  The president would likely have to engage in a series of high-stakes transactions that could produce unfathomable conflicts of interest.  —  Whether or not Donald Trump wins the election …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
‘Lock Them All Up’: Trump's Whitmer Attack Fits a Damaging Pattern  —  Since returning to the campaign trail, the president has drawn only more attention to his difficulties with women and older voters by minimizing the pandemic and targeting female leaders.
Discussion: Electronics Ward News, Vox and WGN-TV
 
 
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
It's always 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 and CNN
dos.myflorida.com:
Early Voting  —  Early Voting Locations, Dates, and Times  —  Early Voting (EV) …
Amir Tibon / Haaretz:
Biden's Lead Over Trump Among American Jews at All-time High, New Poll Finds
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Inside the ‘Malarkey Factory,’ Biden's online war room
Discussion: Political Wire
Ellen L. Weintraub / New York Times:
Justice Kavanaugh Unlocked Ways to Fight Foreign Interference
Alicia Garza / The Atlantic:
How to Build a Multiracial Movement
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
The Cost of Bidenomics  —  A new study on Biden's tax, health-care, energy and regulation …
Discussion: Redstate
Laurens Cerulus / Politico:
EU countries sound alarm about growing anti-5G movement
Wall Street Journal:
Partisan Sites Posing as Local News Expand Ahead of Election
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Cornyn defended Trump for siphoning Pentagon budget to pay for border wall, but now claims he was against it
Axios:
What early voting can (and can't) tell us about the election
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Scoop: What Trump's debate coaches are telling him