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10:40 AM ET, October 19, 2020

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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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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Charlie Kirk says he's in ‘a hostage situation’ with Twitter after social media giant blocks his account
Discussion: Breitbart
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Ratcliffe says Hunter Biden laptop, emails ‘not part of some Russian disinformation campaign’  —  ‘There is no intelligence that supports that,’ Director of National Intelligence Ratcliffe says  —  FBI faces calls for answers on Hunter Biden emails  —  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe …
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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 …
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
The Biden Corruption Scandal Isn't About Hunter, It's About Joe  —  The Hunter Biden scandal indicates that Joe Biden, while vice president of the United States, knowingly allowed his son to sell access to the Obama administration, then lied about it.  —  Hunter Biden's addiction is not the issue.
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Peter Schweizer: Hunter Biden's Flipped Business Partner Provided 26,000 Emails
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 …
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 …
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Rolling Stone endorses Biden, calls Trump ‘categorically unfit to be president’  —  Rolling Stone magazine is endorsing Democratic nominee Joe Biden, saying in a piece on Monday that America has lived “under a man categorically unfit to be president” for the last four years.
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Steven Pearl / Rolling Stone:
Joe Biden for President
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Guardian
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump mocks Biden for trusting scientists while Biden slams Trump for Covid-19 ‘lie’
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
U.S. Supreme Court to review legality of Trump's ‘remain in Mexico’ asylum policy  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide the legality of one of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies that has forced tens of thousands of migrants along the southern border …
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Megan Henney / Fox News:
Delaware senator says he's open to packing the Supreme Court
Washington Post:
Socialists claim massive victory in Bolivia, one year after being ousted  —  LA PAZ, Bolivia — Exit polls issued early Monday showed Bolivia's socialists taking a seemingly insurmountable lead in the country's bitterly fought presidential election, a result that, if confirmed by the official tally …
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Tom Phillips / The Guardian:
Bolivia election: exit polls suggest thumping win for Evo Morales's party
Discussion: Foreign Policy, UPI and Bloomberg
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, ABC News, Daily Kos and Raw Story
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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: The Hill
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 …
Yalman Onaran / Bloomberg:
Black Homeowners Pay $13,464 More on Their Mortgages, Study Says  — The ‘Black tax’ persists because of risk-based loan pricing  — Policy makers can reverse the negative impact, co-author says  —  Black borrowers pay $13,464 more over the life of a home loan, with interest …
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.
FiveThirtyEight:
Trump Is Losing Ground With White Voters But Gaining Among Black And Hispanic Americans  —  There's a well-known truth in politics: No one group swings an election.  —  But that doesn't mean that the demographic trends bubbling beneath the surface can't have an outsized effect.  Take 2016.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
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.
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.”
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 and Denver Post
American Greatness:
The Unapologetic Bias of the American Left  —  Today's Left sees their efforts bending in a preordained historical arc that ends with ultimate progressive justice—and retributions. … An avuncular Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor, Jim Lehrer, or Abe Rosenthal at least went through the motions …
Emily Larsen / Washington Examiner:
McClatchy rejects NRSC web ads on Cal Cunningham affair with little explanation  —  McClatchy, the publisher of several North Carolina newspapers, refused to allow the National Republican Senatorial Committee to place ads that targeted Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham's sexting scandal and affair.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
It's always the most important election in our lifetime, and it always will be  —  Supporters of George W. Bush and Al Gore protest outside the Supreme Court December 1, 2000, ahead of the Court's ruling on that year's presidential election winner.  Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images
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 …
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.
Ellen L. Weintraub / New York Times:
Justice Kavanaugh Unlocked Ways to Fight Foreign Interference  —  He made clear the constitutional rights of foreign actors abroad cannot be violated, because they have no constitutional rights.  —  Ms. Weintraub is a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission.
 
 
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Shipwreckedcrew / Redstate:
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Claire Galofaro / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Will Have $900 Million Of Loans Coming Due In His Second Term If He's Reelected
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Althouse
Nancy Cook / Politico:
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 Earlier Items: 
Laurens Cerulus / Politico:
EU countries sound alarm about growing anti-5G movement
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal judge strikes down Trump plan to slash food stamps for 700,000 unemployed Americans
Discussion: CNN, The Week and Axios
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Donald Trump Is Losing His Touch. So Is the TV Producer Who Shaped His Image.
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
Axios:
What early voting can (and can't) tell us about the election
Alayna Treene / Axios:
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