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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 …
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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Ratcliffe says Hunter Biden laptop, emails ‘not part of some Russian disinformation campaign’
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 …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronics Ward News
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Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Charges Six Russian Intelligence Officers With Hacking  —  Indictment links Russian hackers to several prominent cyberattacks in recent years, including the global 2017 NotPetya attack  —  WASHINGTON—Federal prosecutors on Monday unsealed charges against six Russian intelligence officers accused …
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign
Discussion: Politico, WTOP and New York Post
U.S. Department of Justice:   Six Russian GRU Officers Charged in Connection with Worldwide Deployment of Destructive Malware and Other Disruptive Actions in Cyberspace
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
DOJ announces charges against 6 Russian military officers allegedly involved in hacking, malware operations
Discussion: Bloomberg and Fox News
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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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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says people tired of hearing about COVID  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):  —  President Donald Trump says people are tired of hearing from Dr. Anthony Fauci “and all these idiots” about the coronavirus.
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Mario Parker / Bloomberg:
Trump Lumps Fauci Among ‘Idiots’ But Suggests He Won't Fire Him  — Says Fauci's advice would have led to as many as 800,000 dead  — Said earlier he followed infectious-disease expert's advice  —  Donald Trump complained to his campaign staff about the government's top infectious disease expert …
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump trashes Fauci and makes baseless coronavirus claims in campaign call
Discussion: Raw Story
Mario Parker / Bloomberg:
Trump Was Unsure of Victory Until Recently, He Tells Staff
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Erica Orden / CNN:
Decision on subpoena for Trump tax returns now in hands of Supreme Court  —  Analyst reveals who poses biggest legal threat to Trump if he loses election  —  (CNN)With just over two weeks until the presidential election, a decision on whether to further delay handing over President Donald …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court to hear case over Trump border wall
Marco Rubio / Fox News:
Joe Biden and packing the Supreme Court — the dirty little secret Dems don't want to reveal
Discussion: Florida Politics
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 and The Hill
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
‘A Republican bloodbath’: GOP senators voice fears of a painful Trump defeat  —  WASHINGTON — Republican senators are increasingly voicing fears that President Donald Trump could lose the election, and some are openly fretting that he'll turn the party's candidates into electoral roadkill …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The stunning extent to which Trumpism is centered among Fox News-watching Republicans  —  From the outset of his presidency — or, really, his 2016 campaign — President Trump's approach to politics has been to get those who agree with him to agree with him more and more and more.
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: The Week, Breitbart, CNN and Washington Post
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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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 …
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.
Mother Jones:
A Long List of Shady Financial Mysteries Trump Still Refuses to Explain  —  If Trump is going to ask Biden to reveal info about his family...  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: spiked
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Conservatives voting Joe Biden over Donald Trump are patriots.  Thanks for the inspiration.  —  Conservatives are setting aside policy priorities to vote for Biden and other Democrats.  Would I be this honorable if our situations were reversed?  —  | USA TODAY
Discussion: Issues & Insights and Bloomberg
Claire Galofaro / Associated Press:
‘Our house is on fire’: Suburban women lead a Trump revolt  —  TROY, Mich. (AP) — She walks with the determination of a person who believes the very fate of democracy might depend on the next door she knocks on, head down, shoulders forward.  She wears nothing fussy, the battle fatigues of her troupe: yoga pants and sneakers.
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 …
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 …
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.  —  Trump, Biden campaign in swing states as early voting hits record high  —  With 15 days until Election Day, 28.1 million Americans …
Tom Phillips / The Guardian:
Bolivia election: exit polls suggest thumping win for Evo Morales's party  —  Presidential election win for Luis Arce would mark stunning leftwing political comeback  —  Exit polls suggest Evo Morales's leftwing party has pulled off a stunning political comeback in Bolivia's presidential election …
 
 
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John M. Barry / New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump keeps talking about losing
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Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Trump Will Have $900 Million Of Loans Coming Due In His Second Term If He's Reelected
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Ellen L. Weintraub / New York Times:
Justice Kavanaugh Unlocked Ways to Fight Foreign Interference
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Pollster Who Thinks Trump Is Ahead
Discussion: Bulwark+ and Washington Post
New York Times:
Has Trump Drawn the Water for a ‘Republican Blood Bath’?
Discussion: Althouse
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal judge strikes down Trump plan to slash food stamps for 700,000 unemployed Americans
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story, The Week and Axios