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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
There's Already a Corrupt Presidential Kid.  It's Ivanka.  —  As the right races manically to pin whatever it can on Joe Biden's son, let's not forget who's actually made millions while in the White House.  —  BEAST INSIDE … The closing arguments of the 2020 campaign can be summed up as …
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
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Mike Thompson / USA Today:
Elect Joe Biden.  Reject Donald Trump.  —  Our View: In 2016, we broke tradition in urging you not to vote for Trump.  Now we're making our first presidential endorsement.  We hope it's our last.  —  The Editorial Board, USA TODAY  —  Show caption Hide caption
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump begs William Barr to save him, revealing weakness and panic  —  It's a perverse paradox of the 2020 election.  On one front after another, President Trump has been extraordinarily brazen about his efforts to corrupt the election on his own behalf.  And it's precisely because of this shamelessness …
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say  —  More than 50 former senior intelligence officials have signed on to a letter outlining their belief that the recent disclosure of emails allegedly belonging to Joe Biden's son “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”
Axios:
NY Post story goes massive on social media despite crackdowns  —  Facebook and Twitter's frantic attempts to stop the spread of the New York Post's Hunter Biden story didn't prevent the article from becoming the top story about the election on those platforms last week, according to data from NewsWhip.
Fox News:
Trump urges Barr to ‘act fast,’ ‘appoint somebody’ to probe Hunter Biden business dealings
Associated Press:
How Trump plowed through $1 billion, losing cash advantage  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's sprawling political operation has raised well over $1 billion since he took the White House in 2017 — and set a lot of it on fire.  —  Trump bought a $10 million Super Bowl ad when he didn't yet have a challenger.
New York Times:
Voters Prefer Biden Over Trump on Almost All Major Issues, Poll Shows  —  THE NEW YORK TIMES / SIENA COLLEGE POLL  —  Joseph R.  —  Biden Jr.  —  Donald J.  —  50%  —  Based on a New York Times/Siena College poll of 987 likely voters  —  from Oct. 15 to 18.  —  THE NEW YORK TIMES / SIENA COLLEGE POLL
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New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly  —  A victory for the government could remake one of America's most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department accused Google of maintaining an illegal monopoly …
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Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department to File Long-Awaited Antitrust Suit Against Google
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Justice Department charges Google with multiple violations of federal antitrust law
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
51% in U.S. Want Amy Coney Barrett Seated on Supreme Court  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A slim 51% majority of Americans support federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last month.  At the same time …
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
Senate to vote on Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation on Oct. 26
Joyce Vance / MSNBC:
We may never recover from the damage Trump has done to the Supreme Court
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Scaachi Koul / BuzzFeed News:
Jeffrey Toobin Can't Be The Only Person Masturbating On Work Zoom Calls  —  I mean, who among us, you know?  —  Yesterday was a fun day on Media Twitter, routinely the worst of all Twitter subcultures.  (Except, maybe, leg-washing Twitter, which I have decided we shall never speak of again after the end of this sentence.)
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Senate: Iowa to Leans Democratic  —  Dear Readers: Join us Thursday at 2 p.m., just hours before the final presidential debate, for the latest edition of Sabato's Crystal Ball: America Votes.  —  If you have questions you would like us to answer about the closing days of the campaign, email us at goodpolitics@virginia.edu.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Democrats Gain in Georgia Senate Races as Presidential Race Remains Tied  —  Our latest survey shows a shift toward Biden among college-educated white voters, but surprising Trump gains among nonwhite voters.  —  A shift against President Trump among white college-educated voters in Georgia …
Discussion: The Hill
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Silicon Valley megadonors unleash a last-minute, $100 million barrage of ads against Trump  —  Facebook billionaire co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has put more than $20 million into a little-known Democratic super PAC that is spending big.  —  SHARE All sharing options
Discussion: Political Wire
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
The coronavirus pandemic has caused nearly 300,000 more deaths than expected in a typical year  —  The coronavirus pandemic has left about 285,000 more people dead in the United States than would be expected in a typical year, two-thirds of them from covid-19 itself and the rest from other causes …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Politico:
Biden eyes GOP candidates for Cabinet slots  —  Joe Biden's transition team is vetting a handful of Republicans for potential Cabinet positions — despite doubts it will win him new support from the right and the risk it will enrage the left.  —  Reaching across the aisle to pick senior members …
Kate Bennett / CNN:
Melania Trump cancels plans to attend Tuesday rally citing Covid recovery  —  (CNN)Melania Trump is canceling her first campaign appearance in months because she is not feeling well as she continues to recover from Covid-19.  —  She had been set to join President Donald Trump's rally …
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Monica Alba / NBC News:
Melania Trump to skip Pennsylvania rally due to cough
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson Prophesies That Trump Will Win Reelection, Then the End Times Will Begin  —  Televangelist Pat Robertson reported on “The 700 Club” today that he had been told by God that President Donald Trump will be reelected ... and his reelection will bring about start of the End Times.
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Meadows confirms Trump's tweets “declassifying” Russia documents were false  —  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows confirmed in court on Tuesday that President Trump's tweets authorizing the disclosure of documents related to the Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton's emails …
Samer Kalaf / Defector:
Even Joe Buck And Troy Aikman Find Pregame Flyovers To Be A Little Much These Days  —  Like many people, Fox Sports broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman seem to see pregame military flyovers as wasteful and obnoxious.  Here's a clip from Sunday's Packers-Buccaneers broadcast, sent in by a tipster:
Julia Ioffe / GQ:
The Mystery of the Immaculate Concussion  —  He was a senior CIA official tasked with getting tough on Russia.  Then one night in Moscow, Marc Polymeropoulos's life changed forever.  He says he was hit with a mysterious weapon, joining dozens of American diplomats and spies who believe they've …
Michael Steele / NBC News:
I'm a Republican voting for Joe Biden over Trump.  Because I'm an American first.  —  I am an American, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.  And I am voting for Joe Biden on November 3.  —  Why?  —  I was, and am, convinced that conservative principles are the most effective means …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Forbes and IJR
Renée DiResta / The Atlantic:
The Right's Disinformation Machine Is Getting Ready for Trump to Lose  —  Whether President Donald Trump wins or loses, some version of QAnon is going to survive the election.  On the day of the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, the individual or group known as “Q” sent out a flurry of posts.
Associated Press:
Protest arrests show regular Americans, not urban antifa  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump portrays the hundreds of people arrested nationwide in protests against racial injustice as violent urban left-wing radicals.  But an Associated Press review of thousands of pages of court documents tell a different story.
Discussion: The Hill and Florida Politics
Alice Roberts / New Jersey Online:
My husband died of COVID-19 and I have just one plea to make of you  —  After catching COVID-19 that required a brief stay in the hospital, President Trump blithely said, “Don't let it take over your lives.”  —  It's much too late for that, of course.  For my family and me, it took over our lives when it took my husband, Rob.
James Arkin / Politico:
Party-switcher puts Kansas Senate seat in play for Democrats  —  SALINA, Kan. — Kansas Senate candidate Barbara Bollier was a life-long Republican, but in 2018 she decided she'd had enough: Fed up by the party's lurch to the right in Washington and Topeka, the 62-year-old state legislator divorced the GOP and became a Democrat.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and The 19th
Kevin Koeninger / courthousenews.com:
Grand Juror in Breonna Taylor Case Speaks Out Against AG  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CN) — An anonymous grand juror from the Breonna Taylor case issued a rare public statement Tuesday, claiming the grand jury was given no options other than the three wanton endangerment charges brought against a fired Louisville police officer.
Discussion: Forbes
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Biden and Trump battle for White voters, district-level polls are revealing  —  In the final stretch of 2016, some analysts were able to detect loud, clanging alarms ringing for Hillary Clinton beneath the surface that most of us could not.  They had access to polling conducted …
CNN:
A timeline of Trump's claims that Covid-19 will vanish  —  In his first speech after his hospitalization for Covid-19, President Donald Trump stood on a White House balcony on October 10 and made a grand declaration about the coronavirus: “It's going to disappear.  It is disappearing.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The new debate rules will make it very hard for Donald Trump to be Donald Trump  —  (CNN)On Monday night, the Commission on Presidential Debates unanimously approved a new rule for Thursday night's final debate that will make it virtually impossible for Donald Trump to be, well, Donald Trump.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and ABC7
John Vandiver / Stars & Stripes:
Marine Corps general under investigation for using racial slur is relieved of command  —  STUTTGART, Germany — Maj. Gen. Stephen Neary has been relieved of command of U.S. Marines in Europe and Africa while the service investigates allegations he used a racial slur that denigrates Black people, the Corps said Tuesday.
Discussion: ABC News, CNN, UPI and Task & Purpose
Rebecca Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Several Lawmakers Denied Access to Postal Facilities  —  Democrats said visits are needed to ensure mail-in ballot safety; GOP calls effort political stunt  —  Efforts by some members of Congress to observe firsthand how mail is being processed at large facilities in the final weeks …
New York Times:
1.5 Million New Yorkers Can't Afford Food.  Pantries Are Their Lifeline.  —  Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have shown up at the city's food banks since the pandemic began.  People who were already going to the pantries have grown more reliant on them.  But there is relief and hope when they are at home cooking.
 
 
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Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
If Joe Biden lies and the media ignore it, does he make a sound?
Stephanie Lai / Los Angeles Times:
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
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Bloomberg:
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