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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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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.”
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The Daily Beast:
Even Parts of Trumpworld Are Like: Rudy, WTF Are You Doing?  —  ‘CRACK AND SEX STUFF’  —  Some Republicans fear that far from aiding the president, Giuliani's attacks on Hunter Biden will backfire.  —  As President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani attempts to alter the course …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: Fox News Passed on Hunter Biden Laptop Story Over Credibility Concerns
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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Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
In a 4-4 Split, the Supreme Court Lets Pennsylvania Make Voting Easier—for Now
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNN and Political Wire
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
SCOTUS: John Roberts Joins Liberals To Permit PA To Count Non-Postmarked Ballots 3-Days After Election Day
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Bloomberg
Axios:
Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP request to limit mail-in voting
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Gary Langer / ABC News:
With coronavirus concerns a factor, it's all tied up in North Carolina: Poll  —  It's a dead heat in both the presidential and Senate races in our latest data.  —  Voting in 2020 during COVID-19  —  How coronavirus has made mail-in voting and the general election more complicated in 2020.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Washington Post:
U.S. Senate race in N.C. is tight, with partisan views and Trump outweighing Cunningham scandal, Post-ABC poll finds
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll: Trump and Biden are in a dead heat in North Carolina
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Bloomberg
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 …
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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
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
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
USA Today breaks tradition by endorsing Joe Biden
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida shatters opening day record for early voting  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida shattered its opening day record for in-person early voting Monday, with at least 350,000 people casting ballots and election officials continuing to count statewide late into the night.
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and Redstate
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Dakota Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Journalist Yashar Ali accuses Garcetti advisor Rick Jacobs of sexual misconduct
Discussion: Fox News
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
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
McMaster says Trump's Taliban deal is Munich-like appeasement  —  President Trump's Afghanistan policy is confusing and unclear, even for his own officials.  His top general and his national security adviser are publicly battling over U.S. troop withdrawals in the country.
Discussion: New York Times and Alternet.org
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
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: Alternet.org
The American Conservative:
Trump Campaign Feels Cheated From Its Foreign Policy Debate  —  The president's campaign issued a complaint Monday over the last debate's topics.  The closing exchange traditionally focused near exclusively on foreign policy.  —  The Trump campaign is formally protesting the topics …
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Lindsey Graham's challenger, Jaime Harrison, has put S.C. back in play for Democrats  —  GOOSE CREEK, S.C. — Kenyatta Grimmage likes to talk politics with his customers during the 20 or so minutes it takes to give each of them a haircut at Howard's Barber Shop, which is Black-owned …
Politico:
McCarthy locking up support despite fears of GOP losses  —  House Republicans face the possibility of sinking further into the minority on Nov. 3.  President Donald Trump is trailing in key polls.  But Kevin McCarthy is confident he'll remain House GOP leader in the next Congress.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump's case against Omarosa exposes another problem: Unpaid legal bills  —  Donald Trump's campaign wants Omarosa Manigault Newman to pay up for penning an incriminating tell-all book about the president in 2018.  But it's the Trump campaign that hasn't paid its bills.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Sean Lyngaas / CyberScoop:
Industry alert pins state, local government hacking on suspected Russian group  —  Suspected Russian hackers were behind multiple recent intrusions of U.S. state and local computer networks, according to an industry analysis obtained by CyberScoop.  —  The group responsible is known as TEMP.Isotope …
Bloomberg:
Trump Fundraisers Spun Wheels, Spending 77 Cents to Bring in $1  — Committee pours money into upping grassroots fundraising  — Outlays in search of more donors leave little for advertising  —  President Donald Trump's campaign found it harder to raise money from small-dollar donors …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump closes his campaign by insulting Fauci for telling the truth  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's election endgame argument, far from bristling with new solutions to a pandemic that has killed 220,000 Americans, on Monday devolved into a campaign of insults against Dr. Anthony Fauci — for telling the truth about the disease.
 
 
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Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The Constitution Is the Crisis  —  It is an almost entirely foregone conclusion …
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Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact-checking Trump's dishonest weekend: The President made at least 66 false or misleading claims in three days
Discussion: WHDH-TV
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Senate panel delays vote to subpoena Twitter, Facebook CEOs as some Republicans waver
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Meet Arnon Mishkin, the Fox News analyst who will call the winner of the election
Politico:
Donald Trump has a problem: White women in Pennsylvania
Sakshi Venkatraman / NBC News:
Texas social workers can now turn away LGBTQ, disabled clients
Discussion: The Hill
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Fox News may be continuing to undermine Trump's reelection hopes
Discussion: Raw Story