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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 …
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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
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.”
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 …
Axios:
NY Post story goes massive on social media despite crackdowns
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.
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department to File Long-Awaited Antitrust Suit Against Google  —  Lawsuit follows lengthy investigation and seeks to break company's grip over search traffic  —  The Justice Department will file an antitrust lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google engaged in anticompetitive conduct …
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New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.)
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
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:
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
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.
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 …
Tim Alberta / Politico:
2 More Funny Feelings About 2020  —  President Donald Trump has settled on a closing message of downplaying the coronavirus, lacerating the media and contemplating aloud how it came to be that he could lose to Joe Biden—and whether he might self-exile from America because of it.
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.
Discussion: Rapid Response
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: Raw Story and The 19th
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Trump's “Eighth Wonder Of The World” is a few empty buildings  —  U.S. President Donald Trump (C) speaks as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (L) and Foxconn CEO Terry Gou look on at the groundbreaking for the Foxconn Technology Group computer screen plant on June 28, 2018 in Mt Pleasant, Wisconsin (Photo by Andy Manis/Getty Images)
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: CNN and Task & Purpose
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: Mediaite
Sara Fischer / Axios:
USA Today breaks tradition by endorsing Joe Biden  —  USA Today, the largest newspaper by circulation in America, gave Joe Biden its first-ever presidential endorsement on Tuesday.  —  The big picture: A slew of media companies are endorsing a candidate this year for the first time ever …
Discussion: The Guardian, Forbes, The Week and Fox News
Michelangelo Signorile / The Signorile Report:
Trump is a threat to democracy — even if he loses  —  He's clinging tight to his base in case he doesn't win re-election.  He'll be further unleashed and dangerous.  —  3 hr … Here we've been for almost four years, worried that Donald Trump will destroy us if he wins re-election in two weeks.
Discussion: WTOP
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Some communities in Wisconsin have already surpassed half their 2016 turnout, more than two weeks before Election Day  —  | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Show Caption Hide Caption … During an explosion of absentee voting this fall, some Wisconsin communities have already exceeded half …
Discussion: CNN
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Trump's sickness makes him harder to trust  —  Large shares of women, seniors and independents now say they're less likely to trust President Trump for accurate information about COVID-19 since he caught it himself, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
What Kristen Welker can learn from Savannah Guthrie about dealing with Trump  —  Savannah Guthrie brought her A game to last week's NBC town hall with President Trump.  She pushed back, she interrupted, she fact-checked in real time and she gave as good as she got — even providing the sound bite …
Discussion: Forbes and Vanity Fair
Joe Sneve / Argus Leader:
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Financial Times:
US voters turn against Donald Trump's economic policies  —  Final pre-election FT-Peterson poll shows more believe president is hurting the economy  —  Donald Trump's handling of the US economy is no longer benefiting his candidacy just weeks before election day, with a Financial Times poll finding …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
Trump lawyers return to court to block House subpoena for tax records
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
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Discussion: IJR and The Hill
Politico:
McCarthy locking up support despite fears of GOP losses
Discussion: The Hill