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7:45 AM ET, October 21, 2020

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New York Times:
Trump Records Shed New Light on Chinese Business Pursuits  —  As he raises questions about his opponent's standing with China, President Trump's taxes reveal details about his own activities there, including a previously unknown bank account.  —  President Trump and his allies have tried …
Politico:
Bloomberg knocks Trump back on his heels in Florida  —  Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's $100 million investment in Florida to defeat Donald Trump is recasting the presidential contest in the president's must-win state, forcing his campaign to spend big to shore up his position and freeing …
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Rick Linsk / Reuters:
Lawyers spurn Trump campaign in individual donations, including from Jones Day  —  (Reuters) - Lawyers at Jones Day, which has earned millions as outside counsel to U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, have donated nearly $90,000 to the campaign committee of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP pollster Luntz blasts Trump campaign as worst he's ever seen  —  Prominent Republican pollster Frank Luntz blasted President Trump and his campaign on Tuesday for focusing on Hunter Biden in the stretch run to Election Day, calling Trump's campaign the worst he's ever seen and saying …
Washington Post:
Biden's campaign committee entered October with nearly triple the cash haul of Trump's campaign, new filings show
Politico:
Trump's cash woes mount as Biden laps him
Discussion: Raw Story
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI says it has ‘nothing to add’ to Ratcliffe's remarks about Hunter Biden, Russian disinformation  —  The FBI notified Congress late Tuesday that it has “nothing to add at this time” to a statement made by President Trump's director of national intelligence disputing the idea that Russia orchestrated …
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Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Photo shows Joe Biden meeting Hunter's alleged business partner from Kazakhstan
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Glenn Greenwald: Media and Intel Community Working Together To Manipulate The American People
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Trump cuts a ‘60 Minutes’ interview short, and then taunts Lesley Stahl on Twitter.  —  President Trump abruptly cut off an interview with the “60 Minutes” star Lesley Stahl at the White House on Tuesday and then taunted her on Twitter, posting a short behind-the-scenes video of her at the taping …
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CNN:
Trump abruptly ends ‘60 Minutes’ interview before taping joint appearance with Pence  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump abruptly ended a solo interview with CBS News' “60 Minutes” Tuesday and did not return for an appearance he was supposed to tape with Vice President Mike Pence, according to multiple sources familiar with what happened.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump ends ‘60 Minutes’ interview, attacks Lesley Stahl on Twitter
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR:
Studies Point To Big Drop In COVID-19 Death Rates  —  Toggle more options  —  Two new peer-reviewed studies are showing a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 patients.  The drop is seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions …
Discussion: Instapundit
Washington Post:
McConnell warns White House against making stimulus deal as Pelosi and Mnuchin inch closer  —  GOP leader suggests Democrats are not negotiating in good faith and could disrupt Supreme Court nomination  —  Prospects for an economic relief package in the next two weeks dimmed markedly …
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CNN:
Election officials in at least two states contact law enforcement after threatening emails sent to voters  —  (CNN)Elections officials in Florida and Alaska contacted law enforcement Tuesday after registered voters reported receiving threatening emails that said, “Vote for Trump or else!”
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Nathaniel Herz / Alaska Public Media:   Emails sent to Alaskans on Tuesday warned them to “vote for Trump or else”
Heather Perlberg / Bloomberg:
Apollo Board to Examine Leon Black's Ties to Jeffrey Epstein  — Black asked board panel to review dealings at regular meeting  — Board members tapped law firm Dechert to conduct interviews  —  Apollo Global Management Inc. board members are investigating co-founder Leon Black's ties …
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Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
Apollo Board Panel to Review Leon Black's Ties With Jeffrey Epstein
Discussion: New York Times
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Administration officials alarmed by White House push to fast track lucrative 5G spectrum contract, sources say  —  Washington (CNN)Senior officials throughout various departments and agencies of the Trump administration tell CNN they are alarmed at White House pressure to grant what would essentially …
NBC News:
Lawyers say they can't find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by Trump administration  —  WASHINGTON — Lawyers appointed by a federal judge to identify migrant families who were separated by the Trump administration say they have yet to track down the parents of 545 children …
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“If There Is Another Tick Down, It's a Total Bloodbath”: How Trump's Self-Destructive Candidacy Could Blow Up the Electoral Map  —  Democrats' massive fundraising, downballot energy, and seniors turning against Trump signal a potential blue-wave election with unexpected flips.
Washington Post:
Republicans, it's time to choose between autocracy and a republic  —  Republicans Reed Galen, Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson are co-founders of the Lincoln Project.  Stuart Stevens is a senior adviser to the Lincoln Project.  —  This is for the many men and women in Washington with whom we have worked over the past 30-plus years.
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
51% of Voters Now Back Barrett's Confirmation, Most Support Ever for a Trump Supreme Court Nominee  —  Slim majority, including 32% of Democrats and 44% of independents, supports confirming Amy Coney Barrett  —  Last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings provided a high-profile opportunity …
Discussion: Ohio Capital Journal
Associated Press:
U.S. antitrust case against Google mirrors Microsoft battle  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's legal assault on Google actually feels like a blast from the past.  —  The U.S. Justice Department filed an equally high-profile case against a technology giant in 1998 …
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John C. Danforth / Washington Post:
Trump's attack on the debate commission is an attack on the election itself  —  John C. Danforth, a Republican, represented Missouri in the U.S. Senate for three terms and has served on the Commission on Presidential Debates since 1994.  —  Like all members of the Commission on Presidential Debates …
Discussion: Mediaite and Fox News
Bloomberg:
Biden Looking to Longtime Aide Ron Klain for Chief of Staff  — Klain worked on Obama administration's economic recovery plan  — Steve Ricchetti also still in running for top staff job  —  Longtime Democratic aide Ron Klain is the leading candidate to be presidential nominee Joe Biden's chief …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's 2020 cure-all: Rallies, rallies and more rallies  —  President Donald Trump yearns for the magic of his 2016 upstart campaign: the multi-rally days, crisscrossing the country in a Trump-branded plane, the screaming crowds.  —  So he's designed a 2016 redux in 2020 to recapture that spirit …
Discussion: Reuters
Axios:
Louisville officer: “Breonna Taylor would be alive” if we had served no-knock warrant  —  Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, the Louisville officer who led the botched police raid that caused the death of Breonna Taylor, said the No. 1 thing he wishes he had done differently is either served a “no-knock” …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Documents in Ghislaine Maxwell criminal case expected to be released by Thursday  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday ordered the release of a deposition that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell gave in 2016 related to her dealings with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, and which she had fought to keep under wraps.
Discussion: NBC New York
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Silicon Valley megadonors unleash a last-minute, $100 million barrage of ads against Trump  —  Billionaire Dustin Moskovitz is making his biggest political play of the cycle.  Asana  —  Facebook billionaire co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has put more than $20 million into a little-known Democratic super PAC that is spending big.
Discussion: New York Times
Joshua Klein / Breitbart:
Former Clinton Aide Behind Calls for Investigation Following Pompeo Pledge to Release Hillary Emails  —  The American Oversight liberal interest group has called for an investigation in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stating this month that the State Department …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Everyone's Playing Among Us  —  YouTubers, influencers and streamers popularized Among Us, a multiplayer game.  Now it's everywhere.  —  When an indie game company created Among Us in 2018, it was greeted with little fanfare.  The multiplayer game remained under the radar as many games do — until the summer of the pandemic.
 
 
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How the F.D.A. Stood Up to the President
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