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9:35 PM ET, October 20, 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 …
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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.
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Washington Post:
McConnell warns White House against making stimulus deal before election, sources say  —  Suggests Pelosi is not negotiating in good faith and could disrupt Supreme Court nomination  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Senate Republicans on Tuesday that he has warned …
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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.
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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 Week and The Hill
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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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
There's Already a Corrupt Presidential Kid. It's Ivanka.
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
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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Thomas Barrabi / Fox News:
Majority of Americans oppose court-packing, new poll finds
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
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.)
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Lee Smith / Spectator USA:   Jeffrey Toobin's stroke of misfortune
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Exclusive Search Deals With Apple at Heart of U.S. Lawsuit  —  Hitting ‘Code Red’; lucrative partnership between tech giants in the antitrust spotlight  —  Inside Google, they called the scenario “Code Red,” so stark was the prospect of losing the search engine's lucrative pipeline from Apple Inc.'s iPhone.
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Kent Walker / The Keyword:
A deeply flawed lawsuit that would do nothing to help consumers
New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly
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.
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 and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire, IJR and The Hill
Tess Owen / VICE:
‘Proud Boys’ Emails Threatening Florida Voters Appear to Use Spoofed Email Address  —  The emails, which read ‘Vote for Trump or else!’ have been delivered to Democratic voters using Estonian internet infrastructure.  —  Some Democratic voters in Florida have been receiving unsolicited emails purportedly …
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Nathaniel Herz / Alaska Public Media:   Emails sent to Alaskans on Tuesday warned them to “vote for Trump or else”
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
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 …
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.
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 299,000 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 …
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 …
New York Times:
How the F.D.A. Stood Up to the President  —  After months of caving to pressures from the White House, Commissioner Stephen Hahn and a band of agency scientists have eked out a few victories.  —  On Sept. 23, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn left a virtual meeting of the White House's coronavirus task force …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Teeman / The Daily Beast:
Tiffany Trump's Ridiculous Election Campaign Hits Its ‘LGBQIA’ Nadir  —  Tiffany Trump lied and gaslit through a “TrumpPride” speech, claiming her father was pro-"LGBQIA," when in fact his administration's homophobia and transphobia has been relentless. … There is no need, if you are a Trump supporter, to respond to this.
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
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How ‘Spygate’ Attacks Fizzled  —  For years, it was the subject of countless Fox News segments, talk radio rants, and viral right-wing tweets and Facebook posts.  It spawned Congressional hearings, Justice Department investigations, and investigations of those investigations.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Elliott Broidy Pleads Guilty for Back-Channel Lobbying Campaign to Drop 1MDB Investigation and Remove a Chinese Foreign National  —  Elliott Broidy, 63, of Beverly Hills, California, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
 
 
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Republicans, it's time to choose between autocracy and a republic
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Glenn Greenwald: Media and Intel Community Working Together To Manipulate The American People
Discussion: Breitbart
Kate Rabinowitz / Washington Post:
Early-voting numbers: U.S. on pace for record early turnout
Discussion: Raw Story
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's farmer bailout gave $21 billion to red counties and $2.1 billion to blue ones
Emma Colton / Washington Examiner:
We asked Fauci if the Women's March In DC was possible ‘superspreader event.’ He did not respond
Discussion: Townhall
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
Trump's ‘Stephen Miller acolytes’ in the civil service could destroy a Biden administration from within, insiders say
The Dworkin Report:
Mary L. Trump blames her Uncle's “criminal” coronavirus response for 200,000+ American deaths
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Biden and Trump battle for White voters, district-level polls are revealing
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Admiral from bin Laden raid endorses Biden in dramatic fashion
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Raw Story