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11:10 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 …
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 …
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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
There's Already a Corrupt Presidential Kid. It's Ivanka.
Mike Thompson / USA Today:
Elect Joe Biden. Reject Donald Trump.
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
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
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
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”
Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon / Florida Today:
Threatening emails telling voters to vote for Trump target Brevard County residents
Discussion: WUFT News and Florida Politics
New York Times:
Trump's Campaign Cash Dwindled to $63 Million Entering October  —  New financial filings showed the extent of the president's cash troubles, as he is now badly outmatched by Joe Biden.  —  President Trump's re-election campaign committee ended September with only $63.1 million …
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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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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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
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: The Week, Political Wire, IJR 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Mairead McArdle / National Review:
Senate Will Vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court Confirmation on Monday  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will vote next Monday, October 26, to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.  —  The announcement comes after four days of hearings …
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Fox News:
Senate to vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett next Monday, McConnell says
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Fumes at Fauci, Believes He's Auditioning for CNN Gig  —  The president has amplified his attacks on the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, who he thinks is angling for the adoration of the press.  —  In the final two weeks of his re-election campaign, President Donald …
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
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Meet your (Chinese) Facebook censors  —  China is one of the most censorious societies on earth.  So what better place for ­Facebook to recruit social-media censors?  —  There are at least half a dozen “Chinese nationals who are working on censorship,” a former Facebook insider told me last week.
Discussion: Breitbart and Da Tech Guy Blog
Zeynep / Insight:
Welcome to Insight  —  A newsletter for thinking deeply about complex puzzles worth pondering  —  I'm launching a newsletter called Insight.  Why?  Because I have things I think I can do here, in this format, with a smaller but engaged community that's interested in tackling the complexity and the messy reality of the world.
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.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Trump Is Giving Up  —  Against both the coronavirus and Joe Biden, the president's strategy increasingly accepts defeat.  —  Donald Trump can still win the 2020 presidential election; something that has a 10 percent or 15 percent chance of happening can certainly transpire.
Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org
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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
What's needed for a first step toward peace for Armenia and Azerbaijan  —  During a visit four years ago to the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian population that dominates the enclave seemed as solid and immovable as the rocky hills that surround the region.
Discussion: Al Jazeera, New York Times and Politico
 
 
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Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Elliott Broidy Pleads Guilty in Foreign Lobbying Case
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Head of US Election Assistance Commission Tells Christians to ‘Rise Up’ and Vote: ‘We Can Decide Just About Every Election in This Country’
John Sipher / New York Times:
The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth
Politico:
White House looks at cutting Covid funds, newborn screenings in ‘anarchist’ cities
Discussion: Raw Story
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Glenn Greenwald: Media and Intel Community Working Together To Manipulate The American People
Discussion: Breitbart
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
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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
Washington Post:
Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee and pro-democracy group he founded sue Saudi crown prince in his slaying
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
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
If Joe Biden lies and the media ignore it, does he make a sound?
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson Prophesies That Trump Will Win Reelection, Then the End Times Will Begin
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite