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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 …
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.
Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Trump Campaign Coffers Shrink to $63 Million Two Weeks Before Election Day  —  President Trump and Joe Biden are tied in Georgia, a New York Times/Siena College poll found, and Democrats are gaining in both Senate races there.  Crowds gathered for Wisconsin's first day of in-person voting and Florida broke a record for early voting.
Meridith McGraw / Politico:
Trump ends ‘60 Minutes’ interview, attacks Lesley Stahl on Twitter  —  At the White House on Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump ended a fiery interview taping with CBS News' “60 Minutes,” proceeded to launch an attack against the interviewer on Twitter for not wearing a mask, and threatened to post the interview before it aired.
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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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 …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Bevan Cooney Moved from Prison Cell after Providing Email Account Exposing Hunter Biden
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!”
Discussion: New York Times
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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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Washington Post:
Biden's campaign committee entered October with nearly triple the cash haul of Trump's campaign, new filings show  —  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden entered October with nearly three times as much cash as President Trump, amassing a major financial advantage for his campaign committee thanks …
Rick Linsk / Reuters:   Lawyers spurn Trump campaign in individual donations, including from Jones Day
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 …
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:
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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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, IJR, UPI, The Hill and Political Wire
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Axios
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
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 …
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.
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Glenn Greenwald: Media and Intel Community Working Together To Manipulate The American People  —  Glenn Greenwald appeared on Tucker Carlson's FOX News show Monday night to criticize the media for its lack of response to the Hunter Biden laptop story.  Greenwald also criticized intel community activity …
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Washington Free Beacon:
WATCH: Unhinged Joe Biden Attacks the Free Press, Democracy Itself … An attack on the media is an attack on democracy itself.  —  Former vice president Joe Biden doesn't leave his basement very often, but when he does the Democratic nominee has a tendency to lash out at defenseless reporters who are just doing their jobs.
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’  —  Christy McCormick is the head of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, an “independent, bipartisan commission,” which serves as a national clearinghouse …
 
 
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Documents in Ghislaine Maxwell criminal case expected to be released by Thursday
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John Sipher / New York Times:
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Politico:
White House looks at cutting Covid funds, newborn screenings in ‘anarchist’ cities
Discussion: Raw Story
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The Dworkin Report:
Mary L. Trump blames her Uncle's “criminal” coronavirus response for 200,000+ American deaths
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Pat Robertson Prophesies That Trump Will Win Reelection, Then the End Times Will Begin