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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.”
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The Daily Beast:
Even Parts of Trumpworld Are Like: Rudy, WTF Are You Doing?
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Disinformation, mainstream media style
Discussion: Fox News
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
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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
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
USA Today breaks tradition by endorsing Joe Biden
Discussion: The Guardian and Fox News
Laura Wagner / VICE:
New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin for Zoom Dick Incident  —  In a statement to VICE, Jeffrey Toobin apologized for the “embarrassingly stupid mistake.”  —  Laura Wagner  —  The New Yorker has suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin.  Sources tell VICE it's because he exposed himself during …
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.
Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll: Trump and Biden are in a dead heat in North Carolina  —  Voters trust Trump more on economy, Biden on coronavirus  —  President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden are running in a dead heat in North Carolina, with the economy buoying the president's candidacy …
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Washington Post:
U.S. Senate race in N.C. is tight, with partisan views and Trump outweighing Cunningham scandal, Post-ABC poll finds  —  Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham are locked in a toss-up Senate race in North Carolina, where roughly a quarter of voters say the challenger's extramarital affair …
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Gary Langer / ABC News:
With coronavirus concerns a factor, it's all tied up in North Carolina: Poll
Discussion: Political Wire
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  —  American officials in China, Cuba and Russia say U.S. agencies are concealing the true extent of the episodes, leaving colleagues vulnerable to hostile actions abroad.  —  WASHINGTON — The strange sound came at night …
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court denies GOP request to stop extended deadline for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, a key state for Trump  —  The Supreme Court on Monday night allowed Pennsylvania election officials to count mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day, refusing a Republican request …
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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.
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart and Redstate
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Dakota Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Journalist Yashar Ali accuses Garcetti advisor Rick Jacobs of sexual misconduct
Discussion: Fox News
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Florida shatters opening day record for early voting  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida shattered its opening day record for in-person early voting Monday, with at least 350,000 people casting ballots and election officials continuing to count statewide late into the night.
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 …
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
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
McMaster says Trump's Taliban deal is Munich-like appeasement  —  President Trump's Afghanistan policy is confusing and unclear, even for his own officials.  His top general and his national security adviser are publicly battling over U.S. troop withdrawals in the country.
Discussion: New York Times and Alternet.org
Mary Spicuzza / eu.jsonline.com:
‘People are dying every night’: Staff at overwhelmed Wisconsin hospital urge people to take coronavirus seriously  —  Melissa Resch has helped coronavirus patients FaceTime their family members to say goodbye, then sat with them as they died.  —  David Eggman has listened to COVID-19 patients …
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Lindsey Graham's challenger, Jaime Harrison, has put S.C. back in play for Democrats  —  GOOSE CREEK, S.C. — Kenyatta Grimmage likes to talk politics with his customers during the 20 or so minutes it takes to give each of them a haircut at Howard's Barber Shop, which is Black-owned …
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump's case against Omarosa exposes another problem: Unpaid legal bills  —  Donald Trump's campaign wants Omarosa Manigault Newman to pay up for penning an incriminating tell-all book about the president in 2018.  But it's the Trump campaign that hasn't paid its bills.
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Trump ramps up rally strategy that may come with more risk than reward  —  WASHINGTON — In President Donald Trump's favored narrative of how elections are won and lost, the candidate who holds the most events with the biggest crowds wins.  —  “Every RALLY is BOFFO,” he said in a Monday tweet …
Discussion: The Rush Limbaugh Show and CNBC
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 …
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Ad Portrays Wealthy Tech Investor as Struggling Small Business Owner  —  Detroit heir made max contributions to Biden amid bar's coronavirus struggles  —  The struggling Michigan bar owner at the center of a Joe Biden campaign ad is actually a wealthy tech investor whose startup was seeded by a large family inheritance.
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed News:
A Woman In Her Thirties Died Of COVID-19 On A Plane  —  A woman in her thirties died of COVID-19 while she was on a plane about to take off from Arizona to Texas in July, officials said Sunday.  —  The woman — who was only identified as a resident of Garland, Texas …
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
Yahoo News/YouGov poll: The tide turns against Trump as Biden surges to his largest-ever lead among likely voters  —  With only two weeks left until Election Day, Joe Biden's lead over President Trump has widened to 11 percentage points — Biden's biggest margin among likely voters in any Yahoo News/YouGov poll to date.
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Scott Rasmussen / Political IQ:
“Never Trumpers” are key to Biden's Lead in the polls
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
New York Times:
The Real Divide in America Is Between Political Junkies and Everyone Else  —  Most Americans view politics as two camps bickering endlessly and fruitlessly over unimportant issues.  —  Ms. Krupnikov and Mr. Ryan teach political science at Stony Brook University.
Politico:
McCarthy locking up support despite fears of GOP losses  —  House Republicans face the possibility of sinking further into the minority on Nov. 3.  President Donald Trump is trailing in key polls.  But Kevin McCarthy is confident he'll remain House GOP leader in the next Congress.
 
 
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James Arkin / Politico:
Party-switcher puts Kansas Senate seat in play for Democrats
Discussion: The 19th and Raw Story
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Northam calls for VMI investigation after Black cadets describe relentless racism
Discussion: The Hill, Instapundit and WTOP
Wall Street Journal:
Nigerian Protesters Shut Down Africa's Largest City, Escalating Standoff With Government
Discussion: Al Jazeera
The American Conservative:
Trump Campaign Feels Cheated From Its Foreign Policy Debate
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact-checking Trump's dishonest weekend: The President made at least 66 false or misleading claims in three days
Discussion: WHDH-TV
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Senate panel delays vote to subpoena Twitter, Facebook CEOs as some Republicans waver
 Earlier Items: 
NBC New York:
Anthony Weiner Talks Political Past and Future
CNN:
Reagan's son: We have grifters in the White House
Discussion: Alternet.org
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
Auditor: Iowa misallocated at least $21 million in COVID-19 funds
Sakshi Venkatraman / NBC News:
Texas social workers can now turn away LGBTQ, disabled clients
Discussion: The Hill
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Fox News may be continuing to undermine Trump's reelection hopes
Discussion: Raw Story