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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 …
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Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Jeffrey Toobin Suspended From The New Yorker For Reportedly Masturbating During Staff Zoom Call (UPDATE)
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?  —  ‘CRACK AND SEX STUFF’  —  Some Republicans fear that far from aiding the president, Giuliani's attacks on Hunter Biden will backfire.  —  As President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani attempts to alter the course …
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: Fox News Passed on Hunter Biden Laptop Story Over Credibility Concerns  —  Mediaite has learned that Fox News was first approached by Rudy Giuliani to report on a tranche of files alleged to have come from Hunter Biden's unclaimed laptop left at a Delaware computer repair shop …
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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Associated Press:
Supreme Court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballot counting  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea.  —  The justices divided 4-4 Monday, an outcome that upholds …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
In a 4-4 Split, the Supreme Court Lets Pennsylvania Make Voting Easier—for Now
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
Axios:
Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP request to limit mail-in voting
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Says Trump's Denial of Rape Accusation Was an Official Act  —  The writer E. Jean Carroll sued the president for defamation after he denied sexually assaulting her in the 1990s.  Now the government wants to defend him.  —  The Justice Department said on Monday that President …
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: Mediaite
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
The American Conservative:
Trump Campaign Feels Cheated From Its Foreign Policy Debate  —  The president's campaign issued a complaint Monday over the last debate's topics.  The closing exchange traditionally focused near exclusively on foreign policy.  —  The Trump campaign is formally protesting the topics …
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New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Dismisses Fauci as a ‘Disaster’ in Call With Campaign Staff
Dan Merica / CNN:
Debate commission to mute candidates during their opponent's initial responses to prevent interruptions
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Fox News may be continuing to undermine Trump's reelection hopes  —  If President Trump does end up losing reelection, one big area that will be ripe for an autopsy is the role that Fox News played in making that happen.  —  A mammoth new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:   Meet Arnon Mishkin, the Fox News analyst who will call the winner of the election
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   The stunning extent to which Trumpism is centered among Fox News-watching Republicans
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
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Rush Limbaugh on lung cancer: 'Days where I do not think I'm under a death sentence are over'  —  Conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh told listeners Monday that he can no longer deny he's “under a death sentence” due to the progression of his stage 4 lung cancer.
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
ExxonMobil on Trump's hypothetical phone call: “It never happened”  —  ExxonMobil issued a statement Monday denying anyone from the company had spoken with President Trump after he used the firm as an example of how he could use his position to out-raise his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
Inside the empty promises and empty buildings of Wisconn Valley.  —  THE 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD*  —  *wonder not guaranteed  —  HOPES WERE HIGH  —  among the employees who joined Foxconn's Wisconsin project in the summer of 2018.  In June, President Donald Trump had broken ground …
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 …
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
Auditor: Iowa misallocated at least $21 million in COVID-19 funds  —  Iowa's government misallocated at least $21 million of federal assistance intended for COVID-19 relief and must correct the error by the end of the year or face having to repay the money, State Auditor Rob Sand says.
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
Sarah Longwell / The Atlantic:
Why People Who Hate Trump Stick With Him  —  President Donald Trump is losing to former Vice President Joe Biden by more than 10 percentage points in both the Real Clear Politics and FiveThirtyEight national polling averages.  This historically large margin suggests that something amazing has happened …
NBC New York:
Anthony Weiner Talks Political Past and Future  —  Anthony Weiner is turning a new leaf and jumping back into professional life.  Andrew Siff shares an exclusive interview with the former congressman.
Eyal Press / New Yorker:
Trump's Labor Secretary Is a Wrecking Ball Aimed at Workers  —  As Election Day looms, Eugene Scalia, a cunning lawyer committed to dismantling regulation, is weakening one employee protection after another.  —  On February 24, 2010, during a show at SeaWorld Orlando, a trainer named Dawn Brancheau …
AJC:
AJC 2020 Survey of American Jewish Opinion  —  Results from AJC's 2020 Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted by the research company SSRS, is based on telephone interviews carried out September 9 - October 4, 2020, with a national sample of 1,334 Jews over age 18.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact-checking Trump's dishonest weekend: The President made at least 66 false or misleading claims in three days  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's dishonesty is getting worse.  —  Trump has been reliably deceptive for his entire presidency, filling his speeches and tweets with lies and other false statements.
Discussion: WHDH-TV and Political Wire
Washington Post:
U.S. charges Russian intelligence officers in several high-profile cyberattacks  —  The United States on Monday unsealed criminal charges against six Russian intelligence officers in connection with some of the world's most damaging cyberattacks, including disruption of Ukraine's power grid …
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Six Russian GRU Officers Charged in Connection with Worldwide Deployment of Destructive Malware and Other Disruptive Actions in Cyberspace
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Senate panel delays vote to subpoena Twitter, Facebook CEOs as some Republicans waver  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday postponed plans to vote on subpoenas to compel the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to testify on allegations of anti-conservative bias after some panel Republicans expressed reservation about the maneuver.
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
The Constitution Is the Crisis  —  It is an almost entirely foregone conclusion that Amy Coney Barrett will be seated on the Supreme Court, cementing a 6-3 conservative majority that will serve as an obstacle to Joe Biden's policy agenda should he and the Democratic Party win full control of government in November.
Sakshi Venkatraman / NBC News:
Texas social workers can now turn away LGBTQ, disabled clients  —  Texas social workers can now turn away LGBTQ clients and those with a disability.  —  The state Board of Social Work Examiners voted unanimously to change a section of its code of conduct last week following a recommendation …
Discussion: The Hill
Eric Westervelt / NPR:
Removing Cops From Behavioral Crisis Calls: ‘We Need To Change The Model’  —  Toggle more options  —  In what will be among the largest and boldest urban police reform experiment in decades San Francisco is creating and preparing to deploy teams of professionals from the fire and health departments …
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Gowdy on Republicans leery of ‘debt and deficits’: ‘2024 is only four years away’  —  Fox News contributor tells ‘Daily Briefing’ any agreement between Pelosi, Mnuchin ‘is dead’ in Senate  —  Pelosi sets 48-hour deadline for any preelection COVID relief bill
Discussion: Politico, The Hill, Roll Call and Forbes
 
 
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Jacob Bunge / Wall Street Journal:
Farmers Stick With Trump, Despite Trade-War Pain
Discussion: Townhall
Hayes Brown / MSNBC:
Republicans are ready to remember they hate the deficit again under Joe Biden
Discussion: Alternet.org and Roll Call
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
Facebook workers ‘ashamed’ by tech giant's censorship of Post's Hunter Files reporting
Associated Press:
Group offers churches $6-a-ballot to help people vote early
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Joe Biden / Arizona Republic:
Arizonans are hurting. Here's my plan to help them as president
CNN:
Reagan's son: We have grifters in the White House
Discussion: Alternet.org
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Lobbyists begin to prepare for a potential Biden presidency
Sid Garcia / ABC7:
Fire intentionally set inside ballot box in Baldwin Park, officials say
Discussion: Newsweek and Breitbart
Politico:
Donald Trump has a problem: White women in Pennsylvania
Alex Zidel / HotNewHipHop.com:
50 Cent Endorses Donald Trump For President
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Republican Voters Take a Radical Conspiracy Theory Mainstream
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Mark Warner keeps his head down on way to the election — and a possible Intel gavel
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Surprising Results in Initial Virus Testing in N.Y.C. Schools
Discussion: Gothamist, Vox and The Hill