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11:35 AM ET, October 20, 2020

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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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Fox News:
Trump urges Barr to ‘act fast,’ ‘appoint somebody’ to probe Hunter Biden business dealings  —  Trump says Barr should look into ‘laptop from hell,’ claims Biden got kickback and ‘everyone knows it’  —  President Trump on allegations against Hunter Biden: AG must ‘act fast’
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
There's Already a Corrupt Presidential Kid. It's Ivanka.
Discussion: Washington Post and Alternet.org
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
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 …
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New York Times:
U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly  —  A victory for the government could remake one of America's most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department accused Google of maintaining an illegal monopoly …
Peter Kafka / Vox:   Bill Barr and Elizabeth Warren find a common enemy: Google
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: Raw Story and Fox News
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
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.
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
Discussion: Electronics Ward 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, Forbes and IJR
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CNN:
Former RNC chairman endorses Biden with two weeks left in the election
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 …
Discussion: National Review, Townhall, The Hill and UPI
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court denies GOP request to stop extended deadline for mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania, a key state for Trump
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.
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
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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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Trump's “Eighth Wonder Of The World” is a few empty buildings  —  U.S. President Donald Trump (C) speaks as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (L) and Foxconn CEO Terry Gou look on at the groundbreaking for the Foxconn Technology Group computer screen plant on June 28, 2018 in Mt Pleasant, Wisconsin (Photo by Andy Manis/Getty Images)
James Arkin / Politico:
Party-switcher puts Kansas Senate seat in play for Democrats  —  SALINA, Kan. — Kansas Senate candidate Barbara Bollier was a life-long Republican, but in 2018 she decided she'd had enough: Fed up by the party's lurch to the right in Washington and Topeka, the 62-year-old state legislator divorced the GOP and became a Democrat.
Discussion: The 19th and Raw Story
Renée DiResta / The Atlantic:
The Right's Disinformation Machine Is Getting Ready for Trump to Lose  —  Whether President Donald Trump wins or loses, some version of QAnon is going to survive the election.  On the day of the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, the individual or group known as “Q” sent out a flurry of posts.
Discussion: Rapid Response
Associated Press:
Protest arrests show regular Americans, not urban antifa  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump portrays the hundreds of people arrested nationwide in protests against racial injustice as violent urban left-wing radicals.  But an Associated Press review of thousands of pages of court documents tell a different story.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Fortune
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Karem / The Bulwark:
The Donald Trump Show Must Go On  —  The madness continues on the campaign trail.  —  I once went hunting with my uncle as a young man.  During our walk through the woods we encountered a raccoon that had become enmeshed in a small length of rusty barbed wire.
Discussion: Raw Story, UPI and NBC News
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Volunteers in London to Be Infected With Coronavirus in Vaccine Study  —  Researchers in London are planning the world's first effort to study how people immunized with different vaccines respond to exposure to the virus.  —  RIGHT NOW Ireland to become the first European country to reimpose a national lockdown.
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Some communities in Wisconsin have already surpassed half their 2016 turnout, more than two weeks before Election Day  —  | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Show Caption Hide Caption … During an explosion of absentee voting this fall, some Wisconsin communities have already exceeded half …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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American Greatness:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump taps 2016 brain trust to stage another stunner in 2020
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
Biden draws more online engagement as election draws near
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Biden Protection Racket
Wall Street Journal:
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The Big Role That Big Donors Still Play, Quietly, for Joe Biden
 Earlier Items: 
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Trump ramps up rally strategy that may come with more risk than reward
New York Times:
The Real Divide in America Is Between Political Junkies and Everyone Else
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump's case against Omarosa exposes another problem: Unpaid legal bills
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Politico:
McCarthy locking up support despite fears of GOP losses
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
McMaster says Trump's Taliban deal is Munich-like appeasement
Discussion: New York Times and Alternet.org