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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
There's Already a Corrupt Presidential Kid.  It's Ivanka.  —  As the right races manically to pin whatever it can on Joe Biden's son, let's not forget who's actually made millions while in the White House.  —  BEAST INSIDE … The closing arguments of the 2020 campaign can be summed up as …
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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
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.”
Sara Fischer / Axios:
USA Today breaks tradition by endorsing Joe Biden
Discussion: The Guardian, Fox News and The Week
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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U.S. Department of Justice:
Statement of the Attorney General on the Announcement Of Civil Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against Google
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Bill Barr and Elizabeth Warren find a common enemy: Google
Discussion: The Guardian
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 and Raw Story
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
Axios:
NY Post story goes massive on social media despite crackdowns  —  Facebook and Twitter's frantic attempts to stop the spread of the New York Post's Hunter Biden story didn't prevent the article from becoming the top story about the election on those platforms last week, according to data from NewsWhip.
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Fox News:
Trump urges Barr to ‘act fast,’ ‘appoint somebody’ to probe Hunter Biden business dealings
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Disinformation, mainstream media style
Discussion: Fox News
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
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
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.
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 …
Michelangelo Signorile / The Signorile Report:
Trump is a threat to democracy — even if he loses  —  He's clinging tight to his base in case he doesn't win re-election.  He'll be further unleashed and dangerous.  —  3 hr … Here we've been for almost four years, worried that Donald Trump will destroy us if he wins re-election in two weeks.
Discussion: WTOP and Associated Press
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
What Kristen Welker can learn from Savannah Guthrie about dealing with Trump  —  Savannah Guthrie brought her A game to last week's NBC town hall with President Trump.  She pushed back, she interrupted, she fact-checked in real time and she gave as good as she got — even providing the sound bite …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Forbes
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: Raw Story and The 19th
The Daily Beast:
Does Rudy Giuliani Have an Ounce of Pride Left?  —  In this episode of The New Abnormal, Rick and Molly evaluate Rudy Giuliani's integrity (or lack thereof) and talk to his daughter, Caroline, about her choice to vote for Biden.  —  Rick Wilson spent years working for Rudy Giuliani.
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The Daily Beast:
Even Parts of Trumpworld Are Like: Rudy, WTF Are You Doing?
Discussion: Fox News 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
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)
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 …
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.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Tim Alberta / Politico:
2 More Funny Feelings About 2020  —  President Donald Trump has settled on a closing message of downplaying the coronavirus, lacerating the media and contemplating aloud how it came to be that he could lose to Joe Biden—and whether he might self-exile from America because of it.
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 …
Joe Sneve / Argus Leader:
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump taps 2016 brain trust to stage another stunner in 2020  —  The calls come at all hours.  —  Donald Trump — confronting grim poll numbers and the increasingly real possibility of becoming a one-term president — has been burning up the phone lines to the people who got him to the White House.
Discussion: Raw 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.
CNN:
A timeline of Trump's claims that Covid-19 will vanish  —  In his first speech after his hospitalization for Covid-19, President Donald Trump stood on a White House balcony on October 10 and made a grand declaration about the coronavirus: “It's going to disappear.  It is disappearing.”
Discussion: Raw Story and WHDH-TV
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.
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 …
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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Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Guardian and Just The News
Joe Biden / Tampa Bay Times:
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American Greatness:
How Big Tech Masks COVID-19 Realities
Discussion: Washington Post
Axios:
Biden overtakes Trump in engagement per Twitter post
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
The Big Role That Big Donors Still Play, Quietly, for Joe Biden
 Earlier Items: 
Margaret Talev / Axios:
Axios-Ipsos poll: Trump's sickness makes him harder to trust
Discussion: Political Wire
Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Trump ramps up rally strategy that may come with more risk than reward
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump's case against Omarosa exposes another problem: Unpaid legal bills
Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Lindsey Graham's challenger, Jaime Harrison, has put S.C. back in play for Democrats
Discussion: IJR and The Hill
Politico:
McCarthy locking up support despite fears of GOP losses
Discussion: The Hill