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Catherine Shoard / The Guardian:
Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat film  —  Trump's personal attorney has indiscreet encounter with actor playing Borat's daughter in hotel room during pandemic  —  • This article contains spoilers about Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
How Rudy Giuliani Got Caught Red-Handed With Borat's Daughter  —  When Rudy Giuliani first revealed his run-in with Sacha Baron Cohen, he didn't mention the compromised position he was in when Borat burst into the room.  (Warning: Spoilers ahead.)  —  When the trailer for Borat Subsequent …
Sonia Saraiya / Vanity Fair:
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Brings Back Borat, With His Daughter in Tow  —  Sacha Baron Cohen reprises his most famous role, heckling Mike Pence and pranking Rudy Giuliani alongside excellent new sidekick Maria Bakalova.  —  The brilliance and the horror of Sacha Baron Cohen's oeuvre is what his gonzo comedy elicits in others.
Nikki Schwab / Daily Mail:
Rudy Giuliani was tricked by Sacha Baron Cohen into going to hotel room with 'Borat's daughter' and is shown lying back with his hand down his pants before actor bursts in on them  — President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani appears in the forthcoming ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’
Discussion: Vanity Fair, New York Post and GameSpot
QU Poll:
Texas In Play: Biden And Trump In A Dead Heat, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; In Pennsylvania, Biden's Lead Returns To Single Digits  —  In the home stretch of the 2020 presidential election campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden is in a tied race with President Donald Trump in the reliably red state …
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Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Takes Likely Voter Lead; Greenfield Maintains Narrow Senate Edge  —  Senior voters prefer the Democrat  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden has taken a small likely voter lead in the presidential race in Iowa, after Donald Trump had the edge in prior polls.
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Morin / USA Today:
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by 7 points in pivotal Pennsylvania … WASHINGTON — With less than two weeks until the Nov. 3 election, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania …
Jonathan Zimmerman / New York Daily News:
Jeffrey Toobin and the m-word: Let's be honest about what makes this scandal so scandalous  —  So let's suppose Jeffrey Toobin had been caught on camera having sex with a partner instead of touching himself.  Would he be the most mocked man in the United States right now?  —  Of course not.
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Vinay Menon / Toronto Star:
Horrified by Jeffrey Toobin's penis?  Put it away, for now  —  Just when the world needs him most, Jeffrey Toobin exposes himself on Zoom. … The U.S. election is less than three weeks away.  The Supreme Court is hurtling toward momentous change.  Legal analysts are the tour guides …
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 …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Alleged China-Fighter Donald Trump Has Secret Chinese Bank Account
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples  —  Pope Francis, in a new documentary, has called for the creation of civil union laws for same-sex couples, in what amounts to his clearest support to date for the issue.  —  In the documentary, according to the Catholic News Agency …
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
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Catholic News Agency:
Pope Francis calls for civil union law for same-sex couples, in shift from Vatican stance
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Meadows tempers expectations of Hunter Biden probe  —  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday attempted to temper expectations about a possible investigation into Hunter Biden, one day after President Trump urged the attorney general to launch a probe into his political rival's son.
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
McConnell urges White House not to make coronavirus deal with Pelosi
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Why A Surge In Republican Voter Registration Might Not Mean A Surge In Trump Support  —  In the past couple of weeks, key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have received a lot of attention because Republicans have seen a spike in voter registration numbers.
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Reuters:
These voters sat out in 2016. Now they could determine the next U.S. president
Discussion: Daily Kos
American Oversight:
Pompeo's Use of Personal Email While CIA Director Highlights State Department's Failure to Produce His Emails as Secretary  —  Last week, as the president dredged up his favorite accusations about Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised to release the former secretary's emails ahead of the November election.
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Mark Meadows' FEC filings raise questions of unlawful spending, campaign coordination  —  The White House chief of staff quit Congress in March — but his campaign kept on racking up dubious expenses  —  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reported spending tens of thousands of dollars through …
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Trump's business appears to have cut Matt Gaetz a RNC hotel discount that went unreported to the FEC
Discussion: The Root and 1100 Pennsylvania
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
51% of Voters Now Back Barrett's Confirmation, Most Support Ever for a Trump Supreme Court Nominee  —  Slim majority, including 32% of Democrats and 44% of independents, supports confirming Amy Coney Barrett  —  Last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings provided a high-profile opportunity …
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Keith E. Whittington / Newsweek:
Why the Supreme Court has Nine Justices
Discussion: Vox
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham wants to review ActBlue's source of small-dollar contributions  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has seen a tsunami of Democratic small-dollar donations flood the South Carolina Senate race, says the sources of the massive amounts of money flowing through ActBlue …
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
What is The Cook Political Report?  —  The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections and campaigns for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, Governors and President as well as American political trends.
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
A man in Maryland was arrested and charged with threatening to kidnap and kill Biden and Harris.  —  A man in Maryland has been arrested on charges that he threatened to kidnap and kill Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee, and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.
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Patrick Ruffini / Echelon Indicators:
America is Headed for Record Turnout.  Here's What That Looks Like.  —  U.S. general election turnout is likely to break through 150 million votes for the first time in history.  Based on our turnout modeling for the general election, we at Echelon Insights think it will be 157 million.
Associated Press:
US officials: OxyContin maker to plead to 3 criminal charges  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement …
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George Will / Washington Post:
Trump will end his presidency as he began it: Whining  —  As the Donald Trump parenthesis in the republic's history closes, he is opening the sluices on his reservoir of invectives and self-pity.  A practitioner of crybaby conservatism — no one, he thinks, has suffered so much since Job lost …
USA Today:
19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.  Here's what their stories have in common.  —  Allegations of women who've accused Trump of non-consensual sexual contact share many details, from forced kisses to where it took place.  —  Today, writer E. Jean Carroll goes to court in a unique case …
Associated Press:
Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies  —  Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren't welcome in the classroom.
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump the dancer?  His moves to ‘YMCA’ at rallies are a hit  —  TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — He adjusts his coat.  He gazes out at the crowd.  And then he goes for it.  —  President Donald Trump, a man who is famously particular about his appearance, is fully embracing doing a dad dance to the Village People's …
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
‘Not a fair fight’: In Kansas, GOP frustrated as money rolls in for Democrat and Senate race tightens  —  TONGANOXIE, Kan. — In any other year, Rep. Roger Marshall would have been a slam dunk to fill the state's open Senate seat, held by Republicans since 1932.
Discussion: Raw Story, DSCC and The 19th
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Biden Has Narrow Lead in Iowa, and Senate Race Is Tight, Poll Shows  —  The New York Times / Siena College poll  —  Joe Biden holds a slim lead over Donald Trump in Iowa, a state Mr. Trump flipped in 2016.  —  2016 result  —  NYT/Siena  —  +9 Trump  —  51-42  —  +3 Biden  —  46-43
Discussion: The Hill and The Nation
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 …
FiveThirtyEight:
Explore The Ways Trump Or Biden Could Win The Election  —  Pick the winner of each state to see how FiveThirtyEight's presidential forecast would change.  —  2020 election forecast How our forecast works  —  Key StatesAll States … Reset  —  Candidates can't be selected if they start off …
The Daily Beast:
Cybersecurity Consultant Was Outed for Ties to Moscow, So Why Is He Meeting Top Trump Officials in D.C.?  —  A German cybersecurity expert caused a scandal at home for taking part in a Russian influence operation.  So what's he doing meeting with security officials in the Trump admin?
Discussion: Alternet.org and Raw Story
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
CDC expands definition of who is a ‘close contact’ of an individual with covid-19  —  More people likely to be considered at risk for transmission, experts said  —  Federal health officials issued new guidance on Wednesday that greatly expands the pool of people considered at risk of contracting …
Discussion: WTOP and STAT
Anya Kamenetz / NPR:
Are The Risks Of Reopening Schools Exaggerated?  —  Despite widespread concerns, two new international studies show no consistent relationship between in-person K-12 schooling and the spread of coronavirus.  And a third study from the United States shows no elevated risk to childcare workers who stayed on the job.
Discussion: Twitchy and TheBlaze
Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Around Atlanta, Many White Suburbanites Are Sticking With Trump  —  Nationwide, such voters are tilting toward Biden.  But in Georgia, the president's law-and-order message seems to be keeping the bulk of them in his column.  —  Natalie Pontius is an interior decorator, married with two children and a University of Georgia alumna.
Discussion: Boston.com, The Hill and The Week
Ryan Deto / Pennsylvania Capital-Star:
SWPa. billboard accusing Biden of dementia misspells ... dementia  —  A roadside billboard in Fayette County repeating a Republican accusation that Democratic nominee presidential Joe Biden suffers from diminished mental capacity has a deficiency of its own: A whopper of a spelling error.
Alex Nester / Washington Free Beacon:
Ocasio-Cortez Teams Up With Activist Who Said ‘America Deserved 9/11’  —  Hasan Piker, a vlogger who last year said “America deserved 9/11,” organized an online live streaming event last night with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) to energize young people to get out and vote.
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
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The Daily Beast:
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Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Axios
Graeme Bruce / YouGov:
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: Alternet.org
Nancy Cook / Politico:
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