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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 …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani Claims Borat ‘Hit Job’ Is Retaliation for Hunter Biden Attack  —  Rudy Giuliani is defending himself against allegations of inappropriate behavior in the new ‘Borat’ sequel by claiming he was just tucking his shirt in.  —  Rudy Giuliani issued his first public defense …
Discussion: Mediaite, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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’
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.
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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.
CNN:
CNN Polls: Biden leads in Pennsylvania and tight race remains in Florida  —  (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a lead in Pennsylvania and neither he nor President Donald Trump leads in the critical state of Florida, according to new CNN polls conducted by SSRS.
Discussion: WISH-TV
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Biden Has Narrow Lead in Iowa, and Senate Race Is Tight, Poll Shows
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Polls show Biden and Trump deadlocked in Texas, Biden up by 8 in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
The stunning hypocrisy of the Trump family's attacks on Hunter Biden  —  Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump in London in June 2019.  Manden Ngan/AFP via Getty Images  —  If there's any family that should sit out attacking others for alleged corruption, it's the Trumps.
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New York Times:
How Trump and Biden Are Gearing Up for the Last Presidential Debate  —  The president's advisers want him to present an affirmative vision for the country.  Joe Biden's team is bracing for ugly attacks.  —  Three weeks after a debate spectacle defined by heckling and sharply personal attacks …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate Democrats to boycott Barrett's Judiciary Committee vote Thursday  —  Senate Democrats plan to boycott Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's Judiciary Committee vote Thursday in an act of protest, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday.
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American Greatness:
Why On Earth Would You Vote Democrat?
Discussion: The Hill
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
51% of Voters Now Back Barrett's Confirmation, Most Support Ever for a Trump Supreme Court Nominee
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
Discussion: Law & Crime and Twitchy
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
Nasa to make major announcement of ‘exciting news’ about the moon  —  Flying observatory that made new discovery is able to ‘pick up phenomenon impossible to see with visible light’, space agency notes  —  Nasa will hold a major event to announce an “exciting new discovery” about the Moon, it has said.
Discussion: Deseret News
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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Patricia Kelly Yeo / The Daily Beast:   Mark Meadows' Campaign Spent $75K on Cupcakes, Jewelry, Meals After He Quit Congress: Report
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.
New York Times:
Ex-Spy Was Central to Project Veritas Hiring Effort, Testimony Shows  —  A British former intelligence officer was said to have recruited and interviewed potential hires as the conservative group sought to have former spies train employees.  —  WASHINGTON — A British former spy recruited by Erik Prince …
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 …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wall Street donors keep their distance from cash-strapped Trump in campaign's final days  — President Donald Trump is apparently no longer considered a worthy investment for several prominent Republicans and conservatives in the finance community.  — People in the industry gave $20 million to back Trump in 2016.
Discussion: Raw Story and New Republic
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Foreign Policy and Boston.com
Mother Jones:
Facebook Manipulated the News You See to Appease Republicans, Insiders Say  —  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.  —  Near the close of the first year of the Trump presidency, executives at Facebook …
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.
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
The Marine Corps is investigating a deployed machine-gunner who seems to be a Nazi fanboy  —  More than two dozen Marines have been investigated over extremist or racist ties since 2017, including at least one officer.  —  The Marine Corps is investigating a deployed machine-gunner …
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: The Hill, Raw Story, DSCC and The 19th
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Luke Barr / ABC News:
Florida sheriffs, FBI investigating emails threatening voters  —  The messages appear to have been sent from outside the U.S.  —  Florida law enforcement and the FBI are investigating threatening emails allegedly sent from outside the United States to registered Democrats.
Discussion: Politico
Simon Marks / Washington Post:
Foreign correspondents in the United States aren't the enemy  —  Simon Marks is president and chief correspondent of Feature Story News, a global news agency covering events in the United States for broadcasters worldwide.  —  For foreign journalists based in Washington …
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
Biden Campaign Takes Down Ad After Struggling Bar Owner Revealed As Wealthy Tech Investor  —  Joe Biden's presidential campaign took down an ad from its YouTube channel featuring a Michigan bar owner saying his business may fail because of President Donald Trump's COVID-19 response who was revealed to be a wealthy tech investor.
Jordan Davidson / The Federalist:
CNN's Brian Stelter Destroyed By Washington Examiner's Susan Ferrechio Over Biden Email Scandal  —  The Washington Examiner's Susan Ferrechio slammed Brian Stelter and CNN for their lack of coverage of the Joe and Hunter Biden bombshell story on Wednesday as well as their overall double standard and lack of journalistic ethics.
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 …
 
 
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Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. weighs labeling leading human rights groups ‘anti-Semitic’
Hannah Gilberstadt / Pew Research Center:
Large Shares of Voters Plan To Vote a Straight Party Ticket for President, Senate and House
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
She's Evangelical, ‘Pro-Life’ and Voting for Biden
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Suspect in killing of Houston police sergeant is in United States illegally, ICE says
Discussion: The Hill
Talia Kaplan / Fox Business:
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Discussion: Breitbart, The Daily Caller and CNN
Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Mason-Dixon poll shows McConnell with 9-point lead over McGrath in Kentucky Senate race
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
How Trump Should Approach the Final Debate
Discussion: American Greatness, Slate and The Hill
The Daily Beast:
White Supremacist Had List of Feds to Kill and Doxx: Unsealed File
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Maryland man charged with threatening Biden, Harris in letter on supporter's doorstep
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Al Jazeera
Associated Press:
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New York Times:
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