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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 …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Daily Beast and GameSpot
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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: New York Times and Politico
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
Rebecca Morin / USA Today:
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by 7 points in pivotal Pennsylvania
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Biden Has Narrow Lead in Iowa, and Senate Race Is Tight, Poll Shows
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime, Twitchy and Fox News
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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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.
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: Mediaite and National Review
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Catholic News Agency:
Pope Francis calls for civil union law for same-sex couples, in shift from Vatican stance
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: New Republic
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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: Politico and Daily Kos
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Maryland man charged with threatening Biden, Harris in letter on supporter's doorstep  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Maryland man with threatening Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris in a letter left on the doorstep …
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Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
A Biden Landslide?  Some Democrats Can't Help Whispering  —  Democrats are still haunted by the ghosts of 2016.  But some are allowing themselves to contemplate a Biden victory big enough to reorder the nation's politics.  —  MACON, Ga. — President Trump held a rally in Georgia on Friday …
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Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Around Atlanta, Many White Suburbanites Are Sticking With Trump
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Senate Democrats block GOP's $500 billion coronavirus aid bill as Pelosi-Mnuchin talks continue  — Senate Democrats block a $500 billion GOP coronavirus relief bill as Nancy Pelosi and Steven Mnuchin continue talks toward a comprehensive deal.  — While the sides are citing progress …
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
McConnell urges White House not to make coronavirus deal with Pelosi
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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: 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.
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
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.
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 …
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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Talia Kaplan / Fox Business:
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