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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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New York Times:
McConnell Moves to Head Off Stimulus Deal as Pelosi Reports Progress  —  The top Senate Republican told colleagues that he had advised the White House against striking a pre-election deal with Democrats to deliver pandemic aid, fearing political repercussions.
Washington Post:
McConnell warns White House against making stimulus deal as Pelosi and Mnuchin inch closer
Politico:
Trump's cash woes mount as Biden laps him  —  President Donald Trump's campaign finance problems are even worse than they looked a few weeks ago.  —  Joe Biden's campaign outraised Trump's by an eye-catching $200 million in September and started October with $177 million in the bank.
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and IJR
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Politico:
Bloomberg knocks Trump back on his heels in Florida  —  Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's $100 million investment in Florida to defeat Donald Trump is recasting the presidential contest in the president's must-win state, forcing his campaign to spend big to shore up his position and freeing …
Washington Post:
Biden's campaign committee entered October with nearly triple the cash haul of Trump's campaign, new filings show
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh, The Hill and GOP.com
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI says it has ‘nothing to add’ to Ratcliffe's remarks about Hunter Biden, Russian disinformation  —  The FBI notified Congress late Tuesday that it has “nothing to add at this time” to a statement made by President Trump's director of national intelligence disputing the idea that Russia orchestrated …
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New York Times:
Trump cuts a ‘60 Minutes’ interview short, and then taunts Lesley Stahl on Twitter.  —  President Trump abruptly cut off an interview with the “60 Minutes” star Lesley Stahl at the White House on Tuesday and then taunted her on Twitter, posting a short behind-the-scenes video of her at the taping …
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CNN:
Trump abruptly ends ‘60 Minutes’ interview before taping joint appearance with Pence
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 …
Rick Linsk / Reuters:
Lawyers spurn Trump campaign in individual donations, including from Jones Day  —  (Reuters) - Lawyers at Jones Day, which has earned millions as outside counsel to U.S. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, have donated nearly $90,000 to the campaign committee of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden.
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Associated Press:
Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden prepping for debate  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hopping from one must-win stop on the electoral map to the next in the leadup to a final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign.
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CNN:
Election officials in at least two states contact law enforcement after threatening emails sent to voters  —  (CNN)Elections officials in Florida and Alaska contacted law enforcement Tuesday after registered voters reported receiving threatening emails that said, “Vote for Trump or else!”
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Ohio Capital Journal
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Administration officials alarmed by White House push to fast track lucrative 5G spectrum contract, sources say  —  Washington (CNN)Senior officials throughout various departments and agencies of the Trump administration tell CNN they are alarmed at White House pressure to grant what would essentially …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's 2020 cure-all: Rallies, rallies and more rallies  —  President Donald Trump yearns for the magic of his 2016 upstart campaign: the multi-rally days, crisscrossing the country in a Trump-branded plane, the screaming crowds.  —  So he's designed a 2016 redux in 2020 to recapture that spirit …
Discussion: Reuters and Raw Story
Heather Perlberg / Bloomberg:
Apollo Board to Examine Leon Black's Ties to Jeffrey Epstein  — Black asked board panel to review dealings at regular meeting  — Board members tapped law firm Dechert to conduct interviews  —  Apollo Global Management Inc. board members are investigating co-founder Leon Black's ties …
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Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
Apollo Board Panel to Review Leon Black's Ties With Jeffrey Epstein
Discussion: New York Times
NBC News:
Lawyers say they can't find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by Trump administration … WASHINGTON — Lawyers appointed by a federal judge to identify migrant families who were separated by the Trump administration say that they have yet to track down the parents of 545 children …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
“If There Is Another Tick Down, It's a Total Bloodbath”: How Trump's Self-Destructive Candidacy Could Blow Up the Electoral Map  —  Democrats' massive fundraising, downballot energy, and seniors turning against Trump signal a potential blue-wave election with unexpected flips.
Washington Post:
Republicans, it's time to choose between autocracy and a republic  —  Republicans Reed Galen, Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson are co-founders of the Lincoln Project.  Stuart Stevens is a senior adviser to the Lincoln Project.  —  This is for the many men and women in Washington with whom we have worked over the past 30-plus years.
Politico:
White House looks at cutting Covid funds, newborn screenings in ‘anarchist’ cities  —  The White House is considering slashing millions of dollars for coronavirus relief, HIV treatment, screenings for newborns and other programs in Democratic-led cities that President Donald Trump has deemed …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Axios:
Louisville officer: “Breonna Taylor would be alive” if we had served no-knock warrant  —  Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, the Louisville officer who led the botched police raid that caused the death of Breonna Taylor, said the No. 1 thing he wishes he had done differently is either served a “no-knock” …
Graeme Bruce / YouGov:
Half of Trump's supporters think top Democrats are involved in child sex-trafficking  —  After President Donald Trump said during his town hall last week that he had never heard of QAnon, a new Yahoo News/YouGov Poll shows just how deep the conspiracy theory has penetrated the consciousness of the voting public.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Republicans learn the benefits of diversity ... the hard way  —  Hardly any of the Republicans most likely to pick up House seats are white men.  It's a reminder that the party desperately needs to diversify its caucus before it can win back control of Congress.  —  ADD TO BRIEFCASE
Discussion: The Hill and NPR
John C. Danforth / Washington Post:
Trump's attack on the debate commission is an attack on the election itself  —  John C. Danforth, a Republican, represented Missouri in the U.S. Senate for three terms and has served on the Commission on Presidential Debates since 1994.  —  Like all members of the Commission on Presidential Debates …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Hundreds of Thousands of Voters Do Everything Right—Then Get Their Ballots Discarded  —  The process—which one expert described as “witchcraft”—could lead to thousands of legitimate ballots being thrown out.  —  Staff writer at The Atlantic  —  George mangeni registered to vote as soon as he became a U.S. citizen in 2015.
Haris Alic / Breitbart:
Joe Biden Sought ‘Grand Bargain’ to Reduce Deficit Through Cuts to Social Security  —  Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, worked to forge a “grand bargain” with congressional Republicans on deficit reduction during the Obama years.  As part of the effort, the former vice president …
 
 
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Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Why A Surge In Republican Voter Registration Might Not Mean A Surge In Trump Support
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
What a Big Biden Win Would Look Like
ABC News:
The Note: Why Obama still matters to both Biden and Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
LeBron James on Black Voter Participation, Misinformation and Trump
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
American Greatness:
Trump Closes Gap In Iowa; Race Now Tied
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
DeVos says it isn't Department of Education's job to track schools' coronavirus reopening plans
Joshua Klein / Breitbart:
Former Clinton Aide Behind Calls for Investigation Following Pompeo Pledge to Release Hillary Emails
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Documents in Ghislaine Maxwell criminal case expected to be released by Thursday
Discussion: NBC New York
Washington Free Beacon:
WATCH: Unhinged Joe Biden Attacks the Free Press, Democracy Itself
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Everyone's Playing Among Us
Discussion: Slate, Axios, New York Post and Fox News
John Sipher / New York Times:
The Intelligence Director Who Is Undermining Trust and Truth
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How ‘Spygate’ Attacks Fizzled
Bloomberg:
Biden Looking to Longtime Aide Ron Klain for Chief of Staff