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10:10 PM ET, October 21, 2020

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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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Simon Shuster / TIME:
Exclusive: Alleged Hunter Biden Emails Circulated in Ukraine as Rudy Giuliani Dug for Dirt There Last Year  —  Explicit photos and emails purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden were circulating in Ukraine last year at the same time that Rudy Giuliani was searching for dirt …
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’
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump weighs firing FBI director after election as frustration with Wray, Barr grows  —  President Trump and his advisers have repeatedly discussed whether to fire FBI Director Christopher A. Wray after Election Day — a scenario that also could imperil the tenure of Attorney General William P. Barr …
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Fox News:
Laptop connected to Hunter Biden linked to FBI money laundering probe  —  It is unclear, at this point, whether the investigation is ongoing or if it was directly related to Hunter Biden  —  FBI, DOJ agree Hunter Biden emails were not Russia disinformation
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.
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Washington Post:
Why Mitch McConnell is trying to kill a big stimulus before the election
Associated Press:
Democrats to boycott Barrett vote at Senate Judiciary
Chris Christie / Wall Street Journal:
I Should Have Worn a Mask  —  It's not a partisan or cultural symbol, not a sign of weakness or virtue.  —  For seven months I was very careful about mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.  As someone with asthma, I knew I faced heightened risk.
CNN:
Feds say Russia and Iran have interfered with the presidential election  —  (CNN)Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Wednesday both Iran and Russia have obtained US voter registration information in an effort to interfere in the election, including Iran posing …
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Obama: Trump emboldens people to be “cruel and divisive and racist”  —  In his first campaign rally appearance on behalf of Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama urged Americans to vote, saying “we can't afford another four years” of a Trump presidency.  —  Why it matters via Axios' Hans Nichols …
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CNN:
Obama delivers a blistering rebuke of Trump in his return to the campaign trail
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. weighs labeling leading human rights groups ‘anti-Semitic’  —  The Trump administration is considering declaring that several prominent international NGOs — including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam — are anti-Semitic and that governments should not support them, two people familiar with the issue said.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hamodia
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John Hudson / Washington Post:
Trump administration considers labeling top humanitarian groups ‘anti-Semitic’
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Week That Shook the Trump Campaign  —  Polls show that Trump has only partly recovered from his performance in the first debate and his management of the coronavirus at the White House  —  WASHINGTON—In the days after the first debate Sept. 29 between President …
Discussion: Washington Times
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
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: Twitchy and Law & Crime
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Trump envoy Richard Grenell met with Venezuelan politician in bid to oust Maduro: report  —  It's unclear whether the meeting was authorized.  —  Ric Grenell: Career intelligence officials lied to the American people  —  Richard Grenell, the Trump administration's special envoy for Serbia …
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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 …
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
Politico:
The news media helps Trump avoid the stench of death  —  As President Donald Trump heads into his final sprint to Election Day, nearly every news report notes that he is running behind in the polls.  Journalists aren't shying away from describing his wilder rhetoric as “studded with lies and falsehoods.”
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump gains in Ohio, Biden ahead in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  —  Donald Trump holds a narrow advantage in Ohio, while voters in the three battleground states that put him over the top in 2016 prefer Joe Biden  —  How the campaigns are preparing for presidential debate changes
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.
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 …
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.
Kyle Smith / National Review:
A Bizarre and Revealing Biden Interview  —  William Voegeli of the Claremont Review of Books brought up a strange Joe Biden interview from 1974 I hadn't seen before in which Biden emerges as arrogant and determined to make more money, one way or another.  Biden also speaks of his first wife Neilia …
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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.
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
Supreme Court puts curbside voting on hold in Alabama  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday put on hold a lower court order that would have permitted curbside voting in Alabama in November.  —  The justices' vote was 5-3, with the court's three liberals dissenting.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
 
 
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ICE:
ICE implements July 23, 2019 expedited removal designation
Discussion: Mother Jones
Slate:
How to Survive Election Night
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
Washington Post:
Volunteer in Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial dies, reportedly did not receive experimental vaccine
Washington Post:
After a college town's coronavirus outbreak, deaths at nursing homes mount
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: Bulwark+ and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
The Marine Corps is investigating a deployed machine-gunner who seems to be a Nazi fanboy
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Mark Meadows' FEC filings raise questions of unlawful spending, campaign coordination
Discussion: The Daily Beast
USA Today:
19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. Here's what their stories have in common.
George Will / Washington Post:
Trump will end his presidency as he began it: Whining
Discussion: Raw Story
Patrick Ruffini / Echelon Indicators:
America is Headed for Record Turnout. Here's What That Looks Like.