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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
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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Fox News:
FBI in possession of Hunter Biden's purported laptop, sources say
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Campaign's $63 Million Dwarfed by Biden's $177 Million
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: CNBC, Political Wire and Politico
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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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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” …
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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Hundreds of Thousands of Voters Do Everything Right—Then Get Their Ballots Discarded  —  George Mangeni registered to vote as soon as he became a U.S. citizen in 2015.  Mangeni, who immigrated from Kenya, always makes sure to cast a ballot in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, where he lives.
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
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.
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 …
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
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
What a Big Biden Win Would Look Like  —  ANALYSIS  —  Over the past few weeks, I've looked at scenarios and non-polling indicators that, if Donald Trump wins, we might look back upon and say, “Aha, the signs were there all along!”  These are examples of “what if the polls are wrong again” pieces that proliferate on the Internet.
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: Ohio Capital Journal and Politico
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.
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: American Greatness, 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 …
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.
NBC News:
President Trump looks for foreign policy wins ahead of U.S. election  —  WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials are making a last-ditch effort to salvage an arms control agreement with Russia, part of a wider push by President Donald Trump to score foreign policy breakthroughs as he campaigns for re-election.
Discussion: Politico and Wall Street Journal
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.
 
 
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Luke Harding / The Guardian:
Trump's false ‘Russian spy’ claims put me in danger, says Steele dossier source
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
New homes on the range: Weary city dwellers escape to Montana, creating a property gold rush
FiveThirtyEight:
Explore The Ways Trump Or Biden Could Win The Election
Haris Alic / Breitbart:
Joe Biden Sought ‘Grand Bargain’ to Reduce Deficit Through Cuts to Social Security
ABC News:
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Discussion: Washington Post
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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Heather Perlberg / Bloomberg:
Apollo Board to Examine Leon Black's Ties to Jeffrey Epstein
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
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How ‘Spygate’ Attacks Fizzled
Bloomberg:
Biden Looking to Longtime Aide Ron Klain for Chief of Staff