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11:20 AM ET, October 21, 2020

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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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Alleged China-Fighter Donald Trump Has Secret Chinese Bank Account
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: New poll: Biden edges Trump on the economy
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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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: Political Wire
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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.
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Politico:
Bloomberg knocks Trump back on his heels in Florida
New York Times:
Trump Campaign's $63 Million Dwarfed by Biden's $177 Million
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: Daily Kos
Harry Enten / CNN:
Want to see how the landscape is shaping up on election night? Look to North Carolina
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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: Politico
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Axios:
Louisville officer: “Breonna Taylor would be alive” if we had served no-knock warrant
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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Washington Post:
Trump, unhappy with questions from ‘60 Minutes’ host Lesley Stahl, threatens to release interview himself
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, Florida Politics and Politico
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Mediaite, CANNONFIRE and Raw Story
John Binder / Breitbart:
Kamala Harris Failed to Prosecute Illegal MS-13 Gang Member Months Before He Murdered Bologna Family  —  A known MS-13 Gang member, living illegally in the United States, was arrested but went unprosecuted by then-San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris' office months before he murdered a California family.
Anya Kamenetz / NPR:
Are The Risks Of Reopening Schools Exaggerated?  —  Despite widespread concerns, two new international studies show no consistent relationship between in-person K-12 schooling and the spread of coronavirus.  And a third study from the United States shows no elevated risk to childcare workers who stayed on the job.
Discussion: Twitchy and TheBlaze
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: Raw Story
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Election Day Could Be Brutal.  Or Maybe Not.  —  State and local polling officials are braced for the unexpected on Nov. 3.  They're used to it.  —  Almost every year on Election Day, someone, somewhere in America intentionally or accidentally rams their car into a polling place.
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 …
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 …
FiveThirtyEight:
Explore The Ways Trump Or Biden Could Win The Election  —  Pick the winner of each state to see how FiveThirtyEight's presidential forecast would change.  —  2020 election forecast How our forecast works  —  Key StatesAll States … Reset  —  Candidates can't be selected if they start off …
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.
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!”
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
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Signed, Sealed, Delivered—Then 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.  —  “It's just something you do,” he told me.
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.
Associated Press:
Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Like millions of Americans, Diane Urban watched the first presidential debate last month at home with her family.  When it was over, she turned off the television and climbed into the bed her 25-year-old son Jordan used to sleep in.
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Josh Partlow / Washington Post:
Shouting matches, partisan rallies, guns at polling places: Tensions high at early-voting sites
Bernard Meyer / CyberNews:
15 million Florida voters' data leaked on Russian hacking forum
One America News Network:
Reports Claim 440K Questionable Ballots Sent To Deceased Or Inactive Voters In Calif.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Trump's Greatest Accomplishments Are What He Hasn't Done
 Earlier Items: 
Lara Seligman / Politico:
White House leans on Pentagon to fulfill Trump's Afghanistan pledge
Discussion: The Diplomat
Luke Harding / The Guardian:
Trump's false ‘Russian spy’ claims put me in danger, says Steele dossier source
Discussion: New York Times
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
‘Trump does what he says’: Muslims abandon Biden, back president
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Republicans learn the benefits of diversity ... the hard way
Discussion: American Greatness, The Hill and NPR
Washington Post:
Republicans, it's time to choose between autocracy and a republic
Rick Linsk / Reuters:
Lawyers spurn Trump campaign in individual donations, including from Jones Day
NBC News:
Lawyers say they can't find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by Trump administration