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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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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.
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 …
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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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 …
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
Keith E. Whittington / Newsweek:
Why the Supreme Court has Nine Justices
Discussion: Vox
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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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: National Review and Political Wire
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Catholic News Agency:
Pope Francis calls for civil union law for same-sex couples, in shift from Vatican stance
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's 2020 cure-all: Rallies, rallies and more rallies
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Reuters:
These voters sat out in 2016. Now they could determine the next U.S. president
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Fox News, Twitchy and Rolling Stone
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.
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI says it has ‘nothing to add’ to Ratcliffe's remarks about Hunter Biden, Russian disinformation
Jaci / 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.
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.
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 …
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.
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
McConnell urges White House not to make coronavirus deal with Pelosi  —  Senate Majority Leader is concerned vote will interfere with Supreme Court confirmation  —  ‘Optimistic’ on coronavirus stimulus deal within 48 hours: Mark Meadows  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged …
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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.
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 …
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Trump's business appears to have cut Matt Gaetz a RNC hotel discount that went unreported to the FEC
Discussion: The Root and 1100 Pennsylvania
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 …
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 …
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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
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Parents of 545 Children Separated at the Border Cannot Be Found  —  A new report shows hundreds of cases in which migrant children were taken from their families, and their parents, who were deported, cannot be located.  —  Radio spots are airing throughout Mexico and Central America.
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Biden Has Narrow Lead in Iowa, and Senate Race Is Tight, Poll Shows  —  The New York Times / Siena College poll  —  Joe Biden holds a slim lead over Donald Trump in Iowa, a state Mr. Trump flipped in 2016.  —  2016 result  —  NYT/Siena  —  +9 Trump  —  51-42  —  +3 Biden  —  46-43
Discussion: The Nation
Ryan Deto / Pennsylvania Capital-Star:
SWPa. billboard accusing Biden of dementia misspells ... dementia  —  A roadside billboard in Fayette County repeating a Republican accusation that Democratic nominee presidential Joe Biden suffers from diminished mental capacity has a deficiency of its own: A whopper of a spelling error.
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: CANNONFIRE, Mediaite and Raw Story
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
 
 
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Jake Lahut / Business Insider:
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Politico:
Menendez, with eye on committee chairmanship, blasts Trump in new report
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Josh Partlow / Washington Post:
Shouting matches, partisan rallies, guns at polling places: Tensions high at early-voting sites
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
US officials: OxyContin maker to plead to 3 criminal charges
New York Times:
As the Election Nears, Spanish Disinformation Targets Latino Voters
Discussion: The Boston Globe
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Trump's Greatest Accomplishments Are What He Hasn't Done
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Axios
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: Alternet.org