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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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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Harris, prominent Democrats listed as ‘key contacts’ for Biden family business venture projects  —  Email is unrelated to the laptop or hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden  —  Hunter Biden's ex-business associate now in fear for his life  —  EXCLUSIVE: A list of …
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 …
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Bombshell Statement: Biden Insider Claims He Was ‘Recipient of the Email’, Says He Witnessed Joe, Hunter Discussing Deals  —  A whistleblower CEO and Biden insider, Tony Bobulinski, released a public statement on Wednesday evening backing up the reporting of the New York Post from last week …
Fox News:
Laptop connected to Hunter Biden linked to FBI money laundering probe
CBS News:
“60 Minutes” preview: Biden plans commission to study Supreme Court; Trump wants U.S. “to get back to normal”  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden said he would appoint a commission to study the U.S. court system and make recommendations for reform.  President Donald Trump looks …
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Washington Post:
Senate Judiciary Committee approves Trump's choice for Supreme Court as Democrats boycott
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump releases unedited “60 Minutes” interview days early
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Democrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination
Detroit News:   Our choice for U.S. Senate
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Senate Judiciary approves subpoenas for Twitter, Facebook CEOs over bias charges
Associated Press:
Face to face: Trump and Biden to meet for final debate
Discussion: The Signorile Report and The Hill
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
My Wild 2 Weeks Inside the Trump Campaign Bubble  —  LAS VEGAS — Monday was a day of rage for Donald Trump.  —  He woke up at his Las Vegas hotel, a gold brick of glass on the edge of the Strip next to an abandoned lot, and was already in a foul mood.  The previous day he had seen a TV ad …
Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:
Trump's Cash Crunch Constrains His Campaign at a Critical Juncture  —  With far less money than anticipated, campaign officials are scrambling to address a severe financial disadvantage against Joseph R. Biden Jr., producing something of an internal blame game.
The Atlantic:
The Case Against Donald Trump  —  In 1973, a United States Air Force officer, Major Harold Hering, asked a question that the Air Force did not want asked.  Hering, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was then in training to become a Minuteman-missile crewman.  The question he asked …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Politico:
Trump is doing worse than it seems — but reporters are afraid to say so  —  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.”
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.
WFLA-TV:
Armed guards at St. Pete early voting site told deputies they were hired by Trump campaign, election officials say  —  PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Two armed guards set up in a tent outside an early voting location in downtown St. Petersburg claiming to be with the Trump campaign …
Stuart Stevens / The Bulwark:
A Message to Democrats from Your New Ally  —  Victory is near.  —  THE BATTLE OF AGINCOURT ON 25 OCTOBER 1415, 1783.  FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION.  ARTIST BURKE, THOMAS (1749-1815).  (PHOTO BY FINE ART IMAGES/HERITAGE IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)  —  I've spent a lot of my life—far too much in retrospect …
Discussion: Raw Story
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
The US Eliminated Nearly 21,000 Election Day Polling Locations for 2020  —  Exclusive VICE News analysis shows a 20% cut in election locations nationwide, and much deeper cuts in California, Maryland, Kentucky, New Jersey, and North Dakota.  —  CJ  —  RA
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
New York Times:
The Relentless Shrinking of Trump's Base  —  A steady decline in white voters without college degrees, 1976-2018  —  In 2016, Donald J. Trump confounded the polls in part by generating an unanticipated level of enthusiasm and turnout from a group that had grown increasingly apathetic about elections …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia made more competitive by 1M new voters since '16 election  —  The latest list of Georgia voters makes it easy to see why the state is in play this election.  —  One million new voters since 2016.  A younger, more racially diverse electorate.  Rapid changes in Georgia's voting population.
Discussion: Political Wire
U.S. Department of Justice:
Goldman Sachs Charged in Foreign Bribery Case and Agrees to Pay Over $2.9 Billion  —  The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (Goldman Sachs or the Company), a global financial institution headquartered in New York, New York, and Goldman Sachs (Malaysia) Sdn.  Bhd.  (GS Malaysia), its Malaysian subsidiary …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Team Prepares for Potentially Bumpy Transition  —  The administration has been cooperative so far, but President Trump has given mixed messages on whether he would commit to a smooth transfer of power if he loses  —  WASHINGTON—Senior advisers to Joe Biden are preparing for the possibility …
Liz Kotalik / KUSA-TV:
Trailer park tenants say landlord sends note implying a vote for Biden is a vote for increased rent  —  “We are not telling you how to vote,” a copy of the letter sent to 9NEWS says.  “We are just telling our tenants what we will do according to the results.”
Blake Montgomery / The Daily Beast:
New Columbia Study Blames the White House for at Least 130,000 ‘Avoidable’ COVID Deaths  —  “We believe that this was a monumental, lethal screwup by an administration that didn't want to deal with reality,” said the study's lead author.  —  A new report from Columbia University …
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Trump's Twitter account hacked after Dutch researcher guessed password … Donald Trump's Twitter account was hacked last week, after a Dutch researcher correctly guessed the president's password: “maga2020!”.  —  Victor Gevers, a security expert, had access to Trump's direct messages …
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Six former secretaries of Commerce endorse Joe Biden  — A bipartisan group of six former secretaries of Commerce has endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president.  — The group includes Republican Carlos Gutierrez and Democrats Penny Pritzker, Gary Locke, Bill Daley, Norm Mineta and Mickey Kantor.
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
Reuters:
Russia gives whistleblower Edward Snowden permanent residency rights  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has granted U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden permanent residency rights, his lawyer said on Thursday, a step towards Russian citizenship if he wants it.  —  Snowden, 37, fled the United States …
Joanna Nelius / Gizmodo:
Apparently Foxconn's Wisconsin LCD Factory Is Fake  —  Last week, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) rejected electronics maker Foxconn's tax subsidy application for failing to not only hire the number of employees it promised, but to build a Gen 10.5 LCD factory.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
56% of U.S. Voters Say Trump Does Not Deserve Reelection  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The majority of U.S. registered voters, 56%, believe President Donald Trump does not deserve to be reelected, while 43% say he does.  Voters are even less likely to think “most members of Congress” deserve reelection …
John Sexton / Hotair:
Marvel Stars Support Chris Pratt As Twitter Leftists Engage In Month-Long Hate Fest  —  Back on October 2, actor Chris Pratt offended the perpetually offended online when he posted a joke-filled statement on Instagram asking people to vote for the film Onward to received a People's Choice Award.
Matt Egan / CNN:
‘Selfish and reckless.’ Nearly 700 economists strongly oppose Trump's reelection  —  New York (CNN Business)Nearly 700 economists, including seven Nobel winners, are urgently warning against the reelection of President Donald Trump, citing what they describe as a “sustained assault” on democracy …
 
 
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Pack the Court, Save the Vote
Discussion: Washington Post and Bloomberg
Matthew Duss / Foreign Affairs:
U.S. Foreign Policy Never Recovered From the War on Terror
Rasmussen Reports:
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
David Griffin / News 9:
News 9/News On 6 Exclusive Poll: Inhofe Leads Broyles By 20 Points In U.S. Senate Race
American Greatness:
Top 10 Questions for Joe Biden at the Final Debate
Ann Coulter:
STUMPER: SHOULD TRUMP MENTION HIS MOST POPULAR ISSUE?
Discussion: FactCheck.org
Tom Hauser / KSTP-TV:
KSTP/SurveyUSA: Smith, Lewis Senate race now a dead heat
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
The Texas Tribune:
National Democrats are increasingly assertive about their chances in Texas this election — and they're spending accordingly
Washington Post:
Trump is averaging more than 50 false or misleading claims a day
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tim Mak / NPR:
Here's Where The Threat Of Militia Activity Around The Elections Is The Highest
Discussion: ACLED and Raw Story
William Saletan / Slate:
Trump's Attack on Fauci Is Unbelievably Idiotic
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Breaking: College President Finds a Spine
Discussion: CBS Chicago
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
The Unseemly Urge to Excuse Jeffrey Toobin
Discussion: The Federalist and Instapundit