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5:25 PM ET, October 22, 2020

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Lex Haris / CBS News:
Trump administration violates agreement and releases “60 Minutes” interview ahead of Sunday broadcast  —  President Trump on Thursday violated an agreement with CBS News and released the White House's recording of an interview with “60 Minutes,” three days ahead of the expected Sunday airing on CBS.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump releases unedited “60 Minutes” interview days early  —  President Trump tweeted on Thursday a link to an unedited 38-minute clip of his interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS' “60 Minutes” — days before its planned Sunday airdate.  —  Why it matters: Trump, who threatened yesterday to release the clip …
New York Times:
Trump Posts ‘60 Minutes’ Interview He Cut Short After Bristling at Questions  —  Republican senators advanced President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, setting up a final vote on Monday.  Joe Biden, pressed to take a stand on court packing, said courts were “getting out of whack” …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump seems confident court to end ‘Obamacare’
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 …
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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Hunter biz partner confirms email, details Joe Biden's push to make millions from China  —  Wait until Scranton hears about this.  —  One of Joe Biden's ways of contrasting himself with President Trump has been to declare the election a battle of Park Avenue values vs. Scranton, Pa., values.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Joe Biden (sort of) addresses Hunter Biden accusation
Discussion: Townhall, New York Post and The Hill
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
Burn It All Down A growing number of liberal lawyers want more than court-packing.  —  Christopher Kang knows the judicial nominations process as well as anyone — he spent seven years in the Obama White House getting judges through, including two Supreme Court nominations …
Discussion: Hamodia and Washington Post
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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: The Mahablog and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Trump Holds Small Lead in Conservative Kansas, Poll Shows  —  President Trump won Kansas by more than 20 points, but he leads Joe Biden by only seven in a Times/Siena College poll.  The Republican Senate candidate leads his Democratic rival by an even smaller amount, 46 percent to 42.
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans fume as Mnuchin gives ground to Pelosi in search of deal  —  Pelosi cites progress in talks with Mnuchin, but Republicans say Mnuchin is capitulating to the Democratic leader  —  Senate Republicans are growing increasingly frustrated with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin …
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Meghan McCarthy / COURIER:
All of the Times Republicans Have Refused to Help Americans During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
Man arrested in Kannapolis with van full of guns and explosives, researched killing Joe Biden  —  KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (WBTV) - A man was arrested in Kannapolis with a van full of guns and explosives with plans to carry out an act of terrorism, including trying to assassinate Joe Biden.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
New York Times:
Trump Campaign Draws Rebuke for Surveilling Philadelphia Voters  —  President Trump's campaign has been videotaping voters at ballot drop boxes, a tactic that could amount to illegal voter intimidation, Pennsylvania's attorney general says.  —  PHILADELPHIA — The Trump campaign …
Business Insider:
Jared Kushner floating launch of a new Trump-branded media outlet, GOP sources say.  It's another sign of a looming 2020 defeat. … - Jared Kushner has been talking about starting a Donald Trump-themed news outlet or another media company, perhaps as soon as after the November election …
Discussion: Washington Post
us-cert.cisa.gov:
Alert (AA20-296A)  —  Russian State-Sponsored Advanced Persistent Threat Actor Compromises U.S. Government Targets  —  Summary  —  This joint cybersecurity advisory—written by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) …
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 Hill, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Burgess Everett / Politico:
After Barrett meeting, Murkowski still opposes election-year confirmation  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski met with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett this week but remains opposed to an election year confirmation to the high court.  —  While the Alaska Republican wouldn't say explicitly …
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ABC News:
Senate Republicans move Barrett Supreme Court nomination toward final vote
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
Eric Yoder / Washington Post:
Trump issues sweeping order for many career federal employees to lose civil service protections  —  Career federal employees whose work involves making policy would no longer be hired under competitive procedures and would lose some civil service protections from being fired as well as eligibility …
QU Poll:
Biden Holds Stable Double-Digit Lead Over Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Nearly 6 In 10 Say Coronavirus Is Out Of Control  —  With less than two weeks until Election Day, likely voters support former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump 51 - 41 percent in a Quinnipiac …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump, U.S. intelligence chief push to declassify document on Russia's 2016 election role: sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and his intelligence chief have pushed for quick declassification of a document disputing the 2017 intelligence community finding …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.”
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
The first debate was a horror.  The second was scrapped.  Now it's up to Kristen Welker.  —  The NBC News rising star and the youngest of the 2020 debate moderators has her work cut out for her in the final Trump-Biden faceoff.  —  Kristen Welker was handed a daunting enough task …
Politico:
Bernie Sanders makes a play for Biden Labor secretary  —  The Vermont senator is interested in joining Joe Biden's Cabinet, should his former primary rival defeat President Donald Trump.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a protest at the U.S. Capitol.  Jemal Countess/Getty Images
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
US signs anti-abortion declaration with group of largely authoritarian governments  —  Move is part of a campaign by Trump administration to reorient US foreign policy in a more socially conservative direction  —  The US has today signed an anti-abortion declaration with a group …
Discussion: Reuters
Yashar Ali / Yashar's Newsletter:
Scoop: Fox News Host Melissa Francis Says Network Lawyer Told Her To Accept Men Are Paid More Than Women, Sources Say  —  It would mean so much to me if you would subscribe to my newsletter by clicking the button above or the button at the end of this post.  You can subscribe for free …
Kelly McBride / NPR:
Michigan militia language  —  John Vidal writes: I say this with the love of a loyal listener, for the love of god please STOP saying “put her on trial” (and ask your affiliates to stop) in relation to the vigilante kidnappers in Michigan!!  Every time that phrase gets repeated in the media …
CIS.org:
Immigrant Population Growth Slows  —  ‘Trump Effect’ likely explains slowdown  —  Steven A. Camarota is the director of research and Karen Zeigler is a demographer at the Center.  —  Recently released Census Bureau data from the 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) shows the number of immigrants …
Rapid City Journal:
GOV. NOEM: Update on South Dakota's COVID-19 response  —  It has been nearly eight months since COVID-19 first hit our state.  Though there is still much to learn, we are fortunate to have a much better sense of the common enemy we're fighting today than we did back in March.
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
James Randi, Magician Who Debunked Paranormal Claims, Dies at 92  —  Known professionally as the Amazing Randi, he dedicated his life to exposing seers who did not see, healers who did not heal and many others.  —  James Randi, a MacArthur award-winning magician who turned his formidable savvy …
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Federal Judges Claim It's Unconstitutional for States to Protect Voting Rights  —  The federal judiciary is on the brink of mandating voter suppression—even in states that don't want it.  —  The Supreme Court consistently upholds states' voter suppression schemes—stringent ID laws …
 
 
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Arelis Hernández / Washington Post:
America in Line  —  Long before Election Day, voters across the country have been lining up to cast their ballots.
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Harrison: Record $57M haul in US Senate race has been spent
Discussion: The Hill, MyNorthwest.com and Vox
Zachary Fryer-Biggs / Center for Public Integrity:
Trump reshaped the courts. Now his lawyers want them to limit voting
Discussion: Jacobin
American Greatness:
Charities, China, and the Biden Family Grift
bellingcat:
Russian Vehicle Registration Leak Reveals Additional GRU Hackers
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Wraps Up Campaign by Going Full Q
Discussion: Raw Story
ABC7:
3rd-degree murder charge dismissed against Derek Chauvin, officer seen kneeling on George Floyd's neck
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
US Ice officers ‘used torture to make Africans sign own deportation orders’
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
 Earlier Items: 
Detroit News:
Our choice for U.S. Senate
U.S. Department of Justice:
Goldman Sachs Charged in Foreign Bribery Case and Agrees to Pay Over $2.9 Billion
Discussion: UPI and Bloomberg
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia made more competitive by 1M new voters since '16 election
Stuart Stevens / The Bulwark:
A Message to Democrats from Your New Ally
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
The Relentless Shrinking of Trump's Base
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Team Prepares for Potentially Bumpy Transition
WFLA-TV:
Armed guards at St. Pete early voting site told deputies they were hired by Trump campaign, election officials say