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6:55 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 …
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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Kelly McBride / NPR:
Michigan militia language
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Hunter biz partner confirms email, details Joe Biden's push to make millions from China
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Joe Biden (sort of) addresses Hunter Biden accusation
Discussion: Townhall, TheBlaze and New York Post
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.
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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” …
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 …
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.
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The Daily Beast:
‘Should I Kill Joe Biden?’: Feds Say Nomad Busted With Car Full of Guns Debated Assassinating Ex-Veep
Discussion: 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, WHDH-TV and Washington Post
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
After Barrett meeting, Murkowski still opposes election-year confirmation
ABC News:
Senate Republicans move Barrett Supreme Court nomination toward final vote
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 …
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Rod Dreher:
No Families, No Children, No Future  —  Here's a fascinating article from New York magazine on the massive gender gap between Trump and Biden supporters.  It contains this eye-popping claim, buried deep down: … David Shor is one of the best data people the Democratic Party people has.
Discussion: alicublog
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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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) …
Politico:
Bernie Sanders makes a play for Biden Labor secretary  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders is hoping to be a part of Joe Biden's potential administration and has expressed a particular interest in becoming Labor secretary, two people familiar with the conversations tell POLITICO.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Madison Cawthorn's Racist Website  —  GOP Wunderkind Attacks Opponent's Attempt to “Ruin White Males”  —  A new attack website put up by the Madison Cawthorn campaign includes an explicitly racist broadside against his opponent, Moe Davis (D-NC), for associating himself with people who want to “ruin white males.”
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: The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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 …
Nick Arama / redstate.com:
Rasmussen Says Trump Just Hit the ‘Holy Grail’ of Reelection Numbers  —  We're now counting down to the election with just 12 days left.  —  We're seeing all kinds of things exploding off in the Biden scandal as more and more information keeps dropping.  It's clear Joe Biden is going to have serious problems over it.
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
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
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: IJR, The Hill, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
New York Times:
Russia Poses Greater Election Threat Than Iran, Many U.S. Officials Say  —  Russia's hackers appeared to be preparing to sow chaos amid any uncertainty around election results, officials said.  —  WASHINGTON — While senior Trump administration officials said this week that Iran …
BuzzFeed:
Listen: Chris Pratt Might Be A Republican, But Should We Care?  —  Welcome to another episode of News O'Clock!  —  Which you can listen to by clicking any of the links below!  —  Listen on the iHeartRadio app  —  Listen on Apple Podcasts  —  Listen on Spotify  —  Listen on Google Podcasts
Discussion: Vox and BuzzFeed News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How the Iran news actually undermines one of Trump's biggest lies  —  There's a lot to scrutinize about John Ratcliffe's big announcement about Iran and Russia, but an important piece of news about it is getting lost: Without doing so directly, President Trump's own director …
Wall Street Journal:
Declassified Files Reveal a Possible Spy in Poland—Named James Bond  —  Discovery creates a new mystery; ‘a totally laid-back person’  —  WARSAW, Poland—A mystery left unsolved by the spies of the Communist era reopened one recent morning, when an archivist found a curious folder sheltered …
 
 
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Jason Lange / Reuters:
More than 47 million ballots cast in U.S. election, eclipsing 2016 early turnout
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
QAnon believers hunting for child kidnappers should start at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Discussion: The Federalist and Axios
Claire Gillespie / Health.com:
Every Resident in a Kansas Nursing Home Has COVID-19—and 10 Have Died
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Can Trump Win? Yes. But the Path Is Narrow and Difficult.
Discussion: AFP, FactCheck.org and Associated Press
Rapid City Journal:
GOV. NOEM: Update on South Dakota's COVID-19 response
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Harrison: Record $57M haul in US Senate race has been spent
Discussion: The Hill, MyNorthwest.com and Vox
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
The first debate was a horror. The second was scrapped. Now it's up to Kristen Welker.
Detroit News:
Our choice for U.S. Senate
Stuart Stevens / The Bulwark:
A Message to Democrats from Your New Ally
Discussion: Raw Story