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10:56 PM ET, October 22, 2020

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NBC News:
Inside the campaign to ‘pizzagate’ Hunter Biden … Some of the same people who pushed a false conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton that first emerged in 2016 are now targeting Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, with similar falsehoods.  Their online posts are garnering astronomical numbers of shares on social media.
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Wraps Up Campaign by Going Full Q  —  From the president on down, the closing pitch to voters is to signal acceptance of a conspiracy theory that the FBI considers dangerous.  —  Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon had a message for his podcast listeners on Tuesday …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Biden ‘Family Legacy’  —  What we learned from the text messages of Hunter's partner Tony Bobulinski.  —  Joe Biden has a problem, and his name is Hunter.  Because the former vice president hasn't had to answer any questions on this topic, that problem could soon become America's.
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Harris, prominent Democrats listed as ‘key contacts’ for Biden family business venture projects
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Hunter Biden business associate's text messages indicate meeting with Joe Biden
Fox News:
President Trump plans to bring Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski as guest to debate
Kelly McBride / NPR:
Michigan militia language
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
Nancy Asiamah / WWLP-TV:
Feds arrest North Carolina man who allegedly had plans to assassinate Joe Biden
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS. Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse! #MAGA:
Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS.  Tonight's anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse!  #MAGA
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.
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.
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Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Trump and Biden clash in final debate over federal Covid-19 response  —  WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized Donald Trump's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic as the president promised a vaccine is “weeks” away, clashing Thursday in the final debate.  —  “220,000 deaths.
Reuters:
Exclusive: ‘Dumb mistake’ exposed Iranian hand behind fake Proud Boys U.S. election emails - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Government analysts and private sector investigators were able to rapidly attribute to Iranian hackers a wave of thousands of threatening emails aimed at U.S. voters …
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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: POLITICUSUSA
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.
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Politico:
The presidential transition is already underway  —  Welcome to the first edition of POLITICO's 2020 Transition Playbook, your guide to what could be one of the most consequential transfers of power in American history.  Our mantra, one embraced by operatives in both parties, is that “personnel is policy.”
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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
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
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump campaign press secretary suspended on Twitter over mail-in voting tweet  —  The Trump campaign accused Twitter of seeking to ‘silence’ the campaign, hours before a presidential debate.  —  Trump 2020 spokesman Gidley on Trump campaign reportedly dwarfed by Biden's in fundraising
Discussion: Reuters, Townhall, The Hill and Breitbart
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 …
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Anand Giridharadas / The.Ink:
Judge Barrett is family to me.  Don't confirm her  —  A relative of the Supreme Court nominee speaks out in The.Ink  —  Welcome to The.Ink, my newsletter about money and power, politics and culture.  If you're joining us for the first time, hello!  Click the orange button below to get this in your inbox, free.
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Madison Cawthorn's Racist Website  —  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.”  —  For real.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump issues sweeping order for tens of thousands of career federal employees to lose civil service protections  —  President Trump has fired his biggest broadside yet this week against a federal bureaucracy he has moved to remake with an executive order that would remove job security …
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 …
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
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) …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump campaign ad about America's comeback features footage from Russia and Slovenia  — President Donald Trump's campaign used stock footage from Russia and Slovenia in a digital ad intended to convince voters that America is bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Trump's Twitter hacked after Dutch researcher claims he guessed password - report … Donald Trump's Twitter account was hacked last week, after a Dutch researcher correctly guessed the president's password: “maga2020!”, Dutch media reported.  —  Victor Gevers, a security expert …
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.
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely claims, again, that Oprah had him on the final week of her show  —  Dale: This is one of the most dishonest periods for Trump  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump makes a lot of false claims on issues that are crucial to Americans' lives: the coronavirus pandemic, the election, health care, the economy.
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
QAnon believers hunting for child kidnappers should start at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue  —  It was the perfect political dog whistle — at a frequency that bypassed mainstream journalists but was picked up loud and clear by the millions of internet swamp creatures who dwell in a land of online make-believe called QAnon.
Discussion: The Federalist
 
 
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CNN:
White supremacist group talked about paramilitary training in secret vetting calls
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Jane Coaston / Vox:
Trump's presidential campaign is Too Online
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BuzzFeed:
Listen: Chris Pratt Might Be A Republican, But Should We Care?
Discussion: Vox and BuzzFeed News
Jason Lange / Reuters:
More than 47 million ballots cast in U.S. election, eclipsing 2016 early turnout
Discussion: The Week
Claire Gillespie / Health.com:
Every Resident in a Kansas Nursing Home Has COVID-19—and 10 Have Died
Wall Street Journal:
Declassified Files Reveal a Possible Spy in Poland—Named James Bond
CIS.org:
Immigrant Population Growth Slows
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Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Harrison: Record $57M haul in US Senate race has been spent
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com, The Hill and Vox
bellingcat:
Russian Vehicle Registration Leak Reveals Additional GRU Hackers
Washington Post:
Senate Republicans fume as Mnuchin gives ground to Pelosi in search of deal
Cameron Joseph / VICE:
The US Eliminated Nearly 21,000 Election Day Polling Locations for 2020
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
My Wild 2 Weeks Inside the Trump Campaign Bubble
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times