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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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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 …
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.
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  —  It is unclear, at this point, whether the investigation is ongoing or if it was directly related to Hunter Biden  —  FBI, DOJ agree Hunter Biden emails were not Russia disinformation
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump tells rally about ‘60 Minutes’ interview
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate Democrats to boycott Barrett's Judiciary Committee vote Thursday
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Democrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, KRQE-TV and Boing Boing
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 …
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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.”
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: Political Wire
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court Blocks Curbside Voting In Alabama, An Option During Pandemic  —  The Supreme Court has sided with Alabama state officials who banned curbside voting intended to accommodate individuals with disabilities and those at risk from the COVID-19 virus.
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Kylee Zempel / The Federalist:
FBI: Lincoln Project Never Trumpers Peddled Iranian Disinformation Meant To Help Biden  —  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced Wednesday that Iran and Russia are working to undermine the integrity of the 2020 election.
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Reuters:
U.S. intelligence agencies say Iran, Russia have tried to interfere in 2020 election
CNN:
Obama delivers a blistering rebuke of Trump in his return to the campaign trail  —  (CNN)Former President Barack Obama delivered an often-incredulous and blistering account of his successor's first four years in office on Wednesday in Philadelphia, making his most direct attacks on President Donald …
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Obama: Trump emboldens people to be “cruel and divisive and racist”
Tim Mak / NPR:
Here's Where The Threat Of Militia Activity Around The Elections Is The Highest  —  Audio will be available later today.  —  Enlarge this image  —  Five states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Oregon — have the highest risk of seeing increased militia activity around the elections …
Discussion: Raw Story and ACLED
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump national security adviser says president will respect results of election  —  BATH, Maine — Robert O'Brien, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said Wednesday that Trump would accept the results of the election if he loses on Nov. 3.  —  “If he loses, of course he will …
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
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 …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump gains in Ohio, Biden ahead in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  —  Donald Trump holds a narrow advantage in Ohio, while voters in the three battleground states that put him over the top in 2016 prefer Joe Biden  —  How the campaigns are preparing for presidential debate changes
William Saletan / Slate:
Trump's Attack on Fauci Is Unbelievably Idiotic  —  First the president got the pandemic wrong.  Now he's picking a fight with the guy who got it right.  —  Donald Trump has a long list of enemies.  In the course of his presidency, he has attacked the press, the FBI, the CIA, the military …
New York Times:
Ex-Spy Was Central to Project Veritas Hiring Effort, Testimony Shows  —  A British former intelligence officer was said to have recruited and interviewed potential hires as the conservative group sought to have former spies train employees.  —  WASHINGTON — A British former spy recruited by Erik Prince …
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Obama hypes early voting in new DNC Florida ad  —  TALLAHASSEE — Barack Obama is being tapped to gin up support for voting ahead of Election Day in Florida, putting the former president at the center of a new TV ad campaign kicking off in the nation's biggest swing state.
Discussion: Democrats
Washington Post:
Trump is averaging more than 50 false or misleading claims a day  —  As President Trump entered the final stretch of the election season, he began making more than 50 false or misleading claims a day.  It's only gotten worse — so much so that the Fact Checker team cannot keep up.
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
The Unseemly Urge to Excuse Jeffrey Toobin  —  CNN's Stelter Tells Reporter She's ‘Bitter’ after She Calls Out Media Double Standard on Hunter Biden Story  —  The New York Times Digs Into the Adoptions of Amy Coney Barrett's Children  —  FBI Reportedly in Possession of Hunter Biden's Laptop
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Breaking: College President Finds a Spine  —  As I've long joked, I think truth in advertising for college presidencies would require the job qualification clause, “Spinal removal surgery necessary.”  And among university presidents I have regarded suspiciously (which is nearly all of them) is Northwestern's Morton Schapiro.
Discussion: CBS Chicago
The Texas Tribune:
National Democrats are increasingly assertive about their chances in Texas this election — and they're spending accordingly  —  In a move of confidence that Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher will be reelected, a national PAC is redirecting ad spending from that district …
Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Week That Shook the Trump Campaign  —  Polls show that Trump has only partly recovered from his performance in the first debate and his management of the coronavirus at the White House  —  WASHINGTON—In the days after the first debate Sept. 29 between President …
Discussion: Washington Times
Katherine J. Wu / New York Times:
Covid-19 Live Updates: Virus Has Cost More Than 2.5 Million Years of Potential Life, Study Finds  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  ‘These are everyday people who are dying’: A study offers a new picture of the lives lost to the virus.  —  There have been more than 220,000 coronavirus deaths …
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
How Trump played a good hand poorly  —  President Trump has lain waste to many of the norms and conventional wisdoms of American politics.  But among them could soon be a couple of the biggest ones — and not in his favor.  —  If there are two phrases that have come to define presidential elections …
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Times
 
 
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Charlie McGee / North Carolina:
Under External Investigation, N.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans Wage an Internal Civil War
Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org
Tom Hauser / KSTP-TV:
KSTP/SurveyUSA: Smith, Lewis Senate race now a dead heat
Chris Smith / Vanity Fair:
“Like Being on a Roller Coaster in the Middle of an Earthquake”: Wisconsin Democrats Are Organizing Like Mad. Will It Be Enough?
Discussion: WTOP
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
North Carolina's mail-in ballot deadline extension upheld in federal court
Discussion: CNN and Axios
Caleb Jones / Star Tribune:
US surgeon general to plead not guilty in Hawaii virus case
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
Let's not mince words. The Trump administration kidnapped children.
Discussion: Reason, Daily Kos and The Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Tobias Siegal / Jerusalem Post:
Sudan agrees to normalize relations with Israel -report
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Court ruling could block thousands of Iowa ballot requests
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
Slate:
How to Survive Election Night
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
Kyle Smith / National Review:
A Bizarre and Revealing Biden Interview
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
After a college town's coronavirus outbreak, deaths at nursing homes mount
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
Nasa to make major announcement of ‘exciting news’ about the moon
Discussion: The Poke and Deseret News
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