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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.
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 …
Discussion: Townhall, Power Line and Breitbart
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
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Hunter Biden's Partner: The Bidens Made Millions off of China Deals
Discussion: Twitchy
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
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Democrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination
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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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 …
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.
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.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
David Griffin / News 9:
News 9/News On 6 Exclusive Poll: Inhofe Leads Broyles By 20 Points In U.S. Senate Race  —  OKLAHOMA CITY -  —  Republican U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe has a substantial lead over his Democratic rival, Abby Broyles, in the U.S. Senate race that many have said might very well be Inhofe's final run for office.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's under-performing 2020 campaign, in 2 key numbers  —  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 …
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 …
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
American Greatness:
Top 10 Questions for Joe Biden at the Final Debate  —  Not that the moderator will bother to ask, but we would love to hear the answers to these queries.  —  Thursday night's debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden promises to rekindle some of the same feelings among …
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 …
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.”
Discussion: TheBlaze and Raw Story
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 …
Tom Hauser / KSTP-TV:
KSTP/SurveyUSA: Smith, Lewis Senate race now a dead heat  —  Democratic U.S. Senator Tina Smith is now in a dogfight to keep her Senate seat after her once double-digt lead dwindled to a one-point lead in our latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll.  Smith leads Republican challenger Jason Lewis 43% to 42%, with 12% undecided.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Biden leads Trump 52 percent to 41 percent among Virginia likely voters, a Post-Schar School poll finds  —  RICHMOND — Former vice president Joe Biden leads President Trump 52 percent to 41 percent among likely Virginia voters, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll …
Discussion: Townhall
 
 
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Stuart Stevens / The Bulwark:
A Message to Democrats from Your New Ally
Discussion: Raw Story
John Sexton / Hotair:
Marvel Stars Support Chris Pratt As Twitter Leftists Engage In Month-Long Hate Fest
Laura Schulte / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
As Wisconsin coronavirus surge continues, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson claims 'we've flattened the curve,' says virus isn't a death sentence
Ann Coulter:
STUMPER: SHOULD TRUMP MENTION HIS MOST POPULAR ISSUE?
Discussion: FactCheck.org
Charlie McGee / North Carolina:
Under External Investigation, N.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans Wage an Internal Civil War
Discussion: Raw Story and Alternet.org
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Washington Post:
Let's not mince words. The Trump administration kidnapped children.
Discussion: Reason and Daily Kos