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4:00 PM ET, October 22, 2020

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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 …
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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.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump seems confident court to end ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC Boston
CBS News:
“60 Minutes” preview: Biden plans commission to study Supreme Court; Trump wants U.S. “to get back to normal”
Burgess Everett / Politico:
After Barrett meeting, Murkowski still opposes election-year confirmation
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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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Hunter Biden business associate's text messages indicate meeting with Joe Biden  —  ‘Please thank Joe for his time,’ wrote the CEO of a Jim, Hunter Biden joint venture with Chinese energy firm  —  Hunter Biden's former business partner releases emails about 2017 Chinese energy company deal
Discussion: New York Post and National Review
Fox News:
Hunter Biden business partner calls email ‘genuine,’ says Hunter sought dad's advice on deals
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” …
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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'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.
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
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
ABC News:
Senate Republicans move Barrett Supreme Court nomination toward final vote
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The fight is for democracy  —  President Trump disembarks from Air Force One on October 21.  Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images  —  The stakes of this election are so high because the system itself is at stake.  —  I recently asked Melissa Schwartzberg, a professor of politics at NYU …
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Mike Lee / First Things:
Of Course We're Not a Democracy  —  During the recent vice presidential debate …
Jonathan Garber / Fox News:
Iowa Supreme Court sides with Republicans on absentee ballot requests
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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 Daily Caller and Mediaite
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 …
Marianna Sotomayor / NBC News:
Biden tests negative for Covid-19 ahead of debate  —  Joe Biden was tested for the coronavirus ahead of tonight's debate and his results came back negative.  —  “Vice President Biden underwent PCR testing for COVID-19 today and COVID-19 was not detected,” the Biden campaign said in a statement passed along by the pool.
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Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
Viewers' Guide: After chaotic debate, Trump, Biden try again
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
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
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
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CNN:
Judge drops third-degree murder charge against former officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death, but second-degree murder charge remains
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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll  —  Sponsored by Liberty Nation, Conservative News Where Truth Matters  —  The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday, sponsored by Liberty Nation, Conservative News Where Truth Matters, shows that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump's job performance.
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 …
Stuart Stevens / The Bulwark:
A Message to Democrats from Your New Ally  —  Victory is near.  —  THE BATTLE OF AGINCOURT ON 25 OCTOBER 1415, 1783.  FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION.  ARTIST BURKE, THOMAS (1749-1815).  (PHOTO BY FINE ART IMAGES/HERITAGE IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)  —  I've spent a lot of my life—far too much in retrospect …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Goldman Sachs Charged in Foreign Bribery Case and Agrees to Pay Over $2.9 Billion  —  The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (Goldman Sachs or the Company), a global financial institution headquartered in New York, New York, and Goldman Sachs (Malaysia) Sdn.  Bhd.  (GS Malaysia), its Malaysian subsidiary …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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: Raw Story and National File
Detroit News:
Our choice for U.S. Senate  —  Michigan would gain increased influence and better representation for its people in the U.S. Senate by electing John James.  It would also send to the Senate a natural leader who could well become one of the chamber's most powerful members.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump to vote early in Florida on Saturday  —  President Trump will vote early this weekend when he's in Florida, the White House said Thursday.  —  The president intends to vote early in-person when he is in West Palm Beach on Saturday, deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Forbes
 
 
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Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Politico
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
US Ice officers ‘used torture to make Africans sign own deportation orders’
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Pack the Court, Save the Vote
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New York Times:
The Relentless Shrinking of Trump's Base
Discussion: Raw Story and Florida Politics
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's under-performing 2020 campaign, in 2 key numbers
Discussion: New York Times, Breitbart and USA Today