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4:35 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 …
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” …
CBS News:
“60 Minutes” preview: Biden plans commission to study Supreme Court; Trump wants U.S. “to get back to normal”
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump seems confident court to end ‘Obamacare’
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.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Joe Biden (sort of) addresses Hunter Biden accusation  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  JOE BIDEN (SORT OF) ADDRESSES HUNTER BIDEN ACCUSATION.
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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.
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 …
Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
Burn It All Down A growing number of liberal lawyers want more than court-packing.
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
After Barrett meeting, Murkowski still opposes election-year confirmation  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski met with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett this week but remains opposed to an election year confirmation to the high court.  —  While the Alaska Republican wouldn't say explicitly …
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ABC News:
Senate Republicans move Barrett Supreme Court nomination toward final vote
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.
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
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
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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
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 …
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: UPI and Bloomberg
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
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
James Randi, Magician Who Debunked Paranormal Claims, Dies at 92  —  Known professionally as the Amazing Randi, he dedicated his life to exposing seers who did not see, healers who did not heal and many others.  —  James Randi, a MacArthur award-winning magician who turned his formidable savvy …
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 …
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.
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Pack the Court, Save the Vote  —  For a judge with a brilliant legal mind, Amy Coney Barrett seemed oddly at a loss for words.  —  Does a president have the power to postpone an election?  Senator Dianne Feinstein of California asked.  Barrett said she would have to approach that question …
Wall Street Journal:
Mail Service Deteriorated After Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's Arrival, Watchdog Found  —  Postal Service enacted changes that hurt the quality and timeliness of deliveries, report says  —  A dramatic and lasting slowdown in mail delivery flowed from actions that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy initiated …
 
 
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
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Jonathan Garber / Fox News:
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