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2:40 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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Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump seems confident court to end ‘Obamacare’  —  WASHINGTON — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):  —  President Donald Trump says “it will be so good” if the Supreme Court puts an end to the Obama-era health law when the justices hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act next month.
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 …
Jonathan Garber / Fox News:
Iowa Supreme Court sides with Republicans on absentee ballot requests
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
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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Simon Shuster / TIME:
Exclusive: Alleged Hunter Biden Emails Circulated in Ukraine as Rudy Giuliani Dug for Dirt There Last Year
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Bombshell Statement: Biden Insider Claims He Was ‘Recipient of the Email’, Says He Witnessed Joe, Hunter Discussing Deals
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: 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.
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Meghan McCarthy / COURIER:
All of the Times Republicans Have Refused to Help Americans During the Coronavirus Pandemic
ABC News:
Senate Republicans move Barrett Supreme Court nomination toward final vote
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 …
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.
CNN:
Judge drops third-degree murder charge against former officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death, but second-degree murder charge remains  —  George Floyd's family leads moment of silence during DNC  —  (CNN)A Hennepin County judge has dropped a third-degree murder charge …
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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
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
The first debate was a horror.  The second was scrapped.  Now it's up to Kristen Welker.  —  The NBC News rising star and the youngest of the 2020 debate moderators has her work cut out for her in the final Trump-Biden faceoff.  —  Kristen Welker was handed a daunting enough task …
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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
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.”
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: Wall Street Journal
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
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.”
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 and Florida Politics
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 …
Evie Fordham / Fox News:
NYC joining Portland, Seattle to sue Trump admin over defunding for ‘anarchist jurisdictions’  —  President Trump called for a review of all federal funds provided to the 3 cities  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for October 22  —  New York City is joining Seattle and Portland, Ore. …
Discussion: Politico
Eric Yoder / Washington Post:
Trump issues order for some career federal employees to lose their civil service protections  —  Career federal employees whose work involves making policy would no longer be hired under competitive procedures and would lose their civil service protections from being fired as well as eligibility …
Discussion: GovExec.com and The White House
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
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 …
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
US Ice officers ‘used torture to make Africans sign own deportation orders’ … US immigration officers allegedly tortured Cameroonian asylum seekers to force them to sign their own deportation orders, in what lawyers and activists describe as a brutal scramble to fly African migrants out of the country in the run-up to the elections.
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
 
 
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Monika Pronczuk / New York Times:
Poland Court Ruling Effectively Bans Legal Abortions
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jon Campbell / New York State Team:
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Tim Sullivan / Associated Press:
AP Road Trip: In Mississippi, Black voters face many hurdles
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Pack the Court, Save the Vote
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 Earlier Items: 
American Greatness:
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's under-performing 2020 campaign, in 2 key numbers
Discussion: New York Times, Breitbart and USA Today
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Six former secretaries of Commerce endorse Joe Biden
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
Matt Egan / CNN:
‘Selfish and reckless.’ Nearly 700 economists strongly oppose Trump's reelection
Discussion: Forbes
Tim Mak / NPR:
Here's Where The Threat Of Militia Activity Around The Elections Is The Highest
Discussion: ACLED and Raw Story