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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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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
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 …
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
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 …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Hunter biz partner confirms e-mail, 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.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump tells rally about ‘60 Minutes’ interview  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):  —  President Donald Trump is keeping up a public feud with “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl, who he says took him too seriously after he pleaded for suburban women to love him.
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
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Oriana Gonzalez / Axios:
Obama: Trump emboldens people to be “cruel and divisive and racist”
CNN:
Obama delivers a blistering rebuke of Trump in his return to the campaign trail
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama delivers blazing critique of Trump in 2020 campaign trail debut
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.
Discussion: Axios and New York Post
ABC News:
Russia, Iran have obtained voter data in election interference campaign: DNI  —  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe made the announcement Wednesday  —  Iran and Russia trying to interfere in 2020 election, FBI and DNI say  —  During a news conference, the director …
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Kylee Zempel / The Federalist:
FBI: Lincoln Project Never Trumpers Peddled Iranian Disinformation Meant To Help Biden
Discussion: Twitchy and Raw Story
CNN:
Feds say Russia and Iran have interfered with the presidential election
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
DNI Ratcliffe, FBI say Iran, Russia attempting to interfere with 2020 election
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
Politico:
The news media helps Trump avoid the stench of death  —  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.”
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate Democrats to boycott Barrett's Judiciary Committee vote Thursday  —  Senate Democrats plan to boycott Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's Judiciary Committee vote Thursday in an act of protest, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday.
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Washington Post:
Why Mitch McConnell is trying to kill a big stimulus before the election
Associated Press:
Democrats to boycott Barrett vote at Senate Judiciary
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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Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
Supreme Court puts curbside voting on hold in Alabama
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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
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  —  In the home stretch of the 2020 presidential election campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden is in a tied race with President Donald Trump in the reliably red state …
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
Bloomberg:
Trump Envoy Grenell Tried to Secretly Negotiate Maduro Exit  — Former German ambassador met Maduro representative in Mexico  — Talks unsuccessful, as Trump seeks foreign policy victories  —  An influential Trump administration official secretly met with a representative …
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Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Trump envoy Richard Grenell met with Venezuelan politician in bid to oust Maduro: report
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
Discussion: Instapundit, Daily Mail and Fox News
Washington Post:
Let's not mince words.  The Trump administration kidnapped children.  —  THE TRUMP administration's immorality, cruelty and bureaucratic malpractice in tearing migrant toddlers, tweens and teens away from their parents in 2017 and 2018 were the work of many co-conspirators …
Discussion: Reason, Daily Kos and The Guardian
Ann Marimow / Washington Post:
North Carolina's mail-in ballot deadline extension upheld in federal court  —  A divided federal appeals court has upheld North Carolina's deadline extension for mail-in votes to be counted in the upcoming election, calling the measure a “common sense change” at a time when the U.S. Postal Service is inundated with ballots.
Discussion: Axios
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
Nasa to make major announcement of ‘exciting news’ about the moon  —  Flying observatory that made new discovery is able to ‘pick up phenomenon impossible to see with visible light’, space agency notes  —  Nasa will hold a major event to announce an “exciting new discovery” about the Moon, it has said.
Discussion: The Poke and Deseret News
Tobias Siegal / Jerusalem Post:
Sudan agrees to normalize relations with Israel -report  —  The report indicated that the formal and public announcement on the normalization of relations is expected to take place in the next few days.  —  Sudan has reportedly agreed to fully normalize relations with Israel …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
U.S. weighs labeling leading human rights groups ‘anti-Semitic’  —  The Trump administration is considering declaring that several prominent international NGOs — including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam — are anti-Semitic and that governments should not support them, two people familiar with the issue said.
 
 
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How The Christian Post Sold Its Soul For Trump
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How to Survive Election Night
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 Earlier Items: 
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Kyle Smith / National Review:
A Bizarre and Revealing Biden Interview
Discussion: Power Line
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After a college town's coronavirus outbreak, deaths at nursing homes mount
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
The Marine Corps is investigating a deployed machine-gunner who seems to be a Nazi fanboy
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Wall Street donors keep their distance from cash-strapped Trump in campaign's final days
Discussion: Raw Story and New Republic