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5:35 PM ET, October 23, 2020

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Wall Street Journal:
Hunter Biden's Ex-Business Partner Alleges Father Knew About Venture  —  Former vice president says he had no involvement; corporate records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden  —  An ex-business partner of Hunter Biden, in a news conference organized by the Trump campaign …
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Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Trump's sideshow fizzles out  —  The president tried to turn debate day into a trial of the Biden family's allegedly shady business dealings.  It didn't go smoothly.  —  President Donald Trump leaves the podium at the conclusion of a press conference.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Politico:
GOP prays Trump stopped the bleeding  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Before the debate hall even emptied out, the presidential motorcade was whisking Donald Trump back to Washington for a short layover ahead of his return to the campaign trail on Friday, which some Republicans worry could carry new risks in the final sprint to Election Day.
Andy Mannix / Star Tribune:
Charges: Boogaloo Bois fired on Minneapolis police precinct, shouted ‘Justice for Floyd’  —  Feds say Ivan Harrison Hunter helped burn and loot the Third Precinct building as part of a coordinated attack from the far-right group trying to ignite an American civil war.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE
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New York Times:
Trump Family Ally Is Arrested on Cyberstalking Charge  —  Ken Kurson, a close friend of the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, was arrested in connection with incidents stemming from his divorce.  —  Ken Kurson, a close friend of President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner …
Bloomberg:
Trump Sees Reason for Hope in Voter Signups That Polls May Miss  — Republican campaign machine has driven voter signups  — Public polls show commanding lead for challenger Biden  —  President Donald Trump and his campaign have cited increased Republican voter registrations as a sign …
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
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Victoria A. Brownworth / Supermajority:
How Pennsylvanians Are Combatting Voter Suppression
Discussion: CBS Philly and Raw Story
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senators engage in bitter floor feud over Barrett nomination to Supreme Court  —  Senate Republicans and Democrats engaged in a bitter feud Friday over the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took steps to finalize her installation to the Supreme Court by Monday evening.
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James Arkin / Politico:
Big GOP donors step up to help fight Democratic Senate tsunami
Discussion: Raw Story and Bangor Daily News
Alan Fram / Associated Press:   Parties' late spending on Senate races shows GOP's jeopardy
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
You're Not Supposed to Understand the Rumors About Biden  —  On Tuesday, Fox News' Laura Ingraham broke some news: An “investigative journalist” named Matthew Tyrmand had uncovered a cache of 26,000 emails belonging to Hunter Biden's disgraced business partner Bevan Cooney, who is now in jail.
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Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
The Trump Administration Shut a Vaccine Safety Office Last Year.  What's the Plan Now?  —  The office was dedicated to the long-term safety of vaccines.  Experts say plans to track coronavirus vaccines are fragmented and “behind the eight ball.”  —  As the first coronavirus vaccines arrive …
Discussion: The Week, Breitbart and Mother Jones
Politico:
‘Warning flare’: New swing-state data shows massive Democratic early-vote lead  —  Democrats have opened up a yawning gap in early voting over Republicans in six of the most crucial battleground states — but that only begins to tell the story of their advantage heading into Election Day.
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NBC News:
Coronavirus case increase sets new U.S. record, rising to over 77K in one day … The U.S. set a record Thursday as the number of new coronavirus cases rose to over 77,000, topping the previous record in July.  —  Nationwide, 77,640 new cases were reported for the day …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Plan to Make Biden Look Senile Disappeared Without a Trace  —  In the cold light of day, the most important development from the final presidential debate may be something that did not happen at all: Joe Biden embarrassing himself in a fit of mental disintegration.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
New York Times:
More Than 50 Million Americans Have Cast Ballots Early  —  “If we just wore these masks, the president's own advisers have told him, we could save 100,000 lives.  And we're in a circumstance where the president, thus far, still has no plan, no comprehensive plan.”  “You also said a vaccine will be coming within weeks.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin Republicans have been facing an outbreak among lawmakers and aides.  But they don't want to talk about it.  —  Wisconsin Republican lawmakers and top GOP aides have been facing a coronavirus outbreak in recent weeks following a series of in-person events, including a retirement party …
Discussion: UpNorthNews
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Kristen Welker asked the candidates about The Talk.  That moment proved the value of newsroom diversity.  —  Any debate moderator could have asked the candidates the question about The Talk — the terrible conversation that parents must have with their children of color to warn them about the hazards …
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Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
The mute button was a godsend. It also amplified the candidates' differences.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is drowning in his own lies.  Here are the latest signs of it.  —  It's one of the defining phrases of the Trump era.  Stephen K. Bannon, candidly reflecting in early 2018 on President Trump's strategy for effective political communication, noted that the real opposition Trump faces is not Democrats, but the media.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Israel and Sudan begin normalization process after call with Trump  —  Sudan and Israel announced today that they will “end the state of belligerence” between them and start the process of normalizing ties.  —  Driving the news: The announcement came after a phone call hosted by President …
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Trump removes Sudan from state sponsors of terrorism list
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Donald Trump's issue with windmills might not be about birds  —  President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump return to the White House after the final presidential debate on October 23.  Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images  —  If the president were really worried about birds …
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge orders Justice Department to verify its filings in Flynn case  —  The federal judge presiding over the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn has ordered the Justice Department to conduct an unusual review of its filings in the case and certify by Monday whether any have been manipulated.
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Trump campaign spokesperson says parents of separated children don't want them back  —  The Trump campaign's communications director asserted on Friday that the reason some migrant families separated by the administration at the U.S. border have not been reunited is because the parents do not want their children back.
Discussion: Reuters
bellingcat:
Russia's Clandestine Chemical Weapons Programme and the GRU's Unit 29155  —  On October 15, 2020, the European Union imposed sanctions on six senior Russian officials and a leading Russian research institute over the alleged use of a nerve agent from the Novichok family in the poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
Washington Post:
Loan payments loom as Trump fights for his political future - and the future of his business  —  At President Trump's hotel in Chicago, the most recent board meeting began with bad news.  This year's numbers were awful.  Revenue had plunged.  The hotel was just 24 percent occupied.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Democrat Trails Narrowly in Key Montana Senate Race  —  Democrats, including Biden, are competitive in a red state, and Bullock is three points behind in the contest the party cares about most.  —  Republicans hold a narrow lead up and down the ballot in Montana, according …
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Trump campaign, Nevada Republicans sue to stop Clark County mail vote counting until ‘proper procedures’ in place  —  The Trump campaign and Nevada Republican Party filed a lawsuit Friday requesting a pause in Clark County's mail ballot counting until “proper procedures” for “meaningful observation” are in place.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and Bloomberg
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Fact check: Trump says 2.2 million people were projected to die from Covid-19  —  Trump, defending his administration's pandemic response, claimed Thursday that “2.2 million people — modeled out — were expected to die” from the coronavirus.  —  Trump has made this claim previously …
Washington Post:
America is poised to enter into its worst stretch yet of the pandemic  —  The nation nears a record-breaking daily number of coronavirus cases.  —  America is poised to enter the worst stretch ever of the coronavirus pandemic, with cases spiking and the country on the precipice of shattering …
Discussion: ABC News
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
A powerful argument for wearing a mask, in visual form  —  Real-time pandemic data paints a vivid picture of the relationship between mask-wearing and the prevalence of covid-19 symptoms  —  Despite the clear opposition to masks within the Trump White House and among its allies …
Discussion: MinnPost and CNN
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
UPDATES: Kamala Harris visits Georgia on Friday to rally early-voters  —  Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris visited Atlanta on Friday to rally voters to cast their ballots early as polls show a neck-and-neck race between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden in a state Republicans have long dominated.
 
 
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John McCormack / National Review:
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Monica Alba / NBC News:
Trump hasn't met with coronavirus task force in months, not expected to before election
Discussion: Raw Story and The Babylon Bee
Christopher Bing / Reuters:
Exclusive: National Guard called in to thwart cyberattack in Louisiana weeks before election
The White House:
First Lady Melania Trump Announces Halloween at the White House
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
P. Michael McKinley / The Atlantic:
The Politicization of the State Department Is Almost Complete
 Earlier Items: 
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Arizona Is Ready to Toss Trump — and the Rest of the GOP
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Fact check: Trump says Biden sold Ukraine ‘pillows and sheets.’ What's he talking about?
Discussion: Vox, Townhall and Washington Post
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Good Debate, and It's Not Quite Over
Andrew Wagaman / Morning Call:
Biden leads Trump in Pennsylvania in election's home stretch, new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll shows
Discussion: WHYY, Raw Story and NBC News
David Brooks / The Atlantic:
Bruce Springsteen and the Art of Aging Well
Discussion: Mediaite