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11:30 AM 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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NBC News:
Inside the campaign to ‘pizzagate’ Hunter Biden … Some of the same people who pushed a false conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton that first emerged in 2016 are now targeting Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, with similar falsehoods.  Their online posts are garnering astronomical numbers of shares on social media.
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Tries to Make ‘Laptop from Hell’ the New Hillary Emails.  It Won't Work.  —  President Trump used the final presidential debate to carry out his telegraphed plan to make Hunter Biden's computer - “the laptop from hell” - the centerpiece of his closing message.
Washington Post:
What was Trump talking about?  How the language of Fox News invaded the final debate.  —  During the final presidential debate, President Trump made reference to “the laptop from hell,” “AOC plus three″ and “Russia, Russia, Russia” — yes, said three times in a row.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump at the Debate Was Like America in 2020: Not Winning  —  In the end, the scandal that matters isn't Hunter Biden but the pandemic.  —  Donald Trump blew it.  Thursday night was his last, best chance to save his Presidency.  With a national television audience and a reprieve …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Trump Won the Debate—But Won Bigly the Post-Debate  —  There was a low bar for Joe Biden in the first debate, given his cognitive challenges.  Because he exceeded that pessimism, he won momentum.  —  In opposite fashion, there was similarly an expectation that a disruptive Donald …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Jennifer Van Laar / redstate.com:   Jaw-Dropping Report Details Chinese State-Owned Company's Partnership With Biden, Kerry Families
Associated Press:
Debate Takeaways: Trump gets personal, Biden hits on virus
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
The Mainstream Press Is Desperate To Help Joe Biden, Even If It Means A Media Blackout
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
How politically damaging were Biden's comments about closing down the oil industry?  —  Biden said at the debate he would transition away from oil, then later clarified that he would stop giving federal subsidies to the industry  —  Before the debate, President Trump said his advisers urged …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
After Final Debate, Campaigns Enter Homestretch  —  “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.”
CNN:
CNN Poll: Biden wins final presidential debate  —  (CNN)Joe Biden did a better job in the final debate on Thursday, according to a CNN Instant Poll of debate watchers.  Overall, 53% of voters who watched the debate said that Biden won the matchup, while 39% said that President Donald Trump did.
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Nick Arama / redstate.com:
Rasmussen Says Trump Just Hit the ‘Holy Grail’ of Reelection Numbers
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump-Biden venom on display during final debate
Discussion: The Week, The Guardian and The Hill
Jamie BallardData Journalist / YouGov:
Viewers say Joe Biden won the final presidential debate
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
Mitch McConnell mostly mum about bruised hands, says no concerns  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's hands have become the unlikely subject of wild speculation on social media as people obsess over how badly bruised they look this week, but Kentucky's longtime senator isn't saying much about it.
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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 …
Andrew Wagaman / Morning Call:
Biden leads Trump in Pennsylvania in election's home stretch, new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll shows  —  In the final weeks of the election, Democrat Joe Biden holds a 7-point lead over Republican President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, according …
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story, WHYY and Political Wire
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Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
The town that built back green  —  After a tornado demolished Greensburg, Kan., it rebuilt without carbon emissions.  Can its lessons help communities and economies rebound from fires, hurricanes and covid-19?  —  GREENSBURG, Kan. — After powerful tornadoes swept through Nashville earlier this year …
David Brooks / The Atlantic:
Bruce Springsteen and the Art of Aging Well  —  I recently saw a photo of Lyndon B. Johnson in the first year of his presidency.  He looked like a classic old guy—wrinkled, mature, in the late season of life.  It was a shock to learn that he was only 55 at the time, roughly the same age as Chris Rock is now.
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
A Day-By-Day Guide to What Could Happen If This Election Goes Bad  —  The coronavirus pandemic was always going to make the 2020 election uniquely complicated, and Donald Trump's norm-busting style was always going to make it tense, but headlines in recent days have started to read like political thriller plot lines.
Stephen Gandel / CBS News:
Postal Service awards $5 million contract to Postmaster DeJoy's former company XPO  —  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's former company landed a $5 million highway-shipping contract last month with the United States Postal Service.  —  DeJoy continued to own a multimillion-dollar stake in XPO Logistics as of early October.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Susan Collins Hasn't Changed Much, but Maine Has  —  Democrats are angry with her.  Republicans see her as disloyal to the president.  Her old-fashioned politics?  “I don't know if people respond as well to that anymore,” said her G.O.P. predecessor in the Senate.  —  BANGOR, Me.
Robert Maguire / CREW:
$80 million dark money group tied to Trump Supreme Court advisor, Leonard Leo … A close informal advisor to President Trump who has been deeply involved in all three of his Supreme Court nomination battles is the sole trustee of a mysterious group that brought in more than $80 million in 2018 …
New York Times:
Trump Campaign Draws Rebuke for Surveilling Philadelphia Voters  —  President Trump's campaign has been videotaping voters at ballot drop boxes, a tactic that could amount to illegal voter intimidation, Pennsylvania's attorney general says.  —  PHILADELPHIA — The Trump campaign …
Business Insider:
Jared Kushner floating launch of a new Trump-branded media outlet, GOP sources say.  It's another sign of a looming 2020 defeat. … - Jared Kushner has been talking about starting a Donald Trump-themed news outlet or another media company, perhaps as soon as after the November election …
Discussion: The Week and POLITICUSUSA
Washington Post:
Trump administration pressures CDC to back detention of migrant children in border hotels amid coronavirus  —  CDC career officials have pushed back on what they see as an effort to use government scientists to advance the president's political agenda  —  The Trump administration …
 
 
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Matt Petras / The Daily Beast:
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Emma Platoff / The Texas Tribune:
Second whistleblower fired from Texas attorney general's office after accusing Ken Paxton of bribery
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Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
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Briana Bierschbach / Star Tribune:
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Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Beto O'Rourke and Julian Castro fume that Biden has neglected Texas, demand ‘crunch time’ investment
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New York Magazine:
The Debate Guardrails Were a Gift for Trump
Anand Giridharadas / The.Ink:
Judge Barrett is family to me. Don't confirm her