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8:30 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.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Biden ‘Family Legacy’  —  What we learned from the text messages of Hunter's partner Tony Bobulinski.  —  Joe Biden has a problem, and his name is Hunter.  Because the former vice president hasn't had to answer any questions on this topic, that problem could soon become America's.
CBS News:
Trump and Biden make final pitch to voters at last presidential debate  —  President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden made their final arguments to voters on Thursday night at their second and final presidential debate, squaring off in Nashville, Tennessee, less than two weeks before the election.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Wraps Up Campaign by Going Full Q
Discussion: Breitbart, Politico and Raw Story
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
Hunter's ex-partner recounts meeting Joe Biden, claims family ‘paranoid’ about hiding former VP's involvement
Associated Press:
Debate Takeaways: Trump gets personal, Biden hits on virus  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden met for the second and last time on a debate stage Thursday after a previously scheduled town hall debate was scrapped after the Republican incumbent became …
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Trump Doesn't Poop Pants; “Wins” Debate  —  So, so, so many lies.  —  Watching the final presidential debate, I couldn't get Jane Coaston's latest piece out of my head: Donald Trump is extremely online and his campaign only makes sense if you too are extremely online.
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.
ABC News:
Presidential debate live updates: Trump, Biden clash over key issues
Nick Arama / redstate.com:
Rasmussen Says Trump Just Hit the ‘Holy Grail’ of Reelection Numbers
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump and Biden clash over immigration, family separation policy
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Amid a year of debate over inequity and police violence, Trump and Biden spar over race
Nick Ochsner / WBTV-TV:
Man arrested in Kannapolis with van full of guns and explosives, researched killing Joe Biden  —  KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (WBTV) - A man was arrested in Kannapolis with a van full of guns and explosives with plans to carry out an act of terrorism, including trying to assassinate Joe Biden.
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Nancy Asiamah / WWLP-TV:
Feds arrest North Carolina man who allegedly had plans to assassinate Joe Biden
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
In Calmer Debate, Biden and Trump Offer Sharply Different Visions for Nation  —  In a more restrained appearance, President Trump depicted Joseph R. Biden Jr. as an ineffectual Washington insider.  Mr. Biden accused the president of heartlessness for separating migrant families and inflaming racial tensions.
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The Hill:
Shift in tone dominates at final Trump-Biden clash
Associated Press:
Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race
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New York Times:
Russia Poses Greater Election Threat Than Iran, Many U.S. Officials Say
Washington Post:
Russia remains more potent threat of election interference despite administration focus on Iran
Politico:
Bernie Sanders makes a play for Biden Labor secretary  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders is hoping to be a part of Joe Biden's potential administration and has expressed a particular interest in becoming Labor secretary, two people familiar with the conversations tell POLITICO.
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Politico:
The presidential transition is already underway
Discussion: Breitbart
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: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden carries big cash advantage into final weeks of election  —  The two candidates for president filed campaign finance disclosures around Thursday's debate in Nashville.  —  The Biden campaign has used its cash advantage to swamp Trump on the airwaves.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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New York Times:
Trump Tries One Last Debate Trick: Be Less Like Himself  —  If voters reject him next month, this will be the chief reason: The 2020 campaign is different, and Donald Trump is not.  —  Before the president's last, best chance to change the trajectory of his re-election bid …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
‘Presidential’ Trump helped himself in final debate
Discussion: Washington Post and KRON4
Rod Dreher:
No Families, No Children, No Future  —  Here's a fascinating article from New York magazine on the massive gender gap between Trump and Biden supporters.  It contains this eye-popping claim, buried deep down: … David Shor is one of the best data people the Democratic Party people has.
Discussion: alicublog
Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS. Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse! #MAGA:
Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS.  Tonight's anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse!  #MAGA
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Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS. Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse! #MAGA:
Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS.  Tonight's anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse!
New York Magazine:
The Debate Guardrails Were a Gift for Trump  —  Though exceeding the standards of the surreal first presidential debate was not necessarily a difficult task, Thursday night's event felt like an accomplishment.  President Trump and Joe Biden engaged in normal-ish back and forth …
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
How to Worry About This Election—and When  —  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.
Anand Giridharadas / The.Ink:
Judge Barrett is family to me.  Don't confirm her  —  A relative of the Supreme Court nominee speaks out in The.Ink  —  Welcome to The.Ink, my newsletter about money and power, politics and culture.  If you're joining us for the first time, hello!  Click the orange button below to get this in your inbox, free.
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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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Can Trump's spy chief be trusted?
Discussion: IJR and NPR
Alex Nester / Washington Free Beacon:
74 Percent of MS-13 Gang Members Charged Were In United States Illegally
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
Mitch McConnell mostly mum about bruised hands, says no concerns
Caroline Hicks / WBTV-TV:
Woman says mother-in-law died after attending Charlotte church event linked to COVID-19 outbreak
Discussion: WCNC-TV and The Daily Beast
Kyle C. Barry / The Appeal:
Civil Rights Loom Large in North Carolina's Supreme Court Elections
 Earlier Items: 
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Beto O'Rourke and Julian Castro fume that Biden has neglected Texas, demand ‘crunch time’ investment
Discussion: The Week
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
UK Conservatives ponder global trade reboot
James Lindsay / New Discourses:
Critical Race Theory's Jewish Problem
CNN:
White supremacist group talked about paramilitary training in secret vetting calls
Discussion: The Root
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump campaign ad about America's comeback features footage from Russia and Slovenia
Discussion: Political Wire
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Madison Cawthorn's Racist Website
Discussion: Raw Story and Bulwark+