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9:55 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.
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.
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.
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
The Mainstream Press Is Desperate To Help Joe Biden, Even If It Means A Media Blackout
New York Post:
Hunter's ex-partner Tony Bobulinski: Joe Biden's a liar and here's the proof
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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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 …
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 Hill, The Guardian and WKBN-TV
Jamie BallardData Journalist / YouGov:
Viewers say Joe Biden won the final presidential debate
ABC News:
Presidential debate live updates: Trump, Biden clash over key issues
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.”
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Washington Post:
Russia remains more potent threat of election interference despite administration focus on Iran
New York Times:
Russia Poses Greater Election Threat Than Iran, Many U.S. Officials Say
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Forbes, Political Wire and Snopes.com
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
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 …
Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
19 women allege medical abuse in Georgia immigration detention  —  At least 19 women at a Georgia immigration facility are now alleging that a doctor performed, or pressured them to undergo, “overly aggressive” or “medically unnecessary” surgery without their consent, including procedures …
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.
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 …
ABC News:
‘He shot himself in the foot’: Seniors repelled by Trump's pandemic response  —  An ABC News/Washington Post poll found Biden and Trump near even among seniors.  —  Elizabeth Warren: ‘Everything is on the table’ when it comes to Supreme Court changes  —  “We need to restore the credibility …
Briana Bierschbach / Star Tribune:
‘Only conservative Democrat left’: Minnesota's Collin Peterson bets on record in re-election fight  —  The Blue Dog Democrat finds himself increasingly isolated from his party as Republicans spend millions to unseat him.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE  —  Leaning against a light blue convertible …
Discussion: Jewish Insider
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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Can Trump's spy chief be trusted?  —  The mission statement for the director of national intelligence stresses nonpartisan values: excellence, courage, respect and integrity.  Regrettably, the performance of current DNI John Ratcliffe has often seemed to emphasize another metric …
Discussion: IJR and NPR
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.
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Susan Collins Hasn't Changed Much, but Maine Has
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David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:
The Big Legal Threats Trump Will Face If He Loses the Election
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Union leaders have Biden's back on fracking. But in Pennsylvania, their members aren't so sure.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Emma Platoff / The Texas Tribune:
Second whistleblower fired from Texas attorney general's office after accusing Ken Paxton of bribery
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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James Lindsay / New Discourses:
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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
Rod Dreher:
No Families, No Children, No Future
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