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9:40 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 …
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.
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.
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 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  —  The Hunter Biden story isn't going away, it's becoming a story about Joe Biden — despite the media's best efforts to make it go away.  —  It's hard to imagine a media establishment more corrupt …
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.
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 /
Rasmussen Says Trump Just Hit the ‘Holy Grail’ of Reelection Numbers
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump-Biden venom on display during final debate
ABC News:
Presidential debate live updates: Trump, Biden clash over key issues
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Amid a year of debate over inequity and police violence, Trump and Biden spar over race
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian, NPR and ABC News
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.”
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Trump and Biden clash over immigration, family separation policy
Nancy Asiamah / WWLP-TV:
Feds arrest North Carolina man who allegedly had plans to assassinate Joe Biden
Discussion: ABC7
The Hill:
Shift in tone dominates at final Trump-Biden clash
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 …
The presidential transition is already underway
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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 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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
‘Presidential’ Trump helped himself in final debate
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 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
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Emma Platoff / The Texas Tribune:
Second whistleblower fired from Texas attorney general's office after accusing Ken Paxton of bribery
Discussion: Off the Kuff
David Brooks / The Atlantic:
Bruce Springsteen and the Art of Aging Well
Alex Nester / Washington Free Beacon:
74 Percent of MS-13 Gang Members Charged Were In United States Illegally
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
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
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The Debate Guardrails Were a Gift for Trump
James Lindsay / New Discourses:
Critical Race Theory's Jewish Problem
Anand Giridharadas / The.Ink:
Judge Barrett is family to me. Don't confirm her
Rod Dreher:
No Families, No Children, No Future
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