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12:55 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
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.
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 …
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.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Biden ‘Family Legacy’
Jennifer Van Laar / redstate.com:   Jaw-Dropping Report Details Chinese State-Owned Company's Partnership With Biden, Kerry Families
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.”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Trump Won the Debate—But Won Bigly the Post-Debate
Discussion: Florida Politics
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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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.
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: The Guardian and Snopes.com
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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: The Week
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 …
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 …
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.
Nicholas Lemann / New Yorker:
The Republican Identity Crisis After Trump  —  This Presidency poses stark questions about the ideological future of both parties.  —  The last weekend in August, 2001, two weeks before the attacks of 9/11, President George W. Bush travelled with his wife, Laura, and an entourage …
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 …
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 …
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.
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Trump campaign spokesperson claims parents of separated children don't want them back  —  Multiple media outlets reported this week that the federal government remains unable to find the parents of more than 500 children who were separated from their families.  —  A child is reunited with her family after crossing the border.
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 …
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.
Barak Ravid / Axios:
Trump removes Sudan from state sponsors of terrorism list  —  President Trump signed Friday an order to remove Sudan from the State Department's state sponsors of terrorism list, senior U.S. officials tell me.  —  Why it matters: Trump's signature paves the way for the U.S. and Sudan …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Reuters:
Pelosi: COVID-19 aid possible before election but up to Trump to corral Senate Republicans  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it still was possible to get another round of COVID-19 aid before the Nov. 3 election, but that it was up to President Donald Trump to act …
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, WHYY, Raw Story and Political Wire
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Donald Trump's issue with windmills might not be about birds  —  If the president were really worried about birds, he'd be talking about cats — and probably wouldn't be trying to scrap penalties for industries that kill birds.  —  SHARE All sharing options
Discussion: Breitbart
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 and The Guardian
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Fact check: Trump says Biden sold Ukraine ‘pillows and sheets.’ What's he talking about?  —  “I sold, while he was selling pillows and sheets, I sold tank busters to Ukraine.  There has been nobody tougher on Russia than Donald Trump,” Trump claimed.  —  This claim perplexed many.
 
 
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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Arizona Is Ready to Toss Trump — and the Rest of the GOP
Helen Branswell / STAT:
FDA shows signs of cold feet over emergency authorization of Covid-19 vaccines
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
John Myers / Los Angeles Times:
‘MAGA’ hats allowed but ‘Biden’ gear banned under California in-person voting rules
Discussion: Breitbart and Raw Story
Matt Petras / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Fracking Fixation Is Not Landing in Pennsylvania
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and Vox
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The Big Legal Threats Trump Will Face If He Loses the Election
Molly O'Toole / Los Angeles Times:
19 women allege medical abuse in Georgia immigration detention
Briana Bierschbach / Star Tribune:
‘Only conservative Democrat left’: Minnesota's Collin Peterson bets on record in re-election fight
Discussion: Jewish Insider
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.
Discussion: The Week and POLITICUSUSA