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3:15 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.
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.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trumpworld Wraps Up Campaign by Going Full Q  —  From the president on down, the closing pitch to voters is to signal acceptance of a conspiracy theory that the FBI considers dangerous.  —  Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon had a message for his podcast listeners on Tuesday …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Hunter Biden business associate's text messages indicate meeting with Joe Biden
The Hill:
Shift in tone dominates at final Trump-Biden clash
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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Nick Arama / redstate.com:
Rasmussen Says Trump Just Hit the ‘Holy Grail’ of Reelection Numbers  —  We're now counting down to the election with just 12 days left.  —  We're seeing all kinds of things exploding off in the Biden scandal as more and more information keeps dropping.  It's clear Joe Biden is going to have serious problems over it.
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
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Biden carries big cash advantage into final weeks of election
Discussion: Washington Post, Forbes and IJR
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
The Daily Beast:
‘Should I Kill Joe Biden?’: Feds Say Nomad Busted With Car Full of Guns Debated Assassinating Ex-Veep
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Trump releases unedited “60 Minutes” interview days early  —  President Trump tweeted on Thursday a link to an unedited 38-minute clip of his interview with Lesley Stahl of CBS' “60 Minutes” — days before its planned Sunday airdate.  —  Why it matters: Trump, who threatened yesterday to release the clip …
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Lex Haris / CBS News:
Trump administration violates agreement and releases “60 Minutes” interview ahead of Sunday broadcast
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!
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 …
New York Times:
Russia Poses Greater Election Threat Than Iran, Many U.S. Officials Say  —  Russia's hackers appeared to be preparing to sow chaos amid any uncertainty around election results, officials said.  —  WASHINGTON — While senior Trump administration officials said this week that Iran …
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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
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.
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 …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump campaign press secretary suspended on Twitter over mail-in voting tweet  —  The Trump campaign accused Twitter of seeking to ‘silence’ the campaign, hours before a presidential debate.  —  Trump 2020 spokesman Gidley on Trump campaign reportedly dwarfed by Biden's in fundraising
Discussion: Reuters, Townhall, Breitbart and The Hill
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
Madison Cawthorn's Racist Website  —  A new attack website put up by the Madison Cawthorn campaign includes an explicitly racist broadside against his opponent, Moe Davis (D-NC), for associating himself with people who want to “ruin white males.”  —  For real.
Discussion: Raw Story, Bulwark+ and Political Wire
James Lindsay / New Discourses:
Critical Race Theory's Jewish Problem  —  Critical Race Theory has a Jewish problem, and, finally, people are beginning to notice.  “Stop being shocked,” implores Bari Weiss, formerly of the New York Times, writing for the Jewish commentary magazine Tablet.  Stop starting off sentences with “can you believe...?”
Kyle C. Barry / The Appeal:
Civil Rights Loom Large in North Carolina's Supreme Court Elections  —  The race for chief justice, between a former public defender and a former prosecutor, will shape the court's willingness to advance racial justice.  —  Amid the nationwide protests against police violence last summer …
 
 
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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
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
UK Conservatives ponder global trade reboot
CNN:
White supremacist group talked about paramilitary training in secret vetting calls
Discussion: The Root
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely claims, again, that Oprah had him on the final week of her show
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump campaign ad about America's comeback features footage from Russia and Slovenia
BuzzFeed:
Listen: Chris Pratt Might Be A Republican, But Should We Care?
Discussion: Vox and BuzzFeed News
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
QAnon believers hunting for child kidnappers should start at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Discussion: The Federalist
 Earlier Items: 
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
US signs anti-abortion declaration with group of largely authoritarian governments
Discussion: theslot.jezebel.com and Reuters
Rapid City Journal:
GOV. NOEM: Update on South Dakota's COVID-19 response
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Federal Judges Claim It's Unconstitutional for States to Protect Voting Rights
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
Harrison: Record $57M haul in US Senate race has been spent
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com, The Hill and Vox