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2:10 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
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
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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.
Claire Sanford / Rev:
Donald Trump & Joe Biden Final Presidential Debate Transcript 2020
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Democrats force Senate into unusual but brief closed session to discuss Barrett nomination to Supreme Court  —  Senate Republicans and Democrats engaged in a bitter feud over the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Friday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) …
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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
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Parties' late spending on Senate races shows GOP's jeopardy
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Trump Family Ally Is Arrested on Cyberstalking Charge  —  Ken Kurson, a close friend of the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, was arrested in connection with incidents stemming from his divorce.  —  Ken Kurson, a close friend of President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner …
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Emily Stewart / Vox:
Donald Trump's issue with windmills might not be about birds  —  President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump return to the White House after the final presidential debate on October 23.  Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images  —  If the president were really worried about birds …
Discussion: Breitbart and Al Jazeera
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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.”
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Israel, Sudan Agree to Normalize Ties in U.S.-Brokered Deal  —  Accord ends decades of hostility as one of Africa's largest countries joins a broader diplomatic realignment in the Middle East  —  TEL AVIV—Israel and Sudan agreed to normalize ties in a U.S.-brokered deal on Friday …
Discussion: israpundit.org
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Andy Mannix / Star Tribune:
Charges: Boogaloo Bois fired on Minneapolis police precinct, shouted ‘Justice for Floyd’  —  Feds say Ivan Harrison Hunter helped burn and loot the Third Precinct building as part of a coordinated attack from the far-right group trying to ignite an American civil war.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE
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Dana Thiede / KARE-TV:
Member of ‘Boogaloo Bois’ charged with riot during George Floyd unrest
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Judge orders Justice Department to verify its filings in Flynn case  —  The federal judge presiding over the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn has ordered the Justice Department to conduct an unusual review of its filings in the case and certify by Monday whether any have been manipulated.
Discussion: Washington Times
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Trump campaign spokesperson says parents of separated children don't want them back  —  The Trump campaign's communications director asserted on Friday that the reason some migrant families separated by the administration at the U.S. border have not been reunited is because the parents do not want their children back.
Discussion: Political Wire
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Good Debate, and It's Not Quite Over  —  Biden has a formidable lead, but not a flawless campaign.  And a few signs point in Trump's direction.  —  The hour and a half between 9 and 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Belmont University in Nashville was the last chance Donald Trump had to turn it all around.
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Trump signs executive order that critics warn politicizes federal career civil service  —  Ex-Trump official: Trump calls people that disagree with him ‘deep state’  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump signed an executive order that appears to provide him and his agency appointees more leeway …
Discussion: AFGE, TheBlaze and Daily Kos
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
 
 
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Joe Davies / Daily Mail:
Syrian ISIS terrorist ‘who stabbed tourist to death in Germany’ wanted to slaughter Christians and cut out their tongues - and was under observation on the day of the attack
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Victoria A. Brownworth / Supermajority:
How Pennsylvanians Are Combatting Voter Suppression
Discussion: CBS Philly, Vanity Fair and Raw Story
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
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David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:
The Big Legal Threats Trump Will Face If He Loses the Election
Andrew Wagaman / Morning Call:
Biden leads Trump in Pennsylvania in election's home stretch, new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll shows
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and WHYY
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