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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
Politico:
Trump's allies exhale after debate, immediately fret about upcoming rallies  —  The president's backers were relieved at Trump's more restrained debate performance Thursday night.  But with days of rallies ahead, they know it might not last.  —  President Donald Trump and Democratic …
Discussion: Political Wire
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's new focus: False, ironic claims about Biden leveraging his office to make money  —  Coming into Thursday night's debate, it wasn't clear that President Trump had done much to get ready for it.  Part of this was bravado; part of it was an effort to draw a contrast with his opponent, Joe Biden, who hunkered down to prepare.
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.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump at the Debate Was Like America in 2020: Not Winning
NBC News:
Inside the campaign to ‘pizzagate’ Hunter Biden
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 …
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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James Arkin / Politico:
Big GOP donors step up to help fight Democratic Senate tsunami
Discussion: Raw Story and Bangor Daily News
Alan Fram / Associated Press:   Parties' late spending on Senate races shows GOP's jeopardy
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
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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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 …
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 …
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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
Victoria A. Brownworth / Supermajority:
How Pennsylvanians Are Combatting Voter Suppression  —  Joe Biden and President Trump have campaigned in Pennsylvania weekly since the conventions ended and both have held town halls in Philadelphia.  That's how critical the swing state Hillary Clinton lost on November 8, 2016 (by less than a percent) is to both parties.
Discussion: CBS Philly, Vanity Fair and Raw Story
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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The Supreme Court is giving advocates for voting rights heartburn
Discussion: Associated Press and Slate
Morgan Watkins / Courier-Journal:
Mitch McConnell mostly mum about discolored 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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CNN:
McConnell says ‘no concerns’ despite visible bandages and bruises
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.
bellingcat:
Russia's Clandestine Chemical Weapons Programme and the GRU's Unit 29155  —  On October 15, 2020, the European Union imposed sanctions on six senior Russian officials and a leading Russian research institute over the alleged use of a nerve agent from the Novichok family in the poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
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
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
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.
Tyler Buchanan / Ohio Capital Journal:
Ohioan reports being recruited for plot targeting Gov. DeWine at his home  —  A Miami County resident reported to police being recruited to take part in a citizen's arrest of Gov. Mike DeWine at his Cedarville home a week ago, but the plot evidently never materialized.
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 …
Discussion: CNN
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: Reuters and Political Wire
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.
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 …
Donald J. Trump for President:
Trump Campaign and RNC Announce $26 Million Raised Around Presidential Debate  —  Massive Haul Includes Trump Victory's Largest Digital Fundraising Day Ever  —  WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., the Republican National Committee (RNC), and their authorized joint fundraising …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Under Trump, black prison rate lowest in 31 years, Hispanics down 24%  —  America's imprisonment rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1995, led by a dive in the percentage of blacks and Hispanics sent to jail during the Trump administration, according to a new Justice Department tally.
 
 
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Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Stocks Typically Climb, Regardless of Who's in the White House
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P. Michael McKinley / The Atlantic:
The Politicization of the State Department Is Almost Complete
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
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Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Fact check: Trump says Biden sold Ukraine ‘pillows and sheets.’ What's he talking about?
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
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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
Discussion: The Guardian
Briana Bierschbach / Star Tribune:
‘Only conservative Democrat left’: Minnesota's Collin Peterson bets on record in re-election fight