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8:25 AM ET, October 24, 2020

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New York Times:
Trump's Philanthropy: Big Tax Write-Offs and Claims That Don't Always Add Up  —  Hidden financial records cast doubt on a number of his charitable commitments and show that most of his giving came from land deals that offset his income.  —  In President Trump's telling …
Thomas Rid / Washington Post:
Insisting that the Hunter Biden laptop is fake is a trap.  So is insisting that it's real.  —  The lesson of 2016 is to be even more careful with potential disinformation in 2020.  —  “You mean the laptop is now another Russia, Russia, Russia hoax?  You got to be kidding me,” …
Discussion: Axios, The Guardian and Mother Jones
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Davey Alba / New York Times:   Fox News Is Covering Hunter Biden Claims More Than 2016 WikiLeaks Emails
USA Today:
Trump's campaign made stops nationwide.  Coronavirus cases surged in his wake in at least five places. … As President Donald Trump jetted across the country holding campaign rallies during the past two months, he didn't just defy state orders and federal health guidelines.
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
Fauci says it might be time to mandate masks as Covid-19 surges across US  —  See what Dr. Fauci thinks about Biden's mask plan  —  (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci has been reluctant to support a federal mask mandate.  —  “A national mandate probably would not work,” he said on Sept 15 during a news conference with Vermont Gov. Phil Scott.
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
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Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
A Debate Pledge to ‘Transition’ From Oil Puts Climate at Center of Campaign Finale  —  WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden's pledge Thursday night to “transition away from the oil industry” to address global warming put the topic of climate change on center stage for the final stretch of a campaign year …
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Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
Oil Industry Expresses Concern, Not Alarm, About Biden Comments
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
Andy Mannix / Star Tribune:
Texas member of Boogaloo Bois charged with opening fire on Minneapolis police precinct during protests over George Floyd  —  Feds say Texas adherent of far-right group fired on precinct building, conspired with cop killer to ignite civil war.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE
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Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Focus Group Slams Trump for No Empathy in Final Presidential Debate  —  Analysts and pundits are praising President Trump for turning in a more “restrained” performance at this year's final presidential debate.  Though it's true the president presented a calmer façade …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
63 million people watched final presidential debate
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
The Trump Administration Shut a Vaccine Safety Office Last Year.  What's the Plan Now?  —  The office was dedicated to the long-term safety of vaccines.  Experts say plans to track coronavirus vaccines are fragmented and “behind the eight ball.”  —  As the first coronavirus vaccines arrive …
Discussion: The Week
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Seeks Shutdown of NYU Research Project Into Political Ad Targeting  —  In letter this month, Facebook says the project violates provisions in its terms of service that prohibit bulk data collection  —  Facebook Inc. is demanding that a New York University research project cease collecting data …
New York Times:
U.S. Sets Coronavirus Case Record Amid New Surge  —  More than 79,000 new cases of the virus were reported across the country on Friday, shattering an earlier single-day record and stirring new fears about the months ahead.  —  The United States is in the midst of one of the most severe surges …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
National Republican Party Formally Backs QAnon Supporter  —  A $5,000 September donation formalizes the GOP's acceptance of Marjorie Taylor Greene's candidacy after top officials in the party had signalled hesitancy in backing her.  —  After weeks of wavering, the national Republican party …
Discussion: The Hill
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Jared and Ivanka threaten to sue the Lincoln Project for ‘enormous’ damages over Times Square billboards on COVID: report  —  Attorneys representing Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are threatening to sue the Lincoln Project over two Times Square billboards criticizing the administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harriet Alexander / Yahoo News:
Republican party spends nearly $1 million to make Fox News' Sean Hannity a bestseller  —  A stridently pro-Trump Fox News host has seen his book reach the top of the bestsellers list, after the Republican Party spent nearly $1 million buying up copies.  —  Sean Hannity, the highest-paid star …
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Republican Party has spent nearly $1 million making Sean Hannity's book a bestseller
Discussion: New York Daily News
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Forbes Estimates China Paid Trump At Least $5.4 Million Since He Took Office, Via Mysterious Trump Tower Lease  —  Donald Trump maintained a stake in Trump Tower when he became president, and with it, a financial connection to the Chinese government.  —  President Donald Trump, who declared …
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump's historic assault on the civil service was four years in the making  —  President Trump's extraordinary directive allowing his administration to weed out career federal employees viewed as disloyal in a second term is the product of a four-year campaign by conservatives working from a little-known West Wing policy shop.
New York Times:
As Governor Resists Mask Mandate, Iowans Sour on the G.O.P.  —  Gov. Kim Reynolds has adopted President Trump's defiant attitude toward public health guidance on the coronavirus.  But while she isn't on the ballot, her leadership may be dragging down Republicans who are.
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Harrison continues to outraise, outspend Graham in final weeks of expensive SC Senate race  —  COLUMBIA — Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison became the first U.S. Senate candidate in American history to pass the $100 million mark for fundraising and spending in early October as he continued …
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court says ballots can't be rejected based on signature comparisons
Religion News Service:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump, confirmed a Presbyterian, now identifies as ‘non-denominational Christian’  —  Flip  —  WASHINGTON (RNS) — In an exclusive interview with Religion News Service, President Trump said in a written statement that he no longer identifies as a Presbyterian and now sees himself as a non-denominational Christian.
Discussion: New York Post
Hanna Trudo / The Daily Beast:
Biden Trolls Trump With New COVID Website  —  404 ERROR … Joe Biden wants the very online crowd to know that Donald Trump does not have a pandemic plan.  —  At least, that's the pitch the Democratic nominee's campaign is making through a gag website, TrumpCovidPlan.com …
Discussion: The Hill and The Wrap
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Inside the Refugee Camp on America's Doorstep  —  A squalid tent camp on the border is the result of President Trump's unprecedented limits on asylum.  Some people have waited in filthy conditions for more than a year to obtain refuge in the United States.  —  MATAMOROS, Mexico …
Discussion: Electronics Ward News
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Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:   Detention Facilities For Immigrants Fast-Tracked For Deportation Were Rife With Problems, Inspectors Find
Des Bieler / Washington Post:
Brett Favre and President Trump discuss keeping sports separate from politics  —  During a town hall taped Tuesday at the White House and aired Wednesday evening, Brett Favre asked President Trump a question about recent efforts made by professional sports leagues to support anti-racist and pro-Black Lives Matter messages.
Washington Post:
America is poised to enter into its worst stretch yet of the pandemic  —  The nation nears a record-breaking daily number of coronavirus cases.  —  America is poised to enter the worst stretch ever of the coronavirus pandemic, with cases spiking and the country on the precipice of shattering …
Discussion: The Guardian and ABC News
 
 
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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Mark Kelly classmates say report on yearbook photo by right-wing media site is false
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
‘Honor the ancestors’: Harris appeals directly to Black men
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Associated Press
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Mitchell Airport denied Trump campaign request to hold rally, forcing move to Waukesha
Jerome Lynott / Times Leader:
Trump supporters from Japan ratchet up volume at WB rally
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Spin, hyperbole and deception: How Trump claimed credit for an Obama veterans achievement
Discussion: Raw Story
David Shepardson / Reuters:
U.S. Postal Service returns 137 mail processing machines to service
Wall Street Journal:
CNN President Jeff Zucker Faces What Might Be His Last Lap
Columbia Journalism Review:
How the press covered the last four years of Trump
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin Republicans have been facing an outbreak among lawmakers and aides. But they don't want to talk about it.
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senators engage in bitter floor feud over Barrett nomination to Supreme Court